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Infant Care (up to 18 months old) Message Board


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it's strongly recommended that cereal not be given to babies until 4-6mo b/c
1) their system is not ready for it,
2) feeding cereal in bottle leads to overfeeding as baby gets same volume but significantly higher calories
3) recent studies show kids fed cereal/solids before 4mo are much more likely to be overweight as adults than children only bottle/breastfed until 6mo.
4) feedig cereal is recommended only using spoon as a seperate meal, again so that baby has a chance to stop when full.

We have to remember that our parents and some older doctors may give advice that was fine 20-30 yrs ago, but since then a lot of research has been done and new information discovered. I would tell this to your SIL and recommend that she gets second opinion and extra help. Just tell her that you've been doing some reading on line and only want what's best for her DD. Tell her that soon, DD will start sleeping better and she doesn't have to overfeed her child, which will not help anyways, and only do harm long term.





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