Are you like most parents who look for the easiest and quickest ways to feed their babies? (Who can blame you though, those little rascals are quite demanding!) Well, if you’ve been considering adding cereal to your baby’s milk bottle, then this article is a must-read. We’ll be taking a closer look at everything you need to know about breakfast-in-bottle - how it works, when best to start and all that jazz.
You may be wondering what exactly breakfast-in-bottle means (no shame). So let’s break it down. Breakfast-In-Bottle simply means adding cereal or another type of soft food directly into your baby’s milk (formula or breastmilk) which she drinks from her bottle using a nipple attachment.
Is It Safe?
As with every other feeding milestone in your child's life, safety is always top priority. On that note, here are some tips on how to ensure safety while practicing breakfast-in-bottle:
- Always wait until your baby reaches 4-6 months old before trying this method.
- Speak with your paediatrician before doing so as they will tell you whether or not the time is right.
- Never add anything else besides infant cereal into the mixture.
- Use only one teaspoonful per four ounces of liquid (i.e., % represented as w/v)
- Shake well before giving it to her. 6.Moreover try preferring silicone based nipples over latex ones which discolour easily and harbor bacteria
Benefits of Breakfast-In-A-Bottle
The debate on why parents might want such an easy way out when it comes to feeding their babies has never ceased but there are tons of benefits tied up to having infants eat cereals even beyond tradition.They include: - A Fuller tummy: Some babies may sleep better through the night, which then let you do what normal people do (Catch. Some. Sleep!!). - Easy transition to solid foods (so we can all get back to our green bowls without being plastered by peas and mashed potatoes daily). - Nutrient enrichment because baby cereal is usually fortified with iron and other vitamins essential for baby growth.
But it's not all rosy & daisy as in every garden ... there are a few controversies too.
Controversies Surrounding Breakfast-In-A-Bottle
Despite the fact that breakfast-in-bottle is an easy way out when it comes to feeding babies, there have been some reservations regarding its safety and effectiveness:
Some infants might be intolerant of cereals added to milk leading to constipation.Their digestive systems find it hard breaking down wheat--Which forms part of most cereal brands sold
Choking Hazard/ Danger of empty calorie consumption associated with steady intake
Infants have tiny oesophagi meaning they aren’t’ able to manage much much at one go—some factors like fatigue,hunger or simple physiological immaturity may trigger them totake more than they should which later puts them at risk of choking.Even worse --Cereal fortified infant formulas yield high amounts of processed sugar content , proving difficult in maintaining healthy balanced diets for growing toddlers .
In view, parents intending on introducing breakfast -in-a-bottle should consider watching keenly their babies appetite values so as not create unnecessary health complications along the way.
Sometimes the mixture settles or becomes too thick - hence barely satisfiying hunger cravings espescially overnight-(Holla holla mummies! Remember this?...When your baby was a week old?)
Furthermore since formula contains only two-thirds times energy concentration compared with mother's milk,might give shallow satisfaction towards these hunger pangs.
Another disadvantage is that the mixture tends to stick inside bottle nipples, it’s recommended to use wider nipple heads so as not to eliminate collapse--causing air bubbles or better yet nooks with varying angles & thicknesses will prevent clogging and sporadic flow
This of course leads on too;
How To Use Breakfast-In-A-Bottle For An Efficient Feeding Time
Do you wanna join the breakfast-in-bottle gang, but still doubt your skills? Here’s a guide on how best to incorporate breakfast-in-bottle into your baby feeding schedule:
- Seek approval from paediatrician.Moreover-Look out for intolerances -if they do present themselves,you might consider adding small amounts of water (50 ml at least twice daily) by rota which helps in softer stools formation
- Decide On The Right Cereal: Choose rice cereal vs wheat cereal .Rice based cereals are high in calcium reduction levels hence gentler towards tinier digestive systems (& those babies who may suffer cows milk intolerance)--It's easier also mixing them since they possess finer grains compared with wheeted alternatives .
- Determine The Amount: One teaspoon per every four ounces of liquid is usually what doctors recommend.This implies one tsp holds upto approx 5g or roughly same size as child teaspoon.
- Mix It Up Well (awwww yeahh.. Shake it like an instative parent!) using sterilized utensils 5 And Finally-Feed Her Comfortably-Regularly monitor fluidic intake because cereal contains fewer calories than formula;makes their appetite appear larger resulting towards overfeeding
With these babies tips (see what we did there?), you should be an expert in handling this new feeding method!
Breakfast-In-A-Bottle;stirs many arguments amongst parents nursing young ones—its efficiency and suitability variables relies on factors like age,health condition,schedules,i.e. frequency of feeds and lastly ...%w/v attributes in fortified cereals.
Truth be told like any new infant care trend that pops up the market ,gets adopted,yet emerges with a few controversies-- breakfast-in-a-bottle hasn't fully evaded constraints regarding issues tied to nutrition,safety and efficiency but the aforementioned cheatsheet definitely helps steer parents contemplative decisions towards improv I mean 'better' feeding habits for their infants—all things considered .
Remember you're not alone so don't beat yourself up when none of these methods work (chances are they might).Now who's in for some kiddy cereal bowl challenge? #WeAreTheChampions though!