I've been putting cereal in his bottles since he was 2 months and we started giving him cereal by the spoon when he was 3 months and for about a week now it's been a fight to get him to drink his bottles, he will have an oz here and there but with a fight! He's always loved his bottles. I've tried diff nipples curently he's still on slow flow ones and does not like it any faster, he has different types of bottles, i've tried it cool and warm, i've tried giving his bottle first before cereal and i've tried cereal and then bottle and nothing is working! Should I stop alltogether with solids? but then if he still wont drink his bottles then he is getting nothing.I need help I dont know what to do?? I want to bring him to the doctor but realy what will that help? how long will this last? At first I thought it was because he was teething because he started to drool a lot a few weeks ago and now he always has his fingers and hands in his mouth, but do other babies stop drinking bacause they are teething? My husband gets mad at me because im so upset over this... his way of fixing this problem is giving him more food but I keep telling him a baby needs their formula especially at only 16 weeks old! Is there anyone who can help me out with this, how do I solve this problem? :'(

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I am concerned that you are mixing cereal into your baby's bottle, I thought this was an old practice that wasn't done anymore. Everything I read, including What to Expect The First Year says that this is a bad idea, and could lead to choking and other potential problems. Here is a link from babycentre that discusses this a little bit.

Here is a great website that discusses introducing solid food I used it when starting solids with my oldest daughter: http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/solids.htm

Other parents have posted similar concerns about their baby refusing the bottle, answers to those questions may be helpful to you:

http://moms4mom.com/questions/3636/help-my-baby-wont-drink-his-bottle-any-more http://moms4mom.com/questions/2350/hungry-baby-wont-nurse-in-the-evening

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edited 14 May '11, 15:12

Tammy.. thanx for your concern but I am not the only one on here who is still doing the cerael in the bottle thing. You can't go by the book with everything. Every baby is different and my own pediatrician tells me to ignore the books and do what is best for my child, my baby at 2 months old was 20 lbs and I couldnt keep up with the demand to drink formula all the time, it just wasnt enough for him.. that is the weight of a 6 or 7 month old, so yeah I cant exactly go by his age. He is above average and off the growth charts so he needed more. Some of the problems today with starting too late are food allergies and they wont accept food when finally introduced. In my opinion and a lot of others, world health organization has became way too strict with this kind of stuff. Do you boil every bottle after every use? because that's also in the books. I hope this wont last too long as I have read some of the other common questions and another mom said it was just a phase. Keeping my fingers crossed. In the meantime I will keep trying and give him a little water to make sure he doesn't get dehydrated and we will see his pediatrician. This is new to me because my twins never did this, but every baby is different.

(13 May '11, 21:43) Juliana

Sorry Tammy. I have to disagree with you on this one. When the doctor told us to start my daughter on cereal, the only way she could swallow it was in her formula. But for my son, he needed it by itself or in pureed veggies. Each baby is different and if handled carefully, cereal can be added to formula.

(14 May '11, 14:21) mkcoehoorn
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I'm honestly surprised. I understand every baby is different, and my oldest daughter started rice cereal at 4 months, but the statement made by the Pediatrician in What to Expect.. regarding cereal in bottles was very strong. I suppose, if I remember correctly, the main concern was cutting a slit in the nipple to prevent clogging from the cereal, thus increasing the risk of choking.

(14 May '11, 15:16) Tammy ♦♦

From my experience teething totally messes with babies heads. As for the cereal in the bottle. the exception to the rule is if your baby has acid reflux. Our doctor recommended putting rice cereal in bottles even as early as 2 months to help thicken the formula and hold it in the stomach (hopefully preventing the baby from spitting it up or vomiting and accidentally inhaling the vomit in the middle of the night). Babies with projectile reflux like my son had are "allowed" to break lots of rules like sleep in swings or carseats or even on their bellies or sides simply to prevent aspirating in the middle of the nght (a much more dangerous problem than SIDS). The idea is to use your own parental insight, skills and brain to care for your child in the way that you think works best.

(27 Jun '11, 00:06) Brysons Mommy

Regarding "I want to bring him to the doctor but realy what will that help?":

Well, that will help you with things we really can't help you with, i.e. questions like "Is my baby still healthy, even though he's been refusing his milk?" "How long can this go on until it will become a real problem?", as these questions can really only be answered by examining your baby. Depending on the answers to those questions and others in the same vein, you can probably try a few more things or may need to act a little faster.

From my feeling: Starting with cereal at 2 months seems really early, true. But then again, if the baby is just that big ... maybe that's what it needed. I would have asked the doctor right then though. If your baby is within the "norms" it's not a problem to not go 100% by the book (nobody does, right? To take up your example, I think we boiled the bottles twice, once after we got them and once somewhere in between then and now, and she's >7 months now.)

However, if you are outside all of the charts, i.e. you can't simply go by what works for most people, then I think you may do good in consulting the opinion of a health expert on things like your babies diet and other basic needs.

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answered 15 May '11, 16:17

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This problem only lasted about 2 weeks, I did take him to see his pediatrician and he was checked out, dr said he looked great and deffinately thriving! He was not at all dehydrated and still gained weight since last month and was healthy. Dr suggested we feed him a bit more cereal because I was only giving him 3 baby spoons in a bowl mixed with water. It was my husband's idea of moving baby boy to the next step formula because maybe he just didnt want step 1 anymore, maybe he was bored, so I also brought that to my doctors attention and he was very comfortable with that idea and told us it was a great idea and to go to the store and try it, So I did that exact thing and My baby was finally drinking his bottles again!! I was very happy and stress free in an instant.

However my baby did get his first tooth exactly 1 month later so perhaps it might of had something to do with it?? pre-teething. Who knows, but all I do know is that every baby is different and not everything works with every baby. My son is doing wonderful, he is 5 months now and working on his second tooth already and is weighing in at 24 lbs! He is so advanced with everthing! Im so in love! :)

I hope some of the tricks and methods I used can be helpful to other mommies and babies too!

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@Juliana thank you for reporting back and letting us know how well he's doing

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