• Is it okay to feed my newborn infant cereal with her bottle to gain weight?”

    Find out what our experts have to say.
    by Stephanie F. Esguerra .
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    Pediatricians and nutritionists do not advise this, except in rare instances, such as when a baby has severe reflux and isn’t getting enough calories.

    It is best to consult your doctor about other feeding options such as supplementing with extra formula or trying medication or vitamins.

    Adding the calories in the bottle can cause your baby to overfeed and become overweight.

    Give her cereal when she is old enough to digest solids, between 4 and 6 months.

     

    SOURCES:

    • Sunil Sazawal, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., associate professor, department of international health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, U.S.
    • SMART PARENTING May/June, November/December 2003, March, April, June, July, August, November 2004, April, May, June, September, December 2005

     

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