Found A Helpful Feeding Guide

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Found A Helpful Feeding Guide
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Mon, 09-22-2003 - 3:42pm
Hello! I found this helpful guide online while looking for any feeding information on the Web. It has proven to be very useful when questions pop up. Thought I would share it with everyone--www.welcomeaddition.com/transitionalfeedingguide.htm. This guide is by the Institute of Pediatric Nutrition. You can just print it right off the site (for free!)--it is a PDF file, so it is easy to read.

Does anyone else know of any helpful materials online (ideally, at no charge)? Also, what do you think of this guide? I would love to know everyone's thoughts on both questions!

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Mon, 09-22-2003 - 4:00pm
I don't have a problem with their info regarding first solids.

I'm curious. What sort of info are you looking for regarding feeding your baby.....wrt solid foods??


christine


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Mon, 09-22-2003 - 7:23pm
This site is from a formula company - it is just the teensiest bit biased.

Isabel





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Mon, 09-22-2003 - 7:41pm
What specifically did you find that was biased in the site? Just curious. I thought it would be quite helpful, especially to a first time mom.

~Kim

"Becoming a parent means agreeing to allow your heart to go walking around outside of your body."

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Tue, 09-23-2003 - 7:14pm
"The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends beginning to offer solid foods between 4 to 6 months of age."

I thought the AAP had gone over to 6 mos like the WHO?

"Babies should not be encouraged to eat beyond their needs. Some parents or other caregivers might be tempted to insist that babies finish the last drop in the bottle or the last spoonful of food from a dish, which may lead to overfeeding.

You may have heard that mixing a bit of rice cereal in your baby's bottle will help him sleep through the night."

These sentences in the first part of the site led me to believe to begin with, that they weren't even going to mention breastmilk...as if they were assuming all babies were bottlefed!

"When you supplement solid foods with Similac® 2 or Similac® Isomil® 2, you can help bridge the nutritional gaps and be sure you're providing a source of complete nutrition for your baby."

Just the mention of a name brand, instead of saying "follow up formula, or follow up soy-based formula" shows a bias to me...

"Or, if your baby is extremely hungry, try to give part of his breastfeeding or formula first and then offer the baby food."

I don't know about with formula feeding, as I am not an expert there ;-) but with breastmilk, it is recommended to give the baby their milk BEFORE the solid food meal for the duration of the first year. So this shouldn't even have to be said this way...instead they should be saying "breastfeed first, and then offer solids".

"# As a first food, choose an iron-fortified infant cereal. Begin with rice cereal, followed by barley and then oat grain cereals for best results."

I think this is the biggest giveaway. For infants who are at risk of iron deficiency anemia, which is more common in non-breastfed infants, it seems logical to want to give something iron fortified. The problem though, is that baby cereal's iron, while in abundance, is hard to absorb. Also, a full-term breastfed baby is unlikely to be lacking in iron before 6-9 mos and "iron fortified" cereals are not necessary, nor are they necessarily the best thing to start with for other reasons (the main one being that amylase, the enzyme that digests starches, isn't even available in the infant's gut until more like around 10 mos!). I have learned that it is much better to start with fruits/veggies, then meat or substitutes (ie egg yolk, white fish), and cereals last, because of the amylase thing. If this is true for both FF and BF babies, then this is misleading the way they say things. If it's only true for BF babies whose digestive systems work a bit differently to begin with, well then it is therefore biased against BF infants, isn't it? :-)

"If your baby has diarrhea, the doctor may recommend that you give him Pedialyte® Oral Electrolyte Maintenance Solution for a short time to replace fluid and minerals lost during the diarrhea. "

Yet another mention of a brand name...is Pedialyte made by Ross who makes Similac? Why not just say "an oral electrolyte solution" or something? If they want to give info and have people believe it is unbiased, IMHO they need to get rid of the brand names and go with the descriptive words.

How believeable would a site about how to treat a cold be, if it said "first, make sure your nose is perfectly clear by blowing it out into Kleenex® tissues. Then, make sure to take some Neo Citran® before bed, and get lots of rest. Campbell's® chicken noodle soup is a good rehyrator and provides energy that is necessary for healing, and when your throat is sore, Halls® cough lozenges should be used until the soreness is gone completely."

It's like a walking advertisement, not a true "let's help you get better tips" page.

Fio.

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Tue, 09-23-2003 - 8:04pm
Thanks for your thoughts. I was assuming that the bias the first poster mentioned was speaking only of a bias against BFing, and I really didn't see that in there. The mention of brand names doesn't bother me at all. As a consumer, I'm aware that there are multiple brands of products available, and would certainly choose whichever I preferred. I did think the overall information in the site could be quite useful.

Also, I didn't get this point in your post:

<<"Or, if your baby is extremely hungry, try to give part of his breastfeeding or formula first and then offer the baby food."

<<"I don't know about with formula feeding, as I am not an expert there ;-) but with breastmilk, it is recommended to give the baby their milk BEFORE the solid food meal for the duration of the first year. So this shouldn't even have to be said this way...instead they should be saying "breastfeed first, and then offer solids".">>

Honestly, I don't see much difference between what they said and what you've said. In both cases, it's recommended to BF or FF first, then offer solids. Since this is not a breastfeeding only site, why "should" they word it your way, instead of the way that they did?

~Kim

"Becoming a parent means agreeing to allow your heart to go walking around outside of your body."

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Tue, 09-23-2003 - 8:17pm
<<"Or, if your baby is extremely hungry, try to give part of his breastfeeding or formula first and then offer the baby food."

<<"I don't know about with formula feeding, as I am not an expert there ;-) but with breastmilk, it is recommended to give the baby their milk BEFORE the solid food meal for the duration of the first year. So this shouldn't even have to be said this way...instead they should be saying "breastfeed first, and then offer solids".">>

Honestly, I don't see much difference between what they said and what you've said. In both cases, it's recommended to BF or FF first, then offer solids. Since this is not a breastfeeding only site, why "should" they word it your way, instead of the way that they did? "

Well, the way I read it, it's as if they were insinuating that everyone would be feeding solids FIRST before nursing or bottlefeeding, but that if the baby were reluctant (ie too hungry) then to nurse or give the bottle before trying the solids only then. IOW I took it to mean they were basically recommending that the baby NOT be fed their bottle or breastfed before getting the solids.

Fio.