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According to a new, nationwide survey of pediatricians conducted by the conducted by SERMO (the largest online network exclusively for physicians), “feeding” questions are one of the top three categories of concerns for new moms. “Pooping” and “sleeping” were the other two, which usually are correlated to feeding.
I remember having a lot of questions about feeding as a new mom. Just to give you some history, I think that I faced all the common baby feeding issues. I have breastfed, bottle fed, and formula fed. I’ve had mastitis twice. Out of four kids, two were dairy intolerant and had to have a special formula for the first year. One even had blood in his stool because his tummy was so upset. All four of my kids had reflux. I also had the usual breastfeeding problems of latch, but I was fairly lucky when it came to production. I had one who hated the switch to table food. It had gotten to the point that the daycare workers had to tell my husband she wouldn’t be able to move up classes if she didn’t start eating table food. But she eventually caught on, after weeks of worrying on my part. I made baby food, bought baby food, and pureed table food. So I feel like I have a pretty good perspective on feeding questions- mainly because I’ve had them all, too!
This week I asked my Facebook fans what their common feeding concerns were or are. I received a range of answers, and I thought they would be good to run through today. These are Real Feeding Questions from Real Moms. I do want to confirm that I am not a pediatrician, but I have done research and can answer most of these from personal experience. As always, consult your physician or pediatrician before making any healthcare decisions. I also include a resource page after each question that you can check out for yourself.
- Bobbye asked, “What are the warning signs of mastitis?” Personally, I always experienced early warning signs of mastitis. I would get a red, almost hard knot, that would begin to get painful. That would last about 24 hours, and then I would get a flu-like feeling- complete with a fever. I found mastitis to be the most painful breastfeeding related issue that I had. See the Mayo Clinic’s complete list of symptoms.
- ChiWei asked, ” What solids are babies allowed to have?” I actually just asked my pediatrician this no more than a month ago! When I had my first child, there was a whole list of foods that she couldn’t eat at certain times. Since having my boys last year, apparently it’s all changed! The American Academy of Pediatrics has altered its stance on complementary food introduction at six months of age to everything except for cow’s milk and honey. Read more about it in this article.
- Marilyn asked, “What type of yogurt are babies allowed to eat?” All of my babies LOVED yogurt. I always introduced it around 6 months, and I only gave them an organic baby yogurt like Stonyfield (their favorite flavor was the banana. I may or may not have liked it, too). Introducing yogurt was how I discovered that my two who could not have dairy based formula were getting over their intolerance. According to this article by BabyCenter, as long as the yogurt is not reduced fat or sweetened with honey or an artificial sweetener, it is typically okay.
- Kadie asked, “When is the right time to introduce a new food?” Always wait two to three days in between introducing a new food. This way, if a food gives baby an adverse reaction, you’ll know exactly which one is the culprit. I lucked out- none of mine were ever allergic to any fruits or vegetables. One of mine did get a strange rash around his month when his sister gave him a bite of peanut butter when he was around a year old, but nothing more came of it than that. New moms may find it helpful to jot down in a little notebook the new food and when it was introduced. Tired moms are apt to forget– I definitely know this from experience– so rely on pen and paper when necessary. This article from HealthyChildren.org on Switching to Solid Foods is an excellent resource for solid food related questions.
- Tiffany asked, “What are signs that your baby is ready for solids?” Babies should be able to independently hold their head up, and they should be sitting independently. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends waiting until 6 months to introduce solid foods, but my pediatrician has always been flexible based on the individual baby. For my boys, they had a “want” for food fairly early. They would grab for our food or for a spoon. But they were too young to effectively push the food to the back of their mouths with their tongues. So even though they may have been sitting up, it was still a bit early. On the other hand, my daughter was 10 months old and would gag every time a puree or solid came her way. She just didn’t like the texture. Eventually, I had to undertake a “cold turkey” approach with her, and she was eating solids by 11 months. Again, this article is a great solid food resource!
Another question that new moms typically have is about the type of formula. I’m an advocate of breastfeeding as long as you can, but I am realistic and also know that there are circumstances when formula has to be supplemented. For my boys, I was unable to keep up my production with all three, so we did use some formula. According to the survey mentioned above, 71 percent of pediatricians believe all infant formulas are basically the same; the brand doesn’t matter.
- Most moms don’t know that the FDA strictly regulates formula to keep little ones safe, so store brand formulas, like Wal-Mart’s Parent’s Choice and Target’s Up & Up, are nutritionally comparable to national brands like Enfamil® and Similac® and meet FDA standards.
- By switching to store brand formula, a family can save up to $600 per year without compromising quality. Visit www.storebrandformula.com for formula coupons and more information.
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