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Re: Breast fed or Bottle fed

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Posted by Debbie on January 05, 2003 at 16:35:00:

In Reply to: Breast fed or Bottle fed posted by jocelyn on January 04, 2003 at 22:41:27:

I have heard and also observed that breastfed babies are usually bigger, usually because the mother has no idea how much food they are getting and they eat as much as they want as opposed to bottlefed babies, where you can give them what you want them to have. However, I'm not sure that this gives them better musculature to develop sooner...acutally, the bigger the baby, the "slower" they MAY develop because of the weight they have to move. However, the developmental "charts" are very leniant as to what they expect and when and certain things may have a developmental age range that includes many months. (ie. sitting in a typically developing child can range in months from 4-18 and still be considered within normal limits).

My son was bottlefed...before we left the hospital he was lifting his head. He cut his first teeth (4 of them) at 5 months, he pulled up, cruised and climbed steps by 8 months and he walked by himself at 9 1/2 months old. He was very early and bottlefed. I believe some of it is genetic.

My son also has/has VERY SEVERE reflux and is small for his age at 18 lbs...14 months old. Kids with reflux also tend to do things, especialy eating, at their own time, my son did do this.

I started around 7 months old w/cereal..rice, oatmeal, barley, mixed..giving each 7 days then vegetables and fruit giving them 5 days each. My son was never interested in food until he could eat table food. And the reflux made him only interested in certain foods that did not hurt while being thrown up.

I wouldn't worry about any of this...he sounds just great to me!! I would just make sure that you and your pediatrician feel the reflux is under control for your sons comfort.

: Since the birth of my son 6 month's ago, I have wondered about the weight gain from either of these feeding sources.

: I know my son's is a little different as he had major gas pains and throw ups that he was very slow to begin with.\

: But my observsartion is: do breast fed babies put on the weight faster, and therefore have stronger musculature then bottle fed.

: My son did not hold up his head until he was 4 month's old. This was partly our fault as he would always throw up when put on his stomach.

: Also, when did anyone who bottle fed , start their babies on solid food. John, did not show any interest until he was close to 6 month's and even now seems to take it or leave it.

: Final question, could someone really let me know how to set up a schedule to feed these solids? Before John got sick, I would give him cereal, and a vegetable to try for a couple of days, and onto the next, but was I only to do rice, then oatmeal, then barley, then wheat, then veggies, then fruit?

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