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Is it true that you are now never supposed to add cereal to babies bottles because it could lead to childhood obesity.?

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Dr. Khayriyyah Chandler
Family Medicine 14 years experience
True: Adding cereal does not necessarily make babies sleep better. It's a source of high sugar Hugh calories that babies don't need. At 4 to 6 months talk to your doctor about feeding baby. Continue mommy's milk or formula until 1. Mommy's milk for longer if possible.
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatric Pulmonology 36 years experience
Avoid overfeeding: Overfeeding can lead to excessive weight gain. There is a correlation between rapid early weight gain and childhood obesity. Baby cereal has iron and provides additional nutrients and is usually started at around the age of 4 months.

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