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can i mix a little baby food, fruit, with formula in a bottle?

my daughter is 5 1/2 months old and has been through ALOT! she has a hemangioma on the bottom right side of her mouth that goes all on the inside of that cheek. for those who dont know what that is its a tumor of blood vessel that can grow quiet large. Now shes also soy and milk intolerant and has been switched recently to this elecare formula. she hasnt been eating very well and today we found out shes losing weight and is now underweight. shell sit there and doing the sucking motion but not actual drink anything majority of the time, i personal think its a comfort thing for her (n yes ive tried a pacifier , only the bottle will do ) anyways shes not eating very well and ive been told this formula shes on isnt very good , taste wise , so i was wondering if i could just add may be a table spoon of bananas in with her formula not to thicken it but to just add some flavor ?

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Asked by tatortot4 at 11:38 PM on Apr. 19, 2013 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • No. Adding food to a bottle is a choking hazard. Talk with your ped about getting a higher calorie formula if possible.

    Answer by Ginger0104 at 11:43 PM on Apr. 19, 2013

  • I don't see how it could do any harm.

    Answer by tntmom1027 at 11:44 PM on Apr. 19, 2013

  • If there isn't any long large clumps she is just talking about a bit of it to try and give flavor, though I don't think it will make much of a difference to the child, have you ever tasted regular formula?? it is nasty.

    Answer by tntmom1027 at 11:45 PM on Apr. 19, 2013

  • Yes, it can do harm, tntmom1027, it is a choking hazzard! Solids should be fed from a spoon.

    Start with something mild like avocado. Mash it and add a little formula. And don't be surprised if she does not accept it right away. It can take 10-20 introductions for a child of any age to accept a new food. Also, if she thrusts her tongue out at the spoon she is likely not ready for solids.

    Most importantly, discuss all of this with her doctor.

    Answer by balagan_imma at 11:52 PM on Apr. 19, 2013

  • NO. Your daughter already has food related issues. Do not feed her anything without her doctor's approval.

    Answer by Dardenella at 11:58 PM on Apr. 19, 2013

  • i cant feed her from a spoon properly yet bc she has the hemangioma which makes its hard to swallow without like the bottle in her mouth her tongue is kinda pushed to the side and she cant close her mouth

    Comment by tatortot4 (original poster) at 12:53 AM on Apr. 20, 2013

  • NO,NO, NO!! Not until at least 10 months unless you want to cause gas pains & stomach issues for the future. ALL she needs is Formula or Breast milk! Children develop allergies to foods thay are given too early in life & her digestive system is NOT prepared to break down food yet!!!!

    Answer by ILovemyPaulie at 9:01 AM on Apr. 20, 2013

  • Agree with to your doctor about a better formula.

    Answer by silverthreads at 10:06 AM on Apr. 20, 2013

  • I agree with ginger about the formula, but have you and the pediatrician discussed a NG tube, nasogastric tube? You say she can't use her tongue properly, so that might be why she doesn't seem to be eating very well. You use your tongue to suck; just a thought. Hopefully, you can get this figured out, but I would not reccomend putting solids in her bottle. That would just be more of a chocking hazard. GL, hopefully you get this worked out.

    Answer by mommy_jules at 10:52 AM on Apr. 20, 2013

  • Are they going to remove it? What is the plan for the doctor to help her get some relief? I would say if you blend it in a blender very smooth you could try it, AFTER you talk to her doctor.

    Answer by jerseydiva at 11:54 AM on Apr. 20, 2013

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