They’ve now come out with a formula (Restfull) that globs up in your child’s stomach and intestines so that s/he doesn’t get hungry at night [you know, LIKE NORMAL] and therefore doesn’t wake up at night [you know, LIKE NORMAL]. I read about it on this blog that a friend of mine linked to. The comments after the post are as worth reading as the post.
Here are various quotes from the post and comments:
Babies need to sleep lightly and/or wake up frequently at night – it is a very protective feature against SIDS (might this new formula be linked with a SIDS increase?)
Why does society insist on putting babies away and letting them cry it out, and now a formula to help them sleep all night?!
A fellow pediatrician colleague here at the hospital recently treated a 4lb SIX month old who was starving to death because the baby’s parents thought they could just add rice cereal to her formula to ‘fill her up’ 3 times a day. Her brain had already completely shut down due to starvation and her body was near death as well. This poor child had been born a healthy, hearty baby and had literally starved to death at the hand of unknowing parents who thought she could just eat 3 times a day and “be quiet” in her crib the rest of the day/night.
How’s this for a tagline: “like lead in your baby’s tummy!”
Why would you want to give something to your baby that is going to suppress ANY of its natural urges? I haven’t gotten a good night’s sleep in over 5 years now, and I still wouldn’t give this to any of my children no matter what you paid me! Learning as much as I have about the GI tract and digestive system since being diagnosed with Celiac Disease, it really scares me!
If you don’t want to wake up to feed your baby, don’t have one, and instead buy a doll with an on/off switch.
The formula has added rice starch which makes it thick, foamy and stick to the bottle, so imagine it in your baby’s tummy. The best part? This is nothing more than Enfamil’s “AR” product which is for babies who spit up frequently.
Boy they’ll have a rude awakening when eventually they realize kids sometimes wake up in the middle of the night, even when they are old enough to eat food. What will they fill their tummies with then, wall paper paste?