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My husband's grandmother almost gave my (nearly) 4 month old a bottle of sugar water!<br><br>
My MIL was babysitting while I was in class and she took the baby to visit my husband's grandmother for half an hour. (She lives just down the street.) When they were there the baby got fussy and she insisted that she needed a bottle of sugar water since the breast milk was at home.<br><br>
Thankfully my MIL came to her senses and stopped her, but why would anyone think that feeding a baby sugar water could possibly be a good idea? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br>
Not only would that fill her tummy with no nutrients, I'd think it would make her poop like crazy.<br><br>
The only thing my DD has ever had besides breast milk is a few drops of water from the lid of my water bottle when we were stuck in traffic and she had screamed her mouth dry. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> (She spit it across the car, clearly she is not pleased with plain ol' water! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> )<br><br>
My husband's grandmother also suggested that during the night when the baby wakes up to eat I should make her wait an hour before feeding her. Then the second week I make her wait two hours, and the third week three hours. Then she'll eventually sleep through the night. I just nodded...<br><br>
I also can't wear DD in the sling when she's around because she is convinced that she will get too hot or smother. I can't stand hearing all about it, so I just carry her when they visit. I really hope she never finds out that we co-sleep! I couldn't handle the advice I would get about that...<br><br>
How do you handle it when older family members insist on doing things their way? I was planning on letting her babysit my DD this summer while I took a class, but now I'm definitely not so sure...who knows what she will feed her!<br><br>
(Sorry, I know this is kind of indirectly breastfeeding related, I couldn't decide where to post it.)
 

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Many people (older than I) have told me that Karo syrup (a drop) and warm water is the old-fashioned remedy for constipated babies, so yes, it will make them poop like crazy, I'd imagine! But what a horrible substitute for breast milk!
 

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i would definitely NOT let someone with that old-school mind set watch my dd. you might be setting yourself up for some major friction with said family members. my in-laws are in that type of mind set too, and when they try to tell me what i "should do" i just say "that's an interesting idea, but what we're doing seems to work really well for us." if that doesn't stop them i find myself making some sort of sarcastic comment about how i must be doing something right because dd's happy and healthy and growing like a weed. a change of subject never hurts either when you can tell conversation is headed in a direction that you are bound to disagree on. if there's something i know i'm gonna get an ear-full about, i avoid the subject totally. it's really none of anyone else's business what you do or do not do with your dd.<br><br>
it sounds like your MIL is respectful of your wishes, so maybe she can help out and supervise visits with grandma when you're not there. i know it can be frustrating to feel like you're constantly on guard when you're visiting family, but maybe when they see how happy and healthy your dd is they'll back off a bit. i just try to remind myself when people give me outdated advice that they're good-intentioned, just ill-informed.
 

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This made me think of my poor MIL...whose questionable mother gave her Karo syrup and condensed milk in a bottle--not even formula! She has fought with horrendous allergies and health problems for ages.
 

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Ew, condensed milk? I don't see how anyone could think some of these old school ideas are good for babies.<br><br>
In this cookbook we have there is a recipe for baby formula from Dr. Spock. It says to mix the recipe half and half with real formula so you can save money. It calls for sugar, dark karo syrup, powdered milk, and water, and it has a sidenote that says how thousands of moms have fed this to their babies with success.
 

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I don't have any advice - my husband's grandmother is sort of the same but fortunately(?) too frail to even think about babysitting. She does suggest the oddest things for Rowan to eat though. She's 90 years old and Chinese so I guess that's to be expected.<br><br>
Anyhoo, I just wanted to post a random thought - that it's a testament to how tough humans are that so many babies survived being fed karo syrup, condensed milk and other crap. Most other animals would have up and died on that kind of diet. Most animals' offspring can't survive on anything other than mama-animal milk. I'm not saying by any means that babies SHOULD be fed anything other than breastmilk, just amazed at the abilities of our species.
 
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