is cold milk from the refrierator better for a baby 0-6months than slightly warm milk?
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my daughter in law and son have used mainly cold bottles.
Honestly, neither is better than the other. Everyone assumes newborns prefer warm milk since breast milk is warm but infants and older children will get used to milk and other foods hot, warm, room temp or cold over time and nutritionally it makes no difference at all.
It will not harm the baby or cause colic or other stomach problems to serve it cold but common sense and tradition tell most of us grandparents that warm is better!
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our grandson has an umbilical hernia and he cries a lot. i don't just mean fussing he's screaming in pain. he is used to cold but i have suggested warm and they try it once and he doesn't like it so thewon't try it again. i need something more difinitive if you can give it to me
Umbilical hernias usually do not cause pain though they do poke out more when they are crying about anything so most parents assume it is the hernia causing the pain. I've had patients who had their hernias surgically corrected however who seemed a lot happier.
As to cold vs. warm, it is known that cold foods cause a more intense "gastro-colic reflex", which is the natural signal sent by the full stomach to the colon causing contractions leading to a BM. More likely this is what he cries about and for that reason, not necessarily the hernia, I'd recommend warming his milk to see if that helps his fussiness.
Here is a link to the only somewhat "professional" website that discusses warm vs. cold milk:
And this link from the Mayo Clinic regarding warming bottles:
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