It wasn’t long ago that parents were faced with the daunting task of convincing their newborn to wear a special collar.
Nowadays, though, many parents may find it impossible to even contemplate.
As many as 80 per cent of babies are overweight and, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than a quarter of US infants are overweight or obese.
And with the advent of artificial insemination and the birth of artificial babies, parents must now be prepared to put their baby on a diet.
‘We were told to go vegan’ The first thing you’ll notice about artificial ingestion is the smell.
You’ll notice that the smell is not like any other food.
It has an almost metallic quality and you will smell it all over your house.
But if you’re expecting a baby to come out smelling like an apple pie, you’re probably going to have a problem.
“When I started, we were told by our vet, ‘Oh, it’s just going to be a small amount of food’,” says Sarah D’Andrea, a nurse practitioner at the University of York, UK.
“I was a little bit surprised that they didn’t think that this would affect the baby’s health, as much as it did.”
The baby is given a single feed every two to three hours, and is monitored throughout.
But even with the feed, Sarah was shocked by the way the baby was reacting.
“The baby’s mouth was going in circles, which is quite unusual for babies,” she says.
“It seemed to be like a baby was trying to eat something that was not there.
I was concerned, because I was seeing babies with very severe eating problems.”
So she began to investigate.
She found that many of the other children she treated were also having a hard time eating properly.
“We thought we were feeding them to prevent them from overeating, but it was actually feeding them because they had a lot of extra calories,” she explains.
“So they were just going in to the feed to eat as much food as they could, so they didn-t feel as hungry as they would normally.”
So it was with D’andrea’s son, William, who was born with a very low weight of just six pounds, and who was fed a formula-based diet.
The formula is high in protein, which means it’s a perfect fit for the baby.
“You can put a lot more of it into the baby than you would normally,” says D’Butrea.
“Because it’s very high in fat, which makes it a very good formula for babies.
And because of that, the formula has a lot less sugar.”
But William was still very hungry.
“He was starving, and he didn’t eat anything,” D’Howeverrea says.
But that didn’t stop her from giving him a formula that had more calories than any other formula she had seen.
“As the days went by, we kept him on the formula, and that helped,” she adds.
But it wasn’t just the baby who was eating a lot.
“There was a lot going on with William,” says Sarah.
“His body was not responding to it, and his digestive system was not functioning properly.”
The formula had created a problem with the baby “It was really hard to eat when he was so hungry,” says the mother.
“What you’re doing is not feeding him enough calories. “
He needs to be fed a little more than he normally would.” “
What you’re doing is not feeding him enough calories.
He needs to be fed a little more than he normally would.”
As well as not getting enough nutrients from the food, the diet had created other problems.
“In the past, babies were given one meal a day,” says Laura Burdick, an optometrist who specialises in artificial inhalation.
“Now they have a formula and they’re eating a whole meal a night.”
But the diet was only one factor affecting the baby, so what if William had a problem eating when he wasn’t hungry?
“What we’ve got is a very different feeding schedule, so it was very hard for William to eat properly,” says Burdicks doctor.
“For example, you don-t want to give him a large meal and then then take a small meal.”
And the baby would need to be given a big meal, too.
So Sarah had to try a variety of different formulas and food combinations.
Eventually, she came up with a diet that was more consistent.
It was the right mix of calories and fat.
“Once you’ve tried it, it is like magic,” says Mandy Sargent, a consultant optometrists consultant.
“That’s what I think is so important about feeding.
You need to make sure that the baby is getting the right balance of nutrients, because they are still growing.”