Okay ladies, it is not being a bad or lazy parent to put sweet potatoes in a babies bottle. My son threw up every formula (we tried them all), goats milk and breast milk, he was not gaining any weight and was at the Peds office at least once a week being weighted and his formula changed and test run to see if there was some kind of blockage the Ped could not see. There was nothing wrong except he a thrower upper as we called him. I cannot tell you how many times a day we had to change his clothing, our clothing and how many burps rags were washed a day. He would take in 4 ounces and throw up 4 ounces and it did not matter what was in the bottle. We made the decision to feed him veggies off a spoon and he could not eat it fast enough, we then started putting sweet potatoes and carrots in his bottle so he would get some kind of calories and start to gain weight which finally happened after we did this and it helped he also keep some of the formula down, we went from throwing up the entire 4 ounces to throwing up 3 ounces.
No I never propped my child up with a bottle that is lazy parenting. Even after he was holding his own bottle I held him while he ate a bottle. If it had not been for putting the sweet potatoes and carrots in his bottle he would have weighted less at 5 months than he did when he was born. Thank God he finally stopped throwing up at a year. After giving your baby a bottle you should be using a soft wet washrag to remove the formula or whatever you are feeding them from their mouth and gums.
This was not my first baby or child I have 2 others plus I have raised another 17 working as a nanny and a drop off for unwanted kids in my area and I have done this with two other babies who were so big that formula and cereal only was not enough to fill them up and they cried from being hungry within 15 - 20 minutes of being fed a bottle. As long as you use common sense and hold them while they are being fed you should be okay. When I had my first daughter in 1981 they had a special feeding bottle called an Infafeeder that you put the baby food in and feed them just like their formula bottle and it had a plunger like thing to keep pushing the food up so they did not take in air and I still see these being sold at WalGreens and WalMart in the last couple of years.
I also think that everyone of us does something that all the other mothers would be against doing if we just shared everything on how we raised our children from newborn and up.
My advice is it is your child, you are responsible for them having a full tummy and you are the mother do what feels right and comfortable for you and your baby.