Is it fine if my 12 week old baby is still only drinking 3oz of formula every two hours?

Victoria - posted on 01/09/2010 ( 36 moms have responded )

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he wakes up every two hours, sometimes 5 at night, Im so exhausted and would like some advice.

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Iysha - posted on 01/13/2010

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It is completely normal for your baby to have 3oz of formula at a feeding.



I got this from a WIC Nutritionist:



At each feeding;



Birth to 2 mos. ....... 2-3oz

2 to 4 mos. ..............3-4oz

4-6mos. ...................4-6oz

6-8mos ....................6-8oz

8-12mos. .................4-6oz



Your baby will start to sleep longer at night, just give it some time. You don't want to over feed your baby to make him sleep longer. You can try a pacifier at one of his night feeds when he wakes up. He may just want to suck on something.



You will know if he is getting the right amount of formula for his size by multiplying his weight in pounds by 2.5. The number you get should be the amount of ounces your baby should be eating in a 24 hour period.



It can be frustrating feeding a baby every 2 hours but, it won't last long. he will be sleeping throught the night in no time =]

Dixie - posted on 01/14/2010

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our little one was the same way until just recently, eating about 3 oz every 2 hours. i asked about it and was told that it was fine as long as she was gaining weight appropriately and eating every 2 hours. she started eating more once she started eating the rice cereal and other baby food which i think helped make her stomach bigger to hold more.

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Viola - posted on 01/17/2010

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does your son take a pacifier? if so... i have noticed that my daughter when she takes it for a while she doesn't eat as much so i try not to really give it to her much

Brittney - posted on 01/17/2010

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yes. ur baby is gonna tell u when hes hungry. if u want to try to get him sleeping through the night. try going on a walk with him in the afternoon so he can differentiate between day and night. then give him a bath later in the evening. and then feed him more than u usually would so this way his tummy is fuller and he'll sleep longer. if he does wake up to feed, dont turn the lights on just have like a night light or tv on so u can see, dont change him (unless he got it all over his clothes or its so soaked its bothering him), and dont play with him while ur feeding him. u wanna make it as quick as possible so that he'll go right back to sleep and will eventually learn that its bedtime and he needs to be sleeping. as for how often he eats, hes probably going through a growth spurt or gonna go through one so dont be alarmed. its normal.

Victoria - posted on 01/16/2010

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ok so he SOMETIMES eats every 3 hours but still wakes up at the 2nd hour calm and wide awake. I bought him the liquid version of his milk and instead of drinking 3oz he drinks 4oz+. Why is that?

Rhiannon - posted on 01/16/2010

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My son is now 20 weeks and when I give him a bottle he still only takes between 2 and 4 ounces. The only time he eats 5 or 6 ounces is right before bed. And he wakes up anywhere from 3 to 5 times a night. Im tired too!!

Donna - posted on 01/15/2010

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my son was doing the same thing, I spoke with the pediatrician and we started him on cereal. I t really made a difference after a few days.

Mylene - posted on 01/15/2010

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When baby is hungry, feed! Yes you are tired, yes you want sleep. I understand that, but your baby needs to eat at regular times too. If you have someone who can help, pump or prep a bottle or two and have them feed baby while you take a well needed nap. I did this and it helped a lot when my little girl was doing the same. Don't be afraid to ask for help. Your baby will feed less on his own terms, but you need to be patient. A good piece of advice that I was given is: sleep when baby sleeps, even if it's not for a long time. Relax, you are doing a great job by feeding your baby when he needs it. And if grandma, a relative, a friend or your partner are there, ask them to look after baby while you take a nap. Tell them that at this time, sleep for mum is the best present for baby and they will be happy to help.

Victoria - posted on 01/13/2010

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Thanks everyone for all the suggestions! I tried giving him a little bit of cereal in his milk before bed time but that was a bad idea, it gave him so much gas. All day today I've been extending his feeding for about 3o minutes to an hour and this morning he'd wake up every hour and cry for some reason then in the evening he'd wake up every 2 hours as usual but wouldn't cry til around the 3rd hour. He still ate only 3 oz. I want him to sleep more! but I guess we're making progress. =]

Courtney - posted on 01/13/2010

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also he could have some major gas issues, mine did for awhile and i used infant gas relief drops and it worked miracles on her happiness.

Courtney - posted on 01/13/2010

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do not give him rice cereal, you should not introduce solid foods until 6 months and if your baby is on 12 weeks its way too early. you could upset his stomach because his digestive system isnt ready for it, and that could make him an even more finicky eater.

try to stretch his feedings by 15-30 minutes further apart. that way he is a little hungrier and eats more and will hopefully stay fuller longer. keep stretching out the feedings and soon enough he will eating less often. and it could be possible that hes not really hungry when you feed him, try other things to soothe him or distratc him. if you still have issues talk to your doctor.

Hope - posted on 01/13/2010

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it might be the fourmla you are using maybe it dont agree with his stomach i know with both my kids they could not drink the enfamil lipal with iron cause it was hurting their stomach and gave them gas so i had them put on enfamil gentlease and it helped them out alot they started to eat more and sleep thru the night

Jessica - posted on 01/13/2010

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try burping him after every oz or so. my mom tried this with my daughter and somehow at 7 weeks she squeezed 8 oz into her

Lindsay - posted on 01/13/2010

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Just relax. I know you are tired, but it will get better. I breastfed my dgt and she woke every 2-3 hours until she was almost six months. I think all babies are different and although I was exhausted, I tried to just relax as much as I could, feed her, and then I could slip back to sleep easier. She still wakes up once a night to eat most of the time and she is 13 months. I suppose some mom's would think I'm crazy, but if you think he's hungry, than feed him, hug him, and love him. He's much too young to let him cry it out. Good luck.

Heather - posted on 01/13/2010

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I've read that to figure out how much to feed them you do this formula-

weight of baby X 2.5 divided by # of feedings = how many oz they need

example 12lb baby 12x2.5= 30 Divided by 6 feedings= 5 oz per bottle

Amy - posted on 01/12/2010

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my daughter was drinking only 4oz every 4-5 hours at 11weeks i told my health visitor and she told he to lower the amount of formula, i didnt do this because i didnt agree with instead i started weaning her now she 15weeks old and take 5/6oz of milk plus her meals,as soon as i stared her on the food she took more milk, i dont know why i cant explain it but she never use to sleep though she now sleep though with doing this. before your feed give a spoon full of food it seemed to work for me.

Leah - posted on 01/12/2010

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my 11 weeks old son wants fed every 3 hours, i give him 4oz but he could probs drink more his a little gannet but after his just sick is it because im over feeding or is 4oz not enough if he wants more? im confussed!!

Larisa - posted on 01/12/2010

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as long as his weight is on track. ie he is staying in this percentile. Then yes They are little people and have their own appitite. Or maybe he doesn't like the formula. Try heating it up

Victoria - posted on 01/12/2010

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Yesterday I managed to make him wait 45 minutes longer but when we started giving him the bottle he was really fussy and it took him a while to actually start drinking. I tried making him wait for his next feeding but he just started crying so loud. When he's hungry he's hungry, nothings working!

Heather - posted on 01/12/2010

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He is too young for cereal especially if his tummy is sensitive. Do you use a pacifier? If so I would just try extending it by 5-10 min and try to get him to go 3 hours (eventually|) and then he will take more at a time and can sleep longer to build up the energy to eat again.

Victoria - posted on 01/11/2010

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Yes I did the same exact thing. He would cry because of his gas every time he ate so we had to switch formulas 3 times and the Similac Alimentum has been A LOT better but his tummy still rumbles a lot. A lot of people have told me Similac Sensitive worked great for their babies but my health visitor recommended Similac Alimentum. I'll ask her about it. Thanks!

Cindy - posted on 01/11/2010

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The same thing was happening to my little boy a couple of weeks ago.. I would only drink 3 ounces every 3 hours. He didn't want more - he was being fussy, he had gas and didn't stop crying while eating - he was gaining weight so my healthcare was not worried. I switched formula - and turned out great, he now drinks 4-7 ounces every 4 hours.. My baby didn't like the formula I used... I used Nestlé Good Start and now I switch to Similac Sensitive - Lactose Free... It's like day and night. My kid is now very calm and he drinks normally.. Hope it gets better with your little bundle of joy ;)

Victoria - posted on 01/11/2010

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Yes I've told my health visitor about it but she said its fine, as he gains weight he'll sleep more and he has but not every day. I'd love to wait an extra hour for him to eat but he really cries every two hour. I've tried to wait and just let him cry until he falls asleep but he just keeps on crying and crying.

Rachel - posted on 01/11/2010

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yes that is completely normal a 3-4 month old baby should be drinking approx 6oz every 4 hours and it works out that he is so i wouldnt worry have you tried demand feeding or waiting till he really cries this way he may drink more and then may go three or four hours this is what my health visitor told me to do with my first because she was the same and it worked!!

Kim - posted on 01/11/2010

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omg from 6 weeks old my son was taking 7.5 - 8oz 4hourly during the day and sleeping throught the night! have you spoken to your health visitor for advice?

Keri Ann - posted on 01/10/2010

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Quoting Jennifer:

Does your baby stop drinking at 3ozs ? Or is that all you are giving ?? Try and give the baby more....you can also give a little bit of rice cereal with formula ( really runny...) that might help the baby sleep longer......


I was going to ask the same question, because my 5 week old son eats 4.5oz every 3-4 hours. He only ate 2-3oz his first 2 weeks of life. If your baby is gaining enough weight and the doctor isn't concerned I'd assume it was fine.

Keri Ann - posted on 01/10/2010

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Quoting Jennifer:

Does your baby stop drinking at 3ozs ? Or is that all you are giving ?? Try and give the baby more....you can also give a little bit of rice cereal with formula ( really runny...) that might help the baby sleep longer......


I was going to ask the same question, because my 5 week old son eats 4.5oz every 3-4 hours. He only ate 2-3oz his first 2 weeks of life. If your baby is gaining enough weight and the doctor isn't concerned I'd assume it was fine.

Keri Ann - posted on 01/10/2010

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Quoting Jennifer:

Does your baby stop drinking at 3ozs ? Or is that all you are giving ?? Try and give the baby more....you can also give a little bit of rice cereal with formula ( really runny...) that might help the baby sleep longer......


I was going to ask the same question, because my 5 week old son eats 4.5oz every 3-4 hours. He only ate 2-3oz his first 2 weeks of life. If your baby is gaining enough weight and the doctor isn't concerned I'd assume it was fine.

Keri Ann - posted on 01/10/2010

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Quoting Jennifer:

Does your baby stop drinking at 3ozs ? Or is that all you are giving ?? Try and give the baby more....you can also give a little bit of rice cereal with formula ( really runny...) that might help the baby sleep longer......


I was going to ask the same question, because my 5 week old son eats 4.5oz every 3-4 hours. He only ate 2-3oz his first 2 weeks of life. If your baby is gaining enough weight and the doctor isn't concerned I'd assume it was fine.

Keri Ann - posted on 01/10/2010

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Quoting Jennifer:

Does your baby stop drinking at 3ozs ? Or is that all you are giving ?? Try and give the baby more....you can also give a little bit of rice cereal with formula ( really runny...) that might help the baby sleep longer......


I was going to ask the same question, because my 5 week old son eats 4.5oz every 3-4 hours. He only ate 2-3oz his first 2 weeks of life. If your baby is gaining enough weight and the doctor isn't concerned I'd assume it was fine.

Keri Ann - posted on 01/10/2010

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Quoting Jennifer:

Does your baby stop drinking at 3ozs ? Or is that all you are giving ?? Try and give the baby more....you can also give a little bit of rice cereal with formula ( really runny...) that might help the baby sleep longer......


I was going to ask the same question, because my 5 week old son eats 4.5oz every 3-4 hours. He only ate 2-3oz his first 2 weeks of life. If your baby is gaining enough weight and the doctor isn't concerned I'd assume it was fine.

Victoria - posted on 01/09/2010

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No I always make him 3.5 oz but he only drinks 3 oz and sometimes even just 2oz. I'll try giving him rice cereal and hope that works. Thanks!

Jennifer - posted on 01/09/2010

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Does your baby stop drinking at 3ozs ? Or is that all you are giving ?? Try and give the baby more....you can also give a little bit of rice cereal with formula ( really runny...) that might help the baby sleep longer......

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