my son who is 3 month old crys and crys because he is hungy he is having atleast 14 feeds a day help

PETIER_LEA - posted on 10/08/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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my son who is 3 month old crys and crys because he is hungy he is having atleast 14 feeds a day and is still hungy he has a little bot at night and a half a jar of food in the avo i dont no wat to do its really bad at night he was 6 weeks to soon i thort that might have been it but he weighs 5.6 he mite be more now any one else having that

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Iysha - posted on 10/08/2009

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I know that some moms advise giving your baby rice cereal, but you shouldn't do that. Yes, it makes babies get fuller, but it is also limiting the nutrition they get from breastmilk or formula. Your son is at the age where most babies go through a growth spurt. He actually may be eating more for extra calories he needs to grow. Just feed him when he is hungry and try and keep up with him. He will slow down again. A growth spurt can last from a couple days to a couple weeks and is absolutely normal. By giving your son a jar of food, you are actually limiting his calorie intake...he will get more form formula/breastmilk and get to a full term weight faster.



My daughter was born a little over a month early and 5lb 6oz at birth. She went through the same thing for a week and a half when she was 2 months. She was at 2 ounces every 3 hours and shot up to 3.5 - 4 ounces overnight! she then started consistantly taking 3 ounces, then gradually to 4 ounces every 3 hours or so except at night where she sleeps longer. She now is the average weight of a full term baby at about 10 lbs.



It's a little wierd, but it is ok. Remember to only feed your 3 month old formula or breastmilk for all his nutritional needs. Pediatritions advise this for a reason! Your baby was a preemie... he needs to grow! Babies don't grow as well with baby food or grown up food... they do it with breastmilk or formula. They get everything they need from there.



Remember, your baby isn't just an average 3 month old, he is a preemie. His corrected age is 6 weeks younger than he actually is! That's a lot! Don't be in a hurry for him to eat baby food. Like I said before, he will get to an average babies weight and be considerd as a full term infant when he reaches the weight of an average infant. The way to do that is to feed your baby breasmilk or formula when he is hungry because he is looking for more calories to make him grow.

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Maria - posted on 10/13/2009

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if your bottle feeding i would put 2 tablespoons of rice baby cereal. it thickens the bottle up a little and most importantly satisfies him. it wont harm him at all back then when our parents were having us the doctors were saying its ok, of course every ten years they change their minds. we're healthy adults who are having our own child and no one wants to think that their starving there child. My son who is 4 months now was doing the same thing, i called the doctor and they old me to give him water inbetween feedings. ridiculous. finally i started to put the rice cereal in his bottle with 4oz of formula and two tablespoons of cereal he is happy when hes done eating and instead of feeding him every hour we last 2 hours and he sleeps through the night with a full tummy

PETIER_LEA - posted on 10/13/2009

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yer i think he mite be a guts he farts like you wouldnt belive and he was on all the things for wind and doctor has him on zantc for now he is a breastfeed baby and he has been like this since birth so i dont no its really bad at night he is 3 months old and he waighs 14 1/2 ponds

Lesley - posted on 10/09/2009

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I have a question: is he actually hungry? Does he spit up alot, seem to have a gassy tummy quite often? If either of those is the case, he probably isn't hungry when he cries - he just wants to be soothed and the sucking works but also overfeeds him, making him cry more in a vicious cycle (I speak from experience!). If you've fed him, burped him, fed some more and he starts spitting up, try offering a pacifier after a few minutes. I did that with my daughter and it basically solved the problem. That being said, if he isn't doing those things, he probably needs more milk at each feeding. If you're pumping and/or breastfeeding, you will feed him much more often than if you're feeding him formula. My daughter is 3 months and she has graduated from 4 ozs every 3-4 hours to 4 ozs every 2-2.5 hours - which most likely means that she will be at 5-6 ozs every 3-4 hours soon but right now she still can't take that much at once. This is my suggestion: if you are using breast milk, start supplementing with formula (I had to do this because my milk wouldn't come in well at first; now she drinks only formula and is perfectly healthy). If you are already using formula, try going an ounce above his normal amount and see if he will finish it without spitting up, burping ever so often during the feeding. Definitely stop feeding him baby food; instead maybe try a little rice cereal in his bottle (it should still be really runny, just slightly thickened) if absolutely necessary but it shouldn't be.

Danielle - posted on 10/09/2009

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there is usually a growth spurt around 3 months, my daughter was eating heaps for about 3 - 4 weeks but she soon sorted herself out. just keep feeding as often as he needs and it will pass.

Richelle - posted on 10/09/2009

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My son was the same from about 2 weeks old and he had colic and reflux.He ended up on a different formula and infants friends drops to ease his wind.When he sleeps of a night i prop him up on a pillow so he is sitting up.This has worked a ttreat for him but if i was you take your baby to a pediatrician....It was the best thing for him and for me.

Jennise - posted on 10/09/2009

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If it is gas try burping him every 1-2 ounces during feeding..this reduces gas alot...and keep him in he upright position a few minutes after feedings...when my lil one gets fussy...she normally needs to pass gas...so I rub her tummy and walk around with her up right til she passes the gas and that really works wonders.

Julie - posted on 10/09/2009

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is he gasy my son would fill up on gas and then when it past he would want to eat again ..they put him on soy milk formal goats milk works too

Jennifer - posted on 10/09/2009

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My son was a preemie too and he ate every two hours until he was 8 months old. I would not advice increasing the amount he takes at a feeding until he naturally starts taking more. Give him too much and his tiny belly might be too full (maybe it is?). Check with his pedi on some options. My son was on high calorie formula to help. Keep in mind that your son is growing based on his developmental age. If he is only around 6lbs he is really still equal to a newborn and it sounds like he is feeding like a newborn.

Claire - posted on 10/09/2009

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I was having that problem with my daughter, but it got so she would feed then spit my nipple out. I started giving her gripe water when she would freak out then burp her a few times then pop the pacifier in her mouth and she would go to sleep. Let him lay on his back for a few hours on the floor because it helps him poop and fart. That might help. If not take him to the doc.

KAY - posted on 10/08/2009

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Maybe you should contact the pediatrician. It could be reflux or colic. And in both of those situations there are other types of formula that can be tried. Maybe taking in more calories per ounce will help him to gain weight. Your pediatrician can help with the correct mixture of formula to do that.My 4 month old has GERD or (reflux) and it has been quite difficult, as she is awaiting heart surgery,as we wait for her to gain some weight. She is on a nasagastric feeding tube with a continuos feeding thru the night. She has to take meds for the reflux and only gets still a small amount of formula with each feeding so she also feeds several times daily. Just remember it does get easier!!!!

Rose-Amber - posted on 10/08/2009

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There could be a few different reason other than still being hungry. But you can try either adding rice cereal or use Enfamil A.R. Lipil that uses Rice powder in it to help keep your baby from being hungry. There may be a problem with gas. My child has a problem with that especially after eating and it makes her miserable (a great deal when she eats too fast) and I have started to give her gas relief drops that have made her more manageable. She is much more happy afterwards. Your child could also be over tired or other reasons. Just need to learn the cries which is very difficult sometimes.

Jessica - posted on 10/08/2009

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Are you sure he's always crying because he's hungry? Between jar food and increasing the amount of bm or formula he's eating, that should do it. But he could be over-tired, gassy, teething, or crying for other reasons- sometimes its hard to tell.

Jessica - posted on 10/08/2009

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my daughter did the same thing when she was about a month old. at that time i introduced rice cereal into her bottle. that kept her fuller longer and she would actually sleep and it reduced the feedings.

Jan - posted on 10/08/2009

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Hi Petier~Lea, if you are breast feeding it could be that your baby is falling asleep so not getting enough to fill his tummy. If this is the case, stroke under his chin to encourage him to suckle more. Good luck. x

Lisa - posted on 10/08/2009

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are you breastfeeding or bottle feeding? either way, it sounds like you need to increase the amount of milk your baby is getting. If you're bottle feeding, it's fairly easy to increase the ounces you're offering your baby. It's not uncommon for a 3 month old to drink 6 to 8 ounces a feeding. If you're breastfeeding, it's harder to know exactly how much milk your baby is getting. A few good ideas to increase your milk suppy are to express a little milk after baby eats...it makes your body think baby needs more, so you make more, increase the amount of food and drink you are taking in. More food supply for you is more food suppy for your baby. Also, drink green tea ( hot with milk mixed in...this really does increase the amount of milk you produce. No idea why it works, but it really does. Niether drink will do it on their own, they have to be mixed together. Your baby is also old enough to eat cereal. I would give him rice cereal at least once a day, with whichever feeding you think works best. Make it thin to start with, but if he's eating jar food, he should be more used to the spoon. I wish you luck! :)

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