Healthy Amount?

Kari - posted on 07/07/2010 ( 21 moms have responded )

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My baby girl is 10 weeks old, born 3 weeks early, and still can't decide when she's hungry or not. She cries roughly every 2 hours, and the only thing that makes her not cry is feeding her. She'll take a full bottle (7-8 oz) every 4 hours, but after 2 hours, she'll cry and want food...but only take 2-3oz. I've tried giving her honey water, sugar water, and regular water... but she refuses to take it from me. Her soother doesn't help, even with honey or gripe water on it. Any suggestions?

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Roxanne - posted on 07/12/2010

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Oh and do not try food you will stuff up her digestion for life. Babies can only have milk for the first 4months because their digestive tract is still developing and maturing. Babies do alot of their organ development outside of the womb.

Roxanne - posted on 07/12/2010

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She may have colic in which case there isn't much you can do. I feed my son on demand (hes breastfed) which means some days hes feeding every 2-3hrs, and when hes having a growth spurt its every 1-2hrs! Hes perfectly healthy and happy with that amount of food. Keep her in a routine feed change feed play, or some variation of that. That way she feels secure because she knows whats happening next. If I express my son is getting 4 ounces each side in the morning then it decreases to 2ounces by afternoon (approx). Do wind her properly and gripe water can help if shes holding it, which they do around 6weeks, and your baby being 3weeks early is around that stage.

Cassandra - posted on 07/07/2010

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The heat could be a factor cause my son isn't eating as much as he usually does. I had both my kids on the walmart brand formula and both were healthy chubby babies. Aiden is 7 months and is 23.6 pounds. She could have gas or just cry.My neice was a colic baby and thats all she did was cry for no reason and my son was like that also some say they just dont like being babies. My son fed constanly and my doc said that if he was hungry to feed him.

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Anne-Marie - posted on 07/20/2010

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i found my girl was crying every 90mins and i was feeding her when she cried.. turned out the second cry after a feed (90mins later) was a tired cry btu i was confusing it for hungry as seh was sucking on her hands and nuzzling for food. Perhaps feed and then when she cries 2 hours later put her to bed?

Kari - posted on 07/20/2010

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She has a doctor appointment Thursday morning... I think I'll ask him about that then. She will be 3 months on the 27th... don't they recommend trying rice cereal around the 3 month mark anyways?

Catherine - posted on 07/19/2010

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My son is now 3 months old but at 2 months at his check up his dr. recommended rice cereal added to his formula. His reason is that with his tummy being so tiny and him wanting to feed more than 6 oz. every 2-3 is too much liquid. He had told us that our child metabolizes faster, the formula is not satisfying him. I thought well made sense and so we did now he is satisfied with 5 oz., has gained weight, and happier. The grunting, gas, fussiness, and tummy ache has gone away because he cannot drink his formula as fast. Now of course I don't recommend this unless your pediatrician recommends it. We have not had to change formula we just have a hunger little one.

Diana - posted on 07/18/2010

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some time gas cause that to happen try rubbing your baby tummy to release the pressure

Elisha - posted on 07/16/2010

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Maybe you should see another dr with Wyatt it was horrible he spit up all the time, always fussy and gassy. Is this your first baby? If so that maybe why the dr thinks your crazy they think all first time moms are crazy. Wyatts dr didn't want to put him on zantac if she could help it but nothing was fully helping I took my oldest son for his 4yr check up and Wyatt spit up 5 times while we were in the waiting room I finially said enough is enough and she went ahead and gave me a perscription while I was there. They always say to trust your gutt when it comes to your baby so trying talking to the dr again about it and if that don't work find another dr.

Roxanne - posted on 07/16/2010

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I feed my son first then change then feed then I play with him. Once he starts yawning or rubbing his eyes or staring into space or getting cranky I pick him up cuddle him and say bedtime now. Then he goes into his cot and I start his mobile. He sometimes grizzles for 5-10min but he soon goes off. If hes too bad and getting really stressed I put him into his pram and rock him till he goes to sleep. At night if he won't go off I give a top up feed then put him down.
Have you kept her in a routine and done the same thing every time? Babies love security and seeing she is not prem in her developmental stages she will be alot more active they say you shouldnt let baby stay for more than an hr - 90min. In saying that some babies do just cat nap and then do really big stretches at night.
Shaun sometimes falls asleep on me and I just wait till he wakes up and continue on with the routine.
The sleep store in my local area has a website www.thesleepstore.co.nz its fantastic site with alot of articles on sleep. Ive used it heaps, and found it really helpful

Kari - posted on 07/14/2010

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Roxanne: She started to smile at like 4weeks. I've tried to get her to sleep but she just stays awake! Sometimes its for 2-3 feedings at a time. I usually change her before I feed her...when she eats, she eats until she has to burp...the sometimes falls asleep shortly after...I don't want to wake her up and have a cranky baby. How do you put your son to sleep?

Elisha: I have asked my doctor about it and he keeps telling me I'm just crazy. I've tried other formulas and she won't take to them.

Elisha - posted on 07/13/2010

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she may have reflex we have the same issue with our 3 month old he cryed alot spit up alot the dr first put him on cereal that helped a little with the spitting up but was still very fussy and gassy so she switched his formula that helped a little also but he was still spitting up to much and still gassy and fussy so now he's on zantac, cereal and soy milk and is like a new baby now if i just could get him to nap during the day it would be perfect......lol also try burping her every 2 oz it may take awhile to get her to burp but it helps with the gas

Roxanne - posted on 07/13/2010

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Im a new Mum too, only 22 but I am the oldest, got 4 siblings with another sibling on the way (thanks Dad lol). Trust me sometimes the advice your parents have isn't helpful as they parented 20years ago! So Ive been feeling my way through the dark of fact and fiction too. Google is very helpful, so is the library. My son has never had a dummy he hates it, he doesnt always like the gripe water either but he gets it. Another trick I do if the wind pain really bad (as Im breastfeeding he reacts sometimes to what I eat) is 1.5ml pamol and 1.5ml gripe water. Pamol helps relieve the pain, gripe water helps soothe the wind and sometimes bring it up so he feels better.
I was at a loss too about playtime with my son but then I realised his most fav thing to do is spend time with me. We bond by me reading to him, singing to him, I play tickle monster with him and when hes on the floor I move his limbs and tell him what Im doing. As your baby is prem you may have to go back to her due date age and go from there to see where she is. If she has just started to give you smiles shes at 6wks, if she has been giving you smiles and is now starting to coo and babble shes more at 10wks. When she is cooing, repeat the sound back to her, it teaches her the social skill of talking, you wait till she is finished then you talk. So she learns this is how we talk to one another. Don't have her up more than an hr at this stage, babies do tire quickly and learning her tired signs means she won't get stressed.
With feeding her the bottle, maybe try and mimic the breast a bit give her half a bottle burp her, change her (she will start getting grumpy here) and the feed her the rest and burp her. Then keep her upright for 5min so her diaphram is stretched out it helps with wind.
My son hates to be over handled, and he hates it when alot of people pick him up so I put him in the pram we talk to each other and if hes tired he goes off to sleep.
She will get over her crying stage. If its colic they do grow out of it. If shes naturally fussy they do improve especially if you are in tune with them and can meet their needs. Routine is best it helps with security.
Oh with her soother does she spit it out or looks like shes gagging when you put it in her mouth (with no sweetner on it)?

Kari - posted on 07/13/2010

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I've slowly started to force her to eat less... I feel bad about it. I only make her 6oz bottles...and once she drinks 5, she needs to burp so I burp her until she wants more food, then I give her her soother. Most babies at this age take a soother, instead of food, no problem...but Sarah will only take it if there is something sweet on it... like honey...and I need an alternative to that. I've tried gripe water, but she doesn't like the taste.

I don't really know what to do to play with her... I have a mat that I lay down with toys that hang from above for her to kick at and what not but she gets bored of it after 5 mins and kicks the walls down. The only thing that really keeps her entertained is the television and I don't want to have her watch TV all day =/. She does listen to the Baby Einsteins CD's we got her..but that's while she's asleep... too much goes on around here while she's awake.

I didn't know that babies do most of their organ development outside the womb... thanks for letting me know that Roxanne! I was going to start her on cereal at the beginning of next week...but you're right...I should hold off. If anyone has ANY ideas for play time... or even tummy time... it would be much appreciated.

I am a new mom... first time... just a kid myself (I'm 20) the youngest out of 3 so I'm not very good at this...I do my best with what I have.

Kari - posted on 07/10/2010

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I didn't know you could do that. Today has been the worst so far. I've cut her down to 5oz feedings but now she's feeding every hour! I can't get anything done =/. I'm really at a loss as to what to do now.

Jessica - posted on 07/10/2010

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Up to 10 oz at a time sounds like a lot. Have you spoken to the doctor?



Just to be on the safe side, it may help to consult her pediatrician before adding cereal at this age. He/she may have other suggestions or a specific regimen for cereal introduction.



Other brands of nipples may fit the drop-in bottles. You may have to experiment a bit.



I know that this sort of thing is not for everyone, but have you considered donated breast milk? If the formula is really the issue, then maybe that option would work. There is a free/low-cost milk sharing site on the internet.



Best wishes to you and Sarah!

Kari - posted on 07/08/2010

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I've been thinking about starting her on rice cereal. I also heard that maybe if I change to drop ins that can help a bit. My problem with the drop ins though, is the nipple is too big for Sarah to put in her mouth.

Patricia - posted on 07/08/2010

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thats right they confuse gas and beign hungry my daughter when she has gas drink drink and drink.I changed her milk for isomil soy protein since then no more gas or just a little sometimes.I tried the gripe water and bunch of other stuff but changing her milk and her bottles was the best thing i did...the doctors kept telling me it was normal for her to be gassy.i mean i cant let my daughter cry for hours cause she is gassy so i found the reason why myself and now she is alright.And if you see your baby is still hungry after 2hrs even if she drank a 8oz bottle put a little bit of pablum or rice cereal in her milk that will fill her up thats what i do with my daughter she could drink an 8 oz bottle and still be hungry and hour after so a bit of rice cereal in her bottle and pouf ! she would be alright.Its not all the time tough cuase some other time she will drink a 4 oz bottle and be fed up.

Kari - posted on 07/08/2010

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She gets real honey. Not the store bought stuff. My mom started her on honey.. it was that or whiskey ;). She's not usually colic. For the first month of her life, all she did was sleep... wake up every 4 hours to be changed and fed, then go back to bed. I know it seems like a LOT of formula...but I have to make 7 oz bottles because she'll take anywhere from 4-10 =/. Sarah tries to suck her fingers...they're starting to be more comfort for her over her soother... my house is always super hot though. Today has been the worse... she can't keep anything down =/

Julie - posted on 07/08/2010

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My little girl is 10 weeks old too and she also cries about every 2 hours to be fed but I'm breastfeeding; 7-8oz formula every 2 hours is too much. Sounds like she might have gas or colic; mine little one just wants to suck my finger. You shouldn't give her honey until she's a year old - there can be a bacteria in honey that can make babies sick.

Kari - posted on 07/07/2010

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The Similac Sensitive was actually our last choice. We wanted to breast feed, but since she was early, and she wouldn't take to the breast we had to formula feed. We started her on Omega 3 & 6 at the hospital, but she wouldn't even take any of it. She went from 6lb 2oz at birth to 5 lb 11oz at discharge 4 days later. We tried her on Good Start, Hienz, and regular Similac and nothing has worked. The sensitive does make her gassy but not like this. Could the heat be a factor?

Susan - posted on 07/07/2010

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Sometimes they confuse the gas pain for hunger pain. So she may not actually be hungry. And every 2 hours for bottle feeding is to early, they have not fully digested the last bottle yet. Need to wait at least 3 hours, but every 4 is best. In the mean time, you just have to do what you can when she cries between feedings. Have you talked to your doctor? May need a change in formula.

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