Feeding my baby too much?
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Kd - posted on 10/08/2010
My son eats three times at night and five or six times during the day. Frequently he comes up for a cuddle and a quick nurse then goes about his business. I don't think it's every 3 hours like clockwork, but at least you know you're not alone.
Amanda - posted on 10/02/2010
Hello! well my son is 8 months as well and he eats when ever he is hungry. He gets up every morning around 7am and after being up for about an hour he is ready for something to eat. I give him baby food and a sippy cup of some kind of juice. Then around 11 and noon, he is ready for a nap. At that time I give him a bottle of formula. When he wakes up after usaually a half hour to a full hour nap, we are very busy. Playing, going to the park, and dancing..he loves to dance! He usually just eats when ever he shows signs that he is hungry. He actually tells me when he is hungry..by saying bite and shacking his head as if he is saying yes! I was told by landons ped that you dont have to always have your baby on a schedule. Your baby will tell you when she is hungry and when she is full!! Good Luck!
Paula - posted on 10/02/2010
In the book "Save our Sleep" by Tizzie Hall it recommends feeding our 8 month olds milk 4 times per day, 7, 11am, 3pm, and 6:30pm with solids at 8am, 12md and 5pm. For a 9 month old and on she recommends halving the 11am and 3pm feeds and adding some snacks to the menu.I'm trying to follow her routine and overall it seems to be working for us.
The best thing I've done for me was find a routine I like and follow it.
Samantha - posted on 10/01/2010
HI my son is 8months today he wakes up between 6-7am and has a 8oz bottle then he mite have a nap. 3 hours after his bottle he has weetabix with fruit and whatever is left of his 6oz bottle. Then about 12 he has a nap. 3hours after his breakfast he has dinner between 1-2pm anything from mash.vegtables,pasta,cauliflower cheese he eats our food he,s got a big appetite. he has a fruit pot/yoghurt/custard/jelly for dessert. Has another nap at about 3pm. Then has a sweet baby jar tea at 5pm then at 6pm has porridge with baby milk because he doesn't like his bottle at night. then goes to bed between half 6 and 7pm. He also drinks juice throughout the day too.plus snacks like rice cakes. He will then sleep all through the night.
Heather - posted on 10/01/2010
We have a similar schedule to many:
7am nurse and back to bed
10:30am cereal and fruit
11 Nap til 12:30
2:30 cereal and fruit
3 Nap til 4:30
5 veggies, meat and fruit
6:30 8oz bottle with Dada
7:30 nurse to sleep
We have been doing the cluster of fees in the evening for a long time and he has been sleeping right through the whole night for months.
Krystal - posted on 09/30/2010
I think that is normal. about this age the need snacks to hold them over inbetween meals. I also noticed that if you nurse they eat more. at least my son does. My first was formula fed and still ate every couple hours but some were just snacks.
Christina - posted on 09/30/2010
my first born would eat 8 oz every 4 hours from about 3 or 4 months, at around 6 months his grandparents would feed him food during the day along with 8oz every 4 hours. I also worried about feeding him to much. I had an emergency room doctor till me not to feed him so much when he was 4 months bc he had reflux. BUT his normal doctor became very upset with me when I told her she then told me do not starve your son and advised me to never go back to that hospital. He slept peacefully through the next from one wk on. With my second child now 8 months I feed him baby food during the day along with 6 oz every 4 hours he weighs a little less than my first born did at this age, but he wont seep through the night. I would say if she sleeps through the night and your doctor doesn't say anything than she is fine :).
Kasey - posted on 09/29/2010
Our schedule is something like this...
8-9am- wakes up
9-9:30- cereal, fruit, appr. 3 oz's of formula
11:30-12:30- 7oz's of formula and a nap
3pm- 7oz's of formula
5:30-6:30- cereal, vegs, 3oz's formula
8-9pm- 5-7oz's of formul and goes to bed!!!
Janice - posted on 09/29/2010
My daughter is 9 months next week at she has milk (9oz) first thing in the morning, then porridge with fruit a couple of hours later, a nap around lunch time, lunch (baby food jar), mid afternoon another 9oz bottle, then either more baby food in the evening or more porridge, then a 9oz bottle at bed time.
she's a good 22lbish now sleeps all through the night and is growing normally. she also had juice when ever she wants it.
Megan - posted on 09/29/2010
Your daughter sounds On track. My son who was born on the 12th of January eats every 2-3 hours during the day and then sleeps from about 9pm till 8am straight through. He eats 3 meals a day which consist of 4oz jars of food & 2 oz dessert. and he has 3 6oz bottles plus 4oz a juice.
Natalie - posted on 09/29/2010
I nursed my baby every three hours until I noticed that she wasn't very interested and would only nurse for a few minutes. She likes eating solids so I started feeding her solids at breakfast. Her sleep was horrible, so I got the courage to follow the advice in healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child and follow the recommended schedule for her age.
She wakes about 6 am and nurses
8 am she has oatmeal and fruit
9 am she naps
10:30 am (about) she nurses
12:30 pm she has veggies
1:00 pm she naps
3:00 she nurses
5:30 she has veggies and fruit
8:00 she nurses and goes to bed
Before I tried this schedule she was taking a couple of short naps and waking every hour or two during the night. Now she is sleeping about ten hours at night and taking better naps. Now she is interested when it is time to nurse and actually seems to enjoy the time instead of it being a battle to get her to do it.
Kimmi - posted on 09/29/2010
My 8 mo daughter sounds like she's doing the same thing as yours and others. She nurses about every 3 hrs (about 4-5 oz), and has solids 3-4 times a day. Unfortunately she's still waking every 3-4 hrs in the night too, though i'm not sure she's really "hungry"...i think it's more about nursing.
Danielle - posted on 09/28/2010
i have no idea to be honest, usually olivia has 3 meals and 2 bottles a day but lately she has had 2 meals and sometimes only 1 meal and has had 3 bottles today with 2 meals but she didn't take all of her last bottle and her one bottle was only 4oz so i think it depends on ur child, some kids have snacks inbetween meals where as olivia rearely does
RACHEL - posted on 09/28/2010
I still feed my LO every 3-4 hours too. Our schedule goes a lil something like this.
8:00a.m 5-6 o.z Formula + 4o.z of fruit & oatmeal
11 a.m. 6 o.z Formula
2 p.m 5-6 o.z of Formula + 4 o.z veggie & fruit mix
5 p.m 5-6 o.z of Formula
8 p.m 5-6 o.z of Formula + 4 o.z veggie & Rice
If he is still up at 10 p. m. (we are working on getting him to bed a lot earlier but he is a little resistant) I will give him a couple more O.Z of milk to put him to sleep.
If he is hungry feed him!!!
Jennifer - posted on 09/28/2010
My son wakes at 7 am....give him a bottle then around 9 am I give him some cereal....he goes down for a nap then around noon I give him vegetables and meat with some fruit after....around 2 pm he has his 2nd bottle then goes down for a nap. Then around 5 pm he has supper,veggies,meat and some fruit for dessert.....then around 6 pm he has a bottle....then around 9 pm I give him is last bottle and he goes to bed. (Each bottle has about 7 oz) I have read a few charts and they all said to feed your baby aleast 3 times a day and about 3-4 tbsps of veggies etc at each sitting and then milk babies are supposed to get between 24-32 oz a day at 8 months old. Good luck
Elizabeth - posted on 09/26/2010
Eating (something) every 3 hours is something EVERYONE should be doing. It is the best thing for your body to keep you nourished and keep your energy up. This goes for you too, mom. I would say your little one is doing just great!!!
As for sleeping through the night, mine doesn't, she wakes every 2 - 3 hours to nurse and until we cut back on the nursing (not for a while yet!) I doubt that will change.
Lori - posted on 09/26/2010
My son eats 3 meals a day. takes his breast milk every 2.5hrs during the day. and wakes up 2-3 times a night to feed. i just started giving him gerbers blueberry, pear, oats before bed time to see if that will help him sleep longer through the night. you are lucky that your child sleeps through the night
Jennifer - posted on 09/20/2010
My daughter is breast feeding 5 times a day ( one of those is at around 2am) and eats solids 3 times a day... so pretty much the same as your daughter, except mine gets about 4 hours between breast feedings during the day...
Erin - posted on 09/16/2010
I think it`s pretty normal. My son would like to eat every two hours. I hold him off to about 2 and a half or 3 hours. He is also eating lots of solids at every meal. All the doctors and nurses I have heard from say feed them when they are hungry. Does your daughter eat in the night too? Mine eats once usually between 2 and 4 am. Hope this helps.