How much is your premie eating?

Erin - posted on 06/24/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Our little guy was born five weeks early -- he is 3.5 weeks old right now. He was having trouble eating in the NICU but really caught on his last days there and when he has been home. He is eating 110-120ml regularly now. Does this seem like a lot? I don't know if I should up his amount since he still seems like he could eat a little after some of his feedings.

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Tena - posted on 07/31/2011

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I would try giving him a little more each feeding and see how he does. Some babies just want to eat. I had one like that. He was a 35 weeker and 4lb 1 oz at birth. He came home from NICU on 2 oz every 2.5 - 3 hours and that was not enough for him. By 2 weeks old he was taking 4 ounces and by 1 month he was up to 8 ounces. At 7 years old now he still is a big eater and can eat as much as a grownup most meals. He is big for his age though at 60 lbs and 4ft 2 inches of long lean muscle. (His dad just makes big kids) His sister (also a preemie) didn't eat much as a baby and is a picky eater now at 20 months but is also big for her age at 29 lbs 34 in.

His eating could also just be picking up because he is in a growth spurt. Then it might taper back off once it is over.

Sharmaine - posted on 07/11/2011

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My Son was 6 weeks early and was eating just under 2oz when he came home from the NICU which was 3 weeks ago saturday. He is still only eating 2oz but sometimes will eat 3. He is gaining weight well and is on NEOSURE 22CAL formula.

Amanda - posted on 07/10/2011

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If he is finishing the whole bottle every time, then just keep adding more every time you feed him:) He'll let you know when he's full or if he hasn't had enough:)

Candace - posted on 07/07/2011

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My little one was born at 33 weeks and before leaving the NICU he was eating 2-3 ounces every three to four hours. Upon discharge his nurse told me to feed him on demand so that's what I did. Once we got home he would eat every two hours and sometimes he'd take two ounces and sometimes three ounces. If he's still showing signs that he's hungry after he's finished eating i'd go up an ounce and see if he takes it. My little one gained a pound a week after being released from the hospital. We had check ups every week for a weight check and his pediatrician was convinced i'd started giving him cereal but that wasn't the case he just had a healthy appetite!

Cyndi - posted on 06/24/2011

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The reason why I asked about his onesie is because our lil guy's name is Kameron! Congratulations by the way!

Erin - posted on 06/24/2011

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Thanks Cyndi. His shirt says "lil Cameron Crazy," my husband is big Duke basketball fan so I had the onsie made for him.

He is being formula fed and has not been throwing up at all...I think he has had one or two spit-ups since have had him home. We had him at the doctor a week after we got him home and he had gained over a pound and had grown 3 centimeters. But, he wasn't eating crazy amounts then, now we can't seem to keep him full!:)

Thanks for the information -- I appreciate it! He must have been an eating machine to gain four pounds -- that is pretty impressive!!:)

Cyndi - posted on 06/24/2011

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He's adorable! What does his shirt say? Our lil guy was born six weeks early. He is now almost 12 weeks. He had no problems eating whatsoever in the NICU. We were told to give him as much as he wanted. When we got home, he was eating way more than we thought he should and then vomiting (not forcefullly) undigested breast milk. At his first check up at around five weeks, we discovered he had gained more than three pounds, from 4lbs. 11oz. to 7lbs. 15 oz. The Dr. said that it was too much! I was flabbergasted! Here I was being told in the NICU to make sure he eats and eats and eats, and just a month later, I am being told he eats too much! Needless to say, I got a second, third and fourth opinion. What I have learned is that if your baby is soley on breastmilk, they can't get "fat." Breastmilk allows them to put on health weight, not fat.
Also, I pump breastmilk into bottles for my hubby to be able to feed him sometimes. He was taking upwards of 6 oz. this way and I began to feel as though I couldn't pump it as fast as he would drink it. I spoke to a lactation consultant, and she said that when babies who are nursed drink from a bottle, it comes easier and faster than from the breast. Because of this, their little tummies don't have time to tell their brain that they are full. She suggested that we wean him down to 4oz from the bottle.
What I have learned is that all medical professionals have differing opinions. I'm still a little confused myself. But, at least is eating and gaining weight! At 12 weeks, he is more than 10lbs and 5 inches longer!

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