how hungry can he be??

Tarin - posted on 12/10/2008 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My son is 7 weeks old and seems to have hit a growing spurt that started last week . He will eat up to 8 oz at a time, usually I have to give him formula for half of that because I can't keep up. But then he'll spit up a few oz. Is he really hungry or should I try something else?

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Cassa - posted on 12/15/2008

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Could it be the formula? You're body will regulate the milk flow. It can be very draining. I kept thinking holy crap how can he still be hungry, but he would eat like he was starving. Right now he's 9 weeks and sleeping a lot so I have to pump because he isn't eating as much. Check on the formula though.

Laura - posted on 12/14/2008

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Keep on doing exactly what your doing. The whole overeat/spit up thing is your son expanding his stomach during his growth spurts. Once the growth spurt slows/stops, he'll eat about the same (maybe a bit less) but not as frequently. I found that just after my daughter's first spurt (she's in her second now), she was taking 6ozs+ every hour and a half. Now, she eats the same amount but every 3-5 hours.

NEVER give your son water this early. The only things he should be drinking are milk or formula, whether separately or combined.

Stace - posted on 12/13/2008

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Hi Tarin My son is 9 weeks tomorrow. I absolutely agree with everything Amanda has said. I went and am still going through the same thing. At first I thought I was overfeeding my son, but I visit a registered nurse once a week and asked her the question. She advised that you can give boiled warmed water to your son in between feeds. Not only will this distract him from wanting so much feed, but will also get him used to drinking the best thing for him, water. I have tried this and he seems to be taking to the water and slowing down on his feeds during the day. Good luck.

Amanda - posted on 12/12/2008

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My son had a growth spurt at 6-7 weeks also. What seemed to work for us was to feed him smaller feedings more frequently. He also started sleeping more at night, so naturally, he was eating more during the day. He seems to have slowed down a little bit though, the past few days (he is 8 weeks old today). The most he has ever eaten in one feeding was about 6 ounces, and usually he eats about 4 ounces at a time. If your son is spitting up a lot, you could be overfeeding, but that isn't always the case. Just make sure you aren't forcing the bottle - at least with my son, he will let us know when he is done eating (we call it the "yuck" face). He stops sucking on the bottle and just kind of scrunches up his nose. So just keep an eye on how he acts and you can usually tell if he is really hungry or just fussy/tired/etc.

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