Adding more formula then water when making bottles - trying to go longer in between feeds

Rachel - posted on 01/20/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Hi, I was just wondering if anyone has had their doctor tell them to try this when making up bottles for their babies. I took my 4.5 month old daughter to the doctor's today and I mentioned to him that she is still only going 3 hours in between feedings. He suggested adding a little more formula and less water to the mixture to make it "thicker" thinking this may help hold her off longer. Does this sound right to you? I am very reluctant to do this since I have read online that this can be dangerous and harmful to babies organs, particularly their kidneys. I have started feeding my daughter rice cereal and was thinking that if I maybe fed this to her twice per day that this could help. She weighs 14lbs 4oz so it is not like she isn't gaining weight. Any advice?



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Pheona - posted on 01/23/2009

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yea and if ur husband and mother in law have gotten bad advice from him then i'm guessing he's not a pediatrician?...never give more or less then what's written on the can...and 3 hours between feedings are very good...asking for 4 hours may be asking for too much....3 hours is long enough between feedings

Hayley - posted on 01/23/2009

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No! This will just make your child constipated (trust me, my little one was very constipated just with normal SMA formula so I changed to Aptamil) You can try rice cereal maybe morning & evening... to fill your little one's tummy up a bit... That is what I plan to start doing as my daughter has broken her routine of only waking once during the night and for the past 2 weeks I'm getting up more & more often...

Rachel - posted on 01/22/2009

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Thanks everyone for your advice :) My daughter does sleep through the night and I certainly don't want to make her constipated. I was just looking for a way to hold her off an extra hour during the day. I will not be mixing the formula with more concentrate than liquid, I think that this is very bad advice. I am actually in the process of looking for another doctor. This doctor has given bad advice to my husband and my mother in law so I think he is done.

Katherine - posted on 01/22/2009

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How many ounces are you giving her? My daughter is the same age and goes every three to four hours. I think it's pretty normal. We are still at 6 ounces. She seems to empty those bottles pretty quickly though, so I might increase her feedings to 8 oz. We are giving just a bit of cereal in the evening at supper time, (she sleeps the entire night) but not too much as her stomach is only ready for little bits at a time. I would be careful to follow the instructions carefully, I've had bad advice from doctors before. Maybe you could ask for a second opinion? Do you have nurse hotlines or info hotlines near you? Here we have a health hotline (Quebec, Canada). Pharmacists are also great for this kind of advice.

Abby - posted on 01/22/2009

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You are asking for some serious constipation!  Adding cereal won't really hold them longer either.  If you are going 3 hours, you are lucky.  I breastfeed and do it about every 45 min-1 1/2 hours.  But she does sleep through the night, so I guess that's okay.

Jennifer - posted on 01/20/2009

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When my daughter was born she was in the NICU for the first few days of her life. She weighed 5lb 3 oz and was 19 1/2 inches long. I have a bicornate uterus which didn't give her much room to grow. Anyway, because she was small she was on a high calorie formula for the first few months of her life. To make the high calorie formula I would add an extra scoop for every 10 ounces of water. This  was prescribed by the Children's Hospital as well as my pediatrician so I don't think that adding extra formula is necessarily harmful. I'm wondering though why would your baby need the rice cereal AND the extra formula. I would think one or  the other would be ok.

Erin - posted on 01/20/2009

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I've heard that adding more formula than the instructions say can cause serious constipation, etc. It's made to be mixed exactly as written to be best for the baby to digest.

Jennifer - posted on 01/20/2009

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I have never heard to add extra formula. In fact, I think you are supposed to follow the instructions precisely. However, I have heard to add Rice Cereal to the formula to thicken. This 'could' help. We tried this with our twins, in hopes to extend the time they fed during the overnight hours. It did not work.

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