When to increase babys volume of food

Lisa - posted on 06/19/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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How do you know when it is time to increase the volume your babies are eating. I have 10 wk twins, a boy and a girl. My son often cries immediately after he eats and sometimes my daighter will fuss while she is still eating. I have increased their intake a half a oz once a day and it seems they still want more. My son also has reflux so I am concerned about over feeding and then he spitting up. Any advise?

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Jodie - posted on 06/21/2009

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i always let the babies tell me when they needed more. I burped them half way through a feed and then gave them the rest of their bottle, if they finished it all and ask for their next feed earlier than usual then i would up the bottle an extra ounce they will never eat more than they need and if they do it always comes straight back up!! If you're using formula check the box it sometimes have a rough feeding guide!!

Charlotte - posted on 06/19/2009

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Also when a baby drinks from a bottle the drink more as they have a constant flow. So you do have to be carefull not to feed them to much.

Charlotte - posted on 06/19/2009

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I have 11 week old boys and they recomend that they should drink 150mls to every kilo of their body weight. My boys weigh 5kg and they feed 4 to 5 times a day,and they drink between 650 to 750 mls a day. One of my boys often brings his back up so I keep him elivated for 5 mins after a feed before I burp him and this helps him get more down. Hope this helps

Dawn - posted on 06/19/2009

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With my twins, I eventually started supplementing and by 3 months was formula feeding all the time. My pediatrician gave us a chart on how much formula to feed and when to increase it. I can't find the chart, but if I remember correctly, at 1-2 months=2oz at each feeding; 2-6 months=4-6 oz at each feeding; 6+ months=6-8 oz at each feeding. If it is too much, they will stop eating. Talk to your doctor about the reflux, there are meds you can give him. If you are nursing, they you may need to change your diet (my friend had to stop all dairy to help her daughter). I found that my girls would eat more at night, and sleep for 8 hours. As soon as they woke up, they would want a full bottle, and then throughout the day, they wouldn't be as large. You can google formula amounts and see what the concensus is. Good luck

Kate - posted on 06/19/2009

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Hi Lisa my twins (boy and girl) are 2 months old and the way that we determined how to increase the volume of their food was by trying it out.My son and daughter were doing almost the same exact thing about a week and a half ago. Our twins have increased their intake by about an ounce and a half. We aren't primarily feeding them formula (we supplement 2 feeds a day) so I don't know how much they get when they breastfeed though. Since your son has reflux you might want to ask your pediatrician. Ours said that our babies' stomachs could hold up to 7 ounces which is nowhere near what they are eating. Good Luck!!

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