Feeding baby

Liza - posted on 06/21/2013 ( 36 moms have responded )

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I gave birth last May 1st 2013.. I gave birth to a baby boy.. Im kinda confuse what to do about when it's not yet his feeding time(every 3hrs) yet he is already hungry.. Is it ok to feed him even its not yet his feeding time?? Help pls...

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Dove - posted on 06/23/2013

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Yes, we can read... We can also google infant water intoxication and see that giving water to infants has the potential to be deadly. YOUR doctor may have given your babies water, but.... it is not necessary and has the potential to be fatal.... which many doctors will tell you.

Milk is all an infant under 6 months needs.... except in RARE circumstances... and all many babies need under a year.

You also said everyone has their own opinions... which we are sharing OUR opinion from our research... and you also said
*Water don't hurt a baby.they give it to them in the hospital to see if they can suck it would be like you drinking milk all day and nothing else... which may have been your experience, but my youngest didn't have a single drop of water under 7 months... and none of my children had a drop of water in the hospital either.

Lorraine - posted on 06/23/2013

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Please PLEASE Demand feed your bub, he knows when he is hungry, My two sons ( breast fed) were so different when it came to feeding, I had a piggy that really drank heaps and was satisfied for 3 to 4 hours, then along came Mr snacks, he wanted 2 hour feeds small amounts but often, both thrived and were never allowed to wait for food. Congratulations honey, remember a good mum keeps one end wet and the other end dry with lots of cuddles in between :) The majority of the worlds mums, have never heard of 3 hour feeding times, the is a western world practice, that is VERY hard to stick to and why should you, only bubby knows when he's ready....I believe it is a guide so mums will not leave it to long between feeds.
That is all there is to it.

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First, talk to the baby's doctor and see what he/she says. From my experience and my friends here is my advice. I don't know if you are breast or formula feeding. I can understand if you are breast feeding - that this is very stressful. My neice was a lazy eater and would take 1 - 2 hrs to feed, then she was hungry again 3 hrs after the start of her earlier feeding. My sister was so exhausted, after a month she went to bottle feeding and her and my neice were way happier. Every baby is different. Sometimes you should feed on demand, sometimes you should make them wait to be on a schedule. There is no right or wrong answer. It is what you feel comfortable doing, and after talking to your doctor, what you think is best for your baby. You will be able to tell if you baby is truly "hungry" or just crying b/c of something else. A baby's only way of communication is by crying. So crying doesn't always mean hungry, it can mean a dirty diaper, hot, cold, uncomfortable, missing mommy, frustrated, or he just wants to cry. If you can handle it, let him cry for abit while talking to him, holding him. If you can't - and feeding him will soothe him, then feed him. If you are worried about feeding him too much, they usually will spit up the extras - which would be a clue for you. Your son is only 6-8 weeks old. His little stomach can only hold a few ounces at a time, and his stomach will empty very quickly. He is not like an adult that can really stuff themselves and be full for the rest of the day. I hope this helps, I ususally ramble on and get off topic.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 06/27/2013

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Feed him. Babies need to be fed on demand to when THEY are hungry, not what the clock is telling you. Especially when they go through growth spurts, they tend to NEED to eat more frequently. Or when they are teething, they may reduce feedings. Let him dictate when he is hungry, don't tell him when he is or should be. I cannot express how important it is to do on demand feeding.

Alisha - posted on 06/24/2013

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Every 3 hours? Babies don't run on schedules for feeding when they are that young. Sometimes my daughter wanted to nurse every half hour or hour. Feed your baby when he or she is hungry. As they get older it will be more spread out. 2 or 3 hours is only a guide, you can't expect it to be that time period perfectly every time. They're growing! Just like they sleep long and shorter as infants.

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Amanda - posted on 07/21/2013

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If your baby is telling you he is hungry then you should feed him. I have 3 girls and all of them ate like crazy when they were that age. They grow so fast at that age so they need the food. Also, if you a

Liza - posted on 07/14/2013

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Thank you for all the mommies out there who shared their thoughts.. I really appreciate it..

My husband is away, and so im the only one taking care of my 2months and half baby.. It is difficult.. I dont get enough sleep.. Sometimes i only get 3hrs sleep the whole day.. I do mixed feedings since for the first week i did exclusive breast feeding and my nipples really cracked and super sore.. So since then i did mixed feeding to rest my nipples.. Instead, i pump.. Up to the point that my baby needs of milk increase and i can't catch up anymore.. Before i can pump 10oz a day.. And thats good for 5 feedings since i give 2oz every feeding.. And the rest is formula.. Yet now that he's getting bigger and he still get hungry, i give him 4oz of formula.. The problem is my milk supply.. It never increase.. And it's like it is decreasing.. I drink vitamin supplement like moringa capsules that claims help increasing milk supply.. I drink lots of fluid.. Yet nothing happens.. My boobies are getting smaller going back to their original size.. And i don't leak anymore..
I do nursing again after my nipples healed..
Im feeling sad.. I know that my milk supply decrease.. I can't catch up to my baby's demand of milk anymore..
I still nurse him up to now, but even i give both breast for 10-15minutes he will cry for desperation when it's like he don't get any milk anymore.. So i don't have a choice but to make him formula after i nurse him.. This really make me sad.. I can't sleep right now thinking about this..
Anything that i can do??
I will really appreciate your advises.. Thanks!

Mei - posted on 07/02/2013

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In Asia, MANY parents think they need to give water to prevent heat rash.. no such thing. Milk is the only fluid required and until solids is started at 4-6 months (preferably 6), there is no need to give water.

Lorraine - posted on 06/28/2013

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A baby tells the mother how much milk she need to make, if you give a baby water the mums body thinks it is making enough, do NOT give such a young baby water. Think about all the many Millions of mums that do not need nor have bottles.

Dove - posted on 06/28/2013

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Water for a not quite 2 month old.... @@ Really? My youngest barely ever went longer than 2 hours without nursing at that age.... Sure, he gained fast at first, but has been in the 25-50% for weight (and usually 25% for height) since he was 2 years old....

Jodi - posted on 06/28/2013

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Just some information about feeding baby water:
http://www.stlouischildrens.org/articles...

"Breast milk or formula provides all the fluid healthy babies need. If a mother feels her baby needs to take additional water, it should be limited to two to three ounces at a time and should be offered only after the baby has satisfied his hunger with breast feeding or formula."

Jodi - posted on 06/28/2013

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Also, do not follow the advice about the cereal. He is too young for that too.

Jodi - posted on 06/28/2013

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NO!!!! Do NOT give him water between feedings in place of a feed. That can be dangerous - there is such a thing as water intoxication, aside from the fact that the reason your baby is hungry is that he needs nutrients (which water does not have). Replacing nutritious feeds with water is dangerous for your baby, so please don't follow that advice.

Your baby is only two months old. Chances are he is going through a growth spurt. Are you breast or formula feeding?

Desma - posted on 06/28/2013

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Start giving him a bottle of water when he's hungry between feedings. That way he'll get used to water and it will balance the feedings so you don't have an over weight child in future months and years. Trust me, he has plenty of time for a big appetite. You don't wanna rush it. I have 4 boys. All big now. But that worked for me. They grew up to be healthy, normal weight and they love water over juice and soda.

Loretta - posted on 06/28/2013

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Feed him!!! Not only does he need to eat when he's hungry, if you are nursing him, his bouts of frequent nursing signal your body to produce more milk as his need increases. As your milk production increases, his nursing will space out again. Even if you are bottle feeding, feed him when he's hungry! It will be a happier time for both of you if he's well-fed and happy instead of hungry and cranky!

Michelle - posted on 06/27/2013

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When I'm hungry I have a snack. Sometimes I go a long time between meals, sometimes I get hungry an hour after breakfast. He can't go to the cupboard, so he's telling you what he needs. Listen to him.

Katy - posted on 06/27/2013

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Our babies are the same age and she was feeding every 2 hours (breast fed). I started pumping after she would eat to build up my supply and she has been more satisfied. I feed on demand. I found with my first baby that a schedule just makes things worse. This is my 3rd breast fed child. If nothing else is calming your baby then he is hungry.

Roxann - posted on 06/27/2013

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I would go ahead and feed so they dont cry and get so wo rked up that if u wait and they are upset.then they wont feed when its reallytime...

Jen - posted on 06/27/2013

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Easy - feed him when he is hungry, no matter what time it is!! Babies don't need a schedule and anyone who tells you they do is an idiot.

Lisa - posted on 06/27/2013

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It may be time to start putting a little cereal in his milk. He is not getting enough with just the milk and for a lot of babies that is normal. Best wishes

Kerre - posted on 06/27/2013

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If the baby is hungry feed him - plain and simple. The baby, no matter what age, should not be on a schedule. I'm one of those parents who hate it when parents put their kids on their schedule.

Aliza - posted on 06/25/2013

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If he's crying try giving him a bottle. If he is eating to much and overweight your doc will let you know at his next physical. It'll be ok :-) I nursed my babies but my son, born at 7.13 was 20 pounds at 4 months. They like to eat... Who doesn't ;-)

Amy - posted on 06/25/2013

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If he's hungry he'll let you know. Feed him when he's hungry don't worry about how long it's been since he's ate last. He will only eat what he needs. Also if you feel he needs a few ozs. each feeding that's fine to. You are mom follow your instincts and listen to your baby he'll tell you what he needs. Remember every baby /person is different and their needs and wants are not always the same as everyone else's. You're a great mom you'll do great.

Suefan - posted on 06/24/2013

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Babies dont really overfeed as they mnow when they are full. Nursing babies tend to want to fed more often. I am honestly not sure about formula fed babies. All n can say is feed when they are hungry. A bit early to set a feeding schedule.

Debbie - posted on 06/24/2013

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My baby boy was just a big boy and wanted to nurse all the time....if the baby wants to eat then let them...it will be fine! If he was not eating I woul be worried. Just go with the flow with the baby and if they are happy all is good!

Ashley - posted on 06/24/2013

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Feed your baby when he is hungry. Children that age won't over eat. My don ate 2 ounces every hour for months because he had stomach issues and couldn't east more than that at a time. Now he is 6 mo old and still eats every hour to two hours. Doctors and research will tell you to feed your baby on demand. Their stomachs ate much smaller than ours. Until they are 4-6 mo they should strictly be on formula orr best fed. After that start them on rice cereal and baby food. Check out the herbert website, they have feeding guides and recommendations, but even they well say each baby is different and your child may eat more our less based on their age, size and weight. Also keep in mind that babies will go from eating very little to a much larger amount as they go in and out of growth spurts

Denise - posted on 06/23/2013

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Can y'all read I said ask your Dr I fed all 6 of my kids water and all 7 of my grandkids water and there all perfect and healthy

Lorraine - posted on 06/23/2013

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Denise Starlin
Dear that is not good advise, babies do not drink water instead of milk, ONLY if they are in a middle of a heat wave.

Dove - posted on 06/23/2013

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Feed the baby whenever he is hungry. Water at this age actually has the potential to kill a baby. Milk is all they NEED for the first year (though solids can start at 6 months).

Denise - posted on 06/23/2013

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Water don't hurt a baby.they give it to them in the hospital to see if they can suck it would be like you drinking milk all day and nothing else

Mandi - posted on 06/23/2013

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I have a 2 month old and feed her whenever she's hungry. Sometimes she will eat and an hour and a half later she's hungry again. There are times when she will go 3-4 hours in between. I wouldn't worry about feeding him too much, they let you know when they are hungry and don't always follow a schedule. I wouldn't give him water yet without talking to his doctor.

Denise - posted on 06/23/2013

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I've had 6 kids and I always feed them when they were hungry I also would give them a little water in between feedings and that held them over just fine and it's good for them but talk to your Dr everyone has there own opinion

Mary - posted on 06/21/2013

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I was told by a lactant consultat that babies go into grow spurts which causes them to "be hungry all the time" My oldest never asked for more before the 3-4 hour time frame. My youngest, now 3 months old, didn't seem to be able to stop eating and by her first month she was already taking 3 ounces!!(my doctor told me it was way too much milk lol) I breastfeed until 5 weeks because my milk wasn't enough anymore and it was very frustating to see her hungry and me being sore, tired, and unable to feed her enough milk. She's been formula feed ever since and she's already in the 4-5 ounces sometimes at 2 hours

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