Formula feeding issues

Rachel - posted on 01/05/2013 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I was wondering if anyone has had the same situation as I am experiencing. My 3 month old daughter has been taking 4 oz formula bottles every 3 three hours (sometimes every 2 hours) and sleeps through the night. All of a sudden 2 weeks ago she started taking only 2 oz from her morning bottle but continuing with 4 oz with the rest of her bottles then 3 days into taking less from the morning bottle she started doing the same with all of her other bottles. I struggle to get 2 oz out of every bottle and she simply pushes it out with her tongue and refuses to take more. I was worried bc she did't sound congested and she was still happy and pleasant so I took her to the doctor and had a full checkup and was told that everything was normal, she wasn't sick, she didn't have thrush or any ulcers in her mouth so I was told when a baby has a normal checkup but is having trouble eating the next thing they suggest is reflux. I told the ped she wasn't spitting up or crying with the bottles she just simply didnt want it, even after sleeping through the night. She prescribed zantac and she has been taking it with no change. I could see if she was congested or teething but neither are going on, or if it was just a growth spurt she would just go from 4 to 3 oz. I don't know if this is just a phase or why all of a sudden she is doing this but the main thing I am concerned about is getting enough formula in her. The ped won't see a problem as long as she gains weight, has wet diapers and is hydrated. We go back on Monday for a follow up and I am trying to rule out everything and hope its just a phase but I thought it would have gotten a little better by now. Any advice or help is welcome! Thank you!

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Deanna - posted on 01/06/2013

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Like the ped said. As long as she is gaining the weight, has wet diapers, and is hydrated, there should be nothing to worry about. If she is happy and progressing things are going along smoothly. Just try to give her a bit more. Some kids don't eat as much as others.
She just might not be hungry. I know, it's not what you really want to hear, but maybe have her go in for check-ups more often just to keep an eye on it.

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Rachel - posted on 01/05/2013

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I'm not looking for a better answer then a doctor can give, I just have expierience with doctors who do not want to suggest anything if a child is gaining weight. I am simply asking if anyone else has had any similar issues like this. With my son his issues started bc of thrush and hand foot and mouth which were misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all by his doctor until it was too late and he expierienced so much pain in his mouth that he now associates food with pain. There is none of that with my daughter so that is why I put it out there in this post.

While switching her to soy just happened with her last 2 bottles and tomorrow may be a different story, I was still looking for any similar situations

Dove - posted on 01/05/2013

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* i switched her to soy formula today and she has immediately started taking all 4 oz bottles throughout the day. I dont know if this is the solution but she did not fight, cry or push the bottle out.

You could've put that in the op....

Sorry you are looking for an answer better than a doctor can give.... If you've already been through years of issues with your son.. maybe there is a genetic reason?

Rachel - posted on 01/05/2013

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The problem has only been going on for 2 weeks and if she continues to take only 1-2 oz each feeding she will not be thriving. As I appreciated your response you sound like the doctor. My son had reflux and food aversions from 7 months old due to lack of doctors proper diagnosis, that was their response for 2 years, "as long as he is gaining weight". The extremes i had to go through to get formula into my son are beyond imaginable and bc I went to great lengths to do so he was still gaining weight therefore the doctors were not concerned. So just bc a child is gaining weight by no means does that mean everything is fine.

My daughters issue is concerning as there is no major reason she is doing this but is clearly suffering in some way. After sleeping 12 hours through the night she should be taking more then 2 oz. i switched her to soy formula today and she has immediately started taking all 4 oz bottles throughout the day. I dont know if this is the solution but she did not fight, cry or push the bottle out.

As of mother of a child who suffered for years bc multiple doctors were not concerned bc there was weight gain (it's unfortunate that its just a numbers game to them) I wrote this question to make sure my daughter didn't start going down the same road as my son

Dove - posted on 01/05/2013

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As long as she's continuing to grow, thrive, and stay hydrated... it ISN'T a problem. I'm surprised the doc prescribed meds when she isn't upset and is still growing. With reflux... there would be spit up (not always) or fussiness of SOME sort.

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