How to know when to stop feeding

Rachael - posted on 03/02/2014 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I have a 2 1/2 month old baby who was born 6 weeks premature. She has had issues with reflux so the doctor suggested we thicken her formula and also has her on Prevacid. I've been thickening, but she is still having spit ups and I'm concerned that maybe I'm overfeeding her. :( She doesn't seem to spit up nearly as much or as often when my Husband feeds her.

I think I stress myself over how much or how little she is taking and might be causing her to take more then she actually wants/needs. This afternoon I made 4 ounces of formula with a tablespoon of rice ceral. After about 2 1/2 ounces she started to lose interest, but I got it in my head that that was too little amount (she's been feeding every 5 hours or so) and got her to pretty much take the rest of the bottle. However, when I put her down to rest (and I do keep her elevated) she immediately had a spit up and it frustrated her because the thickened formula is more difficult to spit up.

Should I have stopped at the 2 1/2 ounces? And has anyone noticed that when a baby takes thickened formula that they stay full longer?

I'm feeling like a horrible Mom right now. :(

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Andrea - posted on 03/02/2014

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You are doing great... You are mommy and you will know her best... Your doctor is right, Dr. Brown bottles are very good bottle.. The other ones I liked were the Playtex bag bottles because you can remove almost if not all the air out.. You are really doing well, all of us mom with our first ones over think everything...
Best wishes...

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Rachael - posted on 03/02/2014

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Thanks Andrea! We were fortunate and she wasn't born with any real health issues even being 6 weeks early other then the reflux, but the spit ups still always concern me. She's our only child and some days I feel absolutely clueless. I think I have had it in my head that she needs to be taking a certain amount of formula each feeding and have nudged her to eat when I probably shouldn't have. I'm trying to break myself of that thought process and attempting to be okay with her taking smaller amounts even if she does go several hours between feedings. I try to burp her every 1 1/2 ounces to 2 ounces that she takes, but I don't always get a burp out of her. That makes me nervous too, but her doctor is always reminding me that sometimes there just isn't air in there that needs to come up. And I did switch her to the Dr Brown's bottle which is suppose to help with those issues. I just want my sweet baby to be happy and healthy!

Andrea - posted on 03/02/2014

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Deep breath you are doing great... My middle one was born 4 weeks early with a birth defect called Gastroschisis { insides outside her belly} We had to thicken her breast milk when she had a bottle, She had really bad reflux was on ranitidine. She would over eat with bottles so I started feeding her like she was nursing, I would stop after every 1/2oz to burp and if she only would eat 2oz then I would let her rest awhile { formula is good at room temp for 1 hour} if she would begin to fuss I would finish feeding her otherwise I dumped it.. {which is hard to do with breast milk it is like gold. lol} Yes, our little lady would go longer when she had a thicker bottle 4-6 hours otherwise nursed ever 2-3 hours...
You are doing great... Keep up the great work...
Hope this is helpful, best wishes and take care...

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