I have a 4 1/2 month old who is only having 4 bottles a day and on 180mls doctor says its rare?

Jessica-Lea - posted on 02/21/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My daughter was born on 10th October 2009, She is only on 4 bottles a day and very rarely has the 5. Her routine is 6am for the first feed of the day then 10am then 2pm and then 6-6:30pm then off to sleep and she pretty much got herself in that routine and I have just stuck with it, I have seen the health nurse and doctor and they weren't too worried about it. They just said its very rare but does happen for a baby to be dropping feeds so quickly! So my next question to both the nurse and doctor was should I start giving puree fruit? Their response was no way should anyone feed their babys before 5months? Bit undecided on what to do!!

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Stifler's - posted on 12/12/2010

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Oh mate, I had a kid that only had 4 bottles a day at 4 months and THEY WERE ALL DURING THE NIGHT. He REFUSED to drink a bottle at day time no matter what I did. Feeding the solids will make her drink even less and that is not a fantastic idea. I started giving him food and all that happened was he got constipated from not enough fluids.

Sarah - posted on 12/12/2010

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Hi Jessica,
just wondering how your bubs is going? My son is only 3 1/2 months and is doing the same thing. He gets up at 6am, has a bottle then another at 10am, 2pm, 6pm then in bed for the night so he is only having 4 bottles @ 180ml. He also hardly ever drinks the whole amount, he always leaves 20 - 40ml so there is no point going up to the next level. I was wondering what you ended up doing and how she is going and whether I should be doing something or just let him be. He got himself in this routine so I don't want to mess with it if there is no need.
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My baby is exactly the same... same age and same issue... sometimes i try to put a little more in her bottle before bed, but she is still at the top of the scale for weight gain, and my doctor and the nurses dont seem worried. Plus im not going to wake her up in the middle of the night for a feed, because i think sleep is just as important as food, she has been sleeping through the night since 6 weeks and gets very grumpy if you wake her... The rice cereal in the last bottle sounds like i good idea though i might give that a try myself ;-)

Erin - posted on 02/21/2010

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wow! maybe try putting some baby cereal in the one before bed for her to make sure she's getting enough or filled thru the night.havent heard of that one either guess just try what works for u and her.as long as she's healthy,growing that's all that matters.

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if shes gaining weight I wouldn't be concerned. my daughter is 6 months and i'm pretty sure at 4 months she was only having 4 bottles of 180ml aswell. warm water is the best. try giving her warm water after each time she wakes up before her bottle. that way she will start getting use to water aswell. good luck

Sheree - posted on 02/21/2010

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If she's not drinking a lot, it is normal. try giving her a small amount of water, like 20-30ml. My daughter was the same and thats what the dr recommended

Jessica-Lea - posted on 02/21/2010

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Thanks for all your help ladies its muchly appreciated and has helped alot!! Also is it normal for her to be having hard poo most of the time like yesterday she did 1 or 2 soft poo's and all the other nappy changes were all hard and small rocks?

Sheree - posted on 02/21/2010

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I wouldnt be giving her pureed food, she's too young. They are supposed to drink 100ml per kilo they weigh each day, so if she is say 4kg then she would need to drink 400ml per day, averaged across the 4 feeds she has would be 100ml per feed. This was the rule my dr gave me when i had my little girl and we stuck with that. My LO was always a little under where she would of been with drinking but still put on weight at a healthy rate.

Louveda - posted on 02/21/2010

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Ditto Amy Lea. A baby that young simply cannot digest even pureed foods yet. As long as she is thriving I wouldn't be too concerned. She will eat when she is hungry.

Lisa - posted on 02/21/2010

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ive been advised to start feeding my baby fruits and cereals at 4 months by her pediatrician. but her nutrionist says wait till 6 months. i started her on cereal at 3 months and introduced fruits and veggies at 4 months. shes almost five months. i had the same concern about the bottle thing. they said they wanted her to be eating 18- 24 ounces so that might give you an acceptable amount. once my baby started eating cereal her milk intake decreased. which is normal. she goes through 4 to 5 bottles as well.

Lori - posted on 02/21/2010

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If she is not dropping weight then don't worry.

I agree with them about not adding food this early. and when you do add food, dont start with fruit first you will never get her to eat veggies. both my children ask for veggies (ages 4 and 7)

I always started food introduction at 6 months and it was rice cereal the i added veggies. i started with sweet potato then peas then green beans. 2 weeks of veggies then one week of fruit was added evey other feeding along with the veggies. I also changed the veggies every 2 weeks... good luck with finding what works for you and your baby.

Iridescent - posted on 02/21/2010

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Considering how little she is eating, introducing foods is a bad idea. Formula is very high in calories and easy to digest and pass through the stomach. Food is lower for the same amount, takes longer to digest and pass through, all of which adds up to lack of growth or even weight loss in a situation like yours. Listen to your doctor.

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