My 4 week old wants to eat constantly. He is bottle fed and seems to want to eat 4oz's of food every two to three hours. Can I be misreading his cues and he's not really hungry but it's something else? Is this normal?

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Leila - posted on 05/06/2013

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I dont know what to do anymore!! My kid is almost 4 weeks he takes formula and wants to eat every hour (2-3ounces every hour) is this normal? And takes the paci but when he realizes its not milk he cries!! I tried doing everything to distract him and nothing seems to work

Leila - posted on 05/06/2013

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My kid is almost 4 weeks and he eants to eat every hour 2-3 ounces... Im not breastfeeding is this normal? He doesnt spit up

Cindy - posted on 11/12/2008

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Yes it's normal. It's great that you have a good eater! Remember to upgrade the nipple bottle as he grows. Most bottle brands have newborn to size 4. The age recommendation and size should be on the label. One more thing that was great advice when I had my first baby: to get your baby to sleep through the night, start this routine. At night when your son wants to eat, make it all business. Don't turn on the light, don't talk to him (not a word), and don’t sing to him. Feed him, change him and rock him back to sleep. Remember, no talking and lights stay off. Trust me; he knows it’s you without hearing your voice. When morning comes, the lights go on, talk as much as you want, change out of the night clothes. This worked like a charm. It was hard at first not talking to my newborn son, but both my babies were sleeping through the night 6 hours at 5 weeks and 8 hours at 7 weeks.

Suha - posted on 01/17/2016

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My four week old son is bottle feeding, When he cries for milk I go and prepare when 160 Ml then when I tried to burp him mid way half the bottle or half the bottle, sometimes he throws up the whole milk, then he keeps crying and seem to ask for more milk and then I give him more milk And burp him perfectly and then maybe goes to sleep and sometimes he keeps being grumpy, please advise what to do because every time he's throwing up and I don't know if there is something wrong

Jeanette - posted on 11/12/2008

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Four weeks old and eating every two to three hours is normal. I would be more worried if he wasn't eating that much every two or three hours. He will go for longer periods of time as he gets older....but for now he is right on track.

p.s. I have five children and have been a mother for 30 yrs.

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Melissa - posted on 11/13/2008

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Ditto on everything Cindy Thomas recommended - I did this too (night is night no matter what) and have always had a great sleeper. 8-10 hours at 7 weeks old, 6:30 bedtime with no crying ever (she is now 2), and sleeps until 7 every morning.

Katie - posted on 11/12/2008

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This is very normal, and just hang in there, It will get better over time. Babies go through growth spurts at about 3-4weeks as well as at 3 and 6 months. This usually lasts for a week and then tapers off but at this age your son is eating on que and is right on schedule... :)

Carie - posted on 11/12/2008

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This is normal! My now 3 month old did the same thing! I thought I was feeding her way too much, but that's what she wanted so I let her eat up. The Doctor said the best thing to do is feed on demand! Give it a week or two and then he'll slow up a bit. It is totally normal!

Sarah - posted on 11/12/2008

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My son did the same thing, I paniced and called the doctor, they said it was just a growth spurt, which they have many of. During growth spurts my sons doctor said to feed him whenever he wanted it, they need all the food they can get at this time, their bodies are using it to grow.

Cherise - posted on 11/12/2008

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For the first couple months all nursing moms feel like cows since your child feeds so often and it seems like your constantly upping the ozs. It could definately be a growth spurt but if he's not throwing up his milk (spit up is fine) then give him as much as he wants and as often as he wants. He doesn't know what over eating is at such a young age and his stomach is so small the every 2-3 hours is very normal.

Shannon - posted on 11/12/2008

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Yes it is normal! My now 7 month old ate every 2 hours during the day until he was almost 4 months old. He is BF. He has always slept great at night.

Melissa - posted on 11/12/2008

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I think that 4 weeks is way to early for any kind of cereal/solid to be mixed into the formula. Definitely check with your doc before trying that one. I know my ped would have recommended against it.

Gail - posted on 11/12/2008

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Yeah for the most part all kids that young will eat ever 2-3 hours. That is normal. My kids did the same thing. You can check to see if there is anything else like a wet diaper or whatever it may be.

Jennifer - posted on 11/12/2008

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He's hungry.... That's the first thing they learn... try some cereal in the bottle, of course.

Charissa - posted on 11/12/2008

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Absolutely normal...my son was also bottle fed and would feed every 2 or 3 hours. If you don't want to feed him so much, try upping the food an oz..that's what I did and it worked great.

User - posted on 11/12/2008

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Growth spurt... and as long as he's not spitting up I'd keep giving him the bottle. Right now, you're not going to go overboard. He's a growing baby and he needs to gain weight.

Maria - posted on 11/12/2008

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this is normal u probably need to move him up and oz and then he will be satisfied

Courtney - posted on 11/12/2008

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Hi,

My son did this too. He was small (5lbs 3 oz) when born and his stomach could only hold so much. I was nursing, but he still needed to eat every 2-3 hours. It was draining, but as soon as they mature a little, they will be able to go longer.

Good luck!

Amy - posted on 11/12/2008

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Im pretty sure i was giving mine 5 oz at that age but I also started supplimenting with water bottles inbetween and that seemed to help. Sometimes I think its just the bottle that they want. : )

Courtney - posted on 11/12/2008

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Start incorporating pablom into his diet. My daughter was the same way thats what we did she got pablom in the morning and before bed and she wasn't as hungry during the day after pablom in the morning.

Melissa - posted on 11/12/2008

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I nursed so I would be unsure of the amounts, but the timing of feedings sounds normal to me. It settles down eventually, but you are in demand pretty constantly for the first 3 months, I'm afraid!

Diana - posted on 11/12/2008

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I agree with everyone so far - this is very normal, esp that early on. They grow unbelievably that early on. If you are really worried, you have every reason to ask your pediatrician, but he'll probably tell you the same thing! It will become easier eventually!! The pacifier is always a great invention, too, if you ask me, for cranky times, but if he is eating his full bottle, he's probably hungry.

Jennifer - posted on 11/12/2008

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he could just be going thru a growth spurt....or he could have a high sucking need, try a paci. =)

Heather - posted on 11/12/2008

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Try giving him a binki. He may just need to suck. Both of my kids ate every 3 hours or so. I found with my first one that she was using the bottle as a pacifier to go to sleep so I started giving her a binki. I had to help her with it at first. It is very normal for a baby to want to suck a lot. It is soothing to them. And then again if that doesn't work he may just really be hungry. Both of my kids ate a lot and they have never been over weight a day in their short lives! If he is just hungry I say feed him, maybe add an oz. of formula and see how long he goes between feedings but I would try a pacifier and go from there.

Salena - posted on 11/12/2008

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This is probably normal, if you were misreading his cues he probably wouldn't eat the whole 4 oz and babies don't really over eat as far as I know, anyway it's probably better to have more to eat than not enough!

Tara - posted on 11/12/2008

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Totally normal. Babies will eat every 3 hours until about 4-5 mos. old. Or at least mine did.

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Hi there, my daughter did this too and she seemed to just be going through a growth spurt. She settled down after a week or two. Good luck:)

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