over filling a baby

Joanne - posted on 01/05/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )

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my daughter was born prem her birth weight was 3lb 8oz she nearly 5 months now and taking small amounts of solids but i only give her couple of teaspoons she s not increasing her amounts of milk or soids if she has over 4 ounces she just vomits and if she over eats solids even though she seems to want it she projectile vomits someone plz help

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Jodi - posted on 01/05/2011

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Joanne, I'm reading this to say that she is vomiting when she has the solids?

At 5 months, she is probably too young and her tummy isn't ready for them yet. Most pediatricians recommend solids at 6 months, but given your daughter is a premmie, you need to age adjust (you didn't mention how early she was born). So there is a BIG possibility she simply isn't ready for the solids. I would suggest stopping the solids and sticking with milk for a while and try again in another month or two.

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Stifler's - posted on 01/05/2011

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if she's not drinking her milk then she doesn't need any solids, she needs the milk more. solids are complementary.

Sabra - posted on 01/05/2011

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If the vomiting has changed since you started the solids then stop the solids for a little while to let her tummy adjust some more she is still young for them (not too young but each child is different)i'm assuming it is cereal you are giving her so you could also try making it thinner. if its just from eating in general then try and burp more often. My daughter was the same way she could never eat more than 4 oz all the way up to when she stopped formula completely at 12 months. I ended up having to feed her about every hour and a half because her tummy couldn't handle it. It's kind of a pain but I mean we will do anything for our little ones.

Franny - posted on 01/05/2011

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it's important to know that infants are born with their intestinal system not fully developed - that's why they should only have breastmilk (or formula) until they are about 6 months old (give or take). it may be that because your baby was pre-term her digestive system is still not fully functional - don't push the solids, keep her on breastmilk or formula.
and defnitely see your doctor, in case there is something bigger that is the problem - my friend's son had a twisted stomach, and it gave him all kinds of problems. if you are bresatfeeding, you could be eating things she is allergic too and it is in the milk. if it is formula, even one she tolerated previously, she could have developed an allergy to it. take her to your care provider!

Iysha - posted on 01/05/2011

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What is her weight now? The NICU doctor and nurses and my daughter's current doctor gave me this formula to know about how much my daughter should be drinking of formula: weight in pounds X 2.5 = # of ounces in 24hrs
ex: 7lbs X 2.5 + 17.5oz in 24 hrs...that can be 3.5 oz bottles 6 times a day...

My daughter followed that formula without me really even trying to feed her that amount. try it? it may just be that at 5 months, your daughter isnt as big as a full term 5 month old so she will drink less milk and will not be as ready for solids as a full term 5 month old. At her age, solids are just to get her used to different textures and not for nutrition, that comes from formula or breastmilk, so even cutting that down to one teaspoon and having her have mostly bottle may be a good option. Also, babies a lot of the time arent hungry but will keep eating because they want to suck so you may want to offer a pacifier when you think she has had too much and may end up vimiting.

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