Shelly - posted on 02/18/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )
I am about to lose my mind, for the past week I have been trying so hard to get my 4 month old to eat. This all started after I had daddy take of her for 4 days in a row and now she is all outta wack. I know he wasn't feeding her enough, and now she will barely take a bottle at all, even when I know she is hungry.
Before this she was a champ feeder & she would eat 4oz every 3 to 4 hours with no problem, and she was taking about 30oz per 24hrs. She is 18lbs & 27 inches, she is not teething and her gums are still really soft & gummy. Yesterday I only got 12oz in her and I'm starting to worry, she does not have a fever or cough & I do not think she is ill.
She will chew on her hands, suck her fingers, suck my fingers, lip smack, and suck or chew her toys, but refuses a bottle even after 8 hours of no food (believe me I'm trying like crazy). I have rocked, bounced, and worn her in a sling, nothing is working. I can get her to take about 2oz when she is in that relaxed twlight zone before she drifts off to sleep, and that is the only time. I am feeling horriable because she will just wail until she is tired, and then finally give in to a few sips. I have even tried different bottles & she doesn't use a pacifier.
Ladies I feel like I am doing something wrong. Is this just a phase? Anyone else had a 4 month old who won't eat? When I try to give her the bottle she will turn her head and tongue thrust out the nipple & go right back to lip smacking and chewing her hand. Never had this problem with my 1st baby.