How much should my preemie be eating?

Chasity - posted on 09/06/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My daughter was eight weeks early. How much should she be eating now that she is 1 month, 2 weeks, and 5 days old?

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Kathy - posted on 09/06/2010

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My son was a premie at 5 weeks early. I did nurse in the beginning but then we switched him to formula around 8 weeks. We made 4oz bottles and let him eat what he wanted. He never finished them. We didn't let him go more than 4 hrs between feedings. He was small so he could only eat small amounts. There were times when he scarf close to three ounces though! He never got to doing 8 oz til he was close to one and the doctor kept him on formula an extra 6 months so he got to keep his bottle longer than we planned. Feed her what she will eat when she wants it-don't let her go more than four hours between feedings. As she gets bigger, her tummy will get bigger and she will be able to hold more formula. Good luck!

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Chasity - posted on 09/07/2010

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Thanks for the advice ladies. She is up to 4 ounces now every four hours. I'm just worried about her weight gain cause the dr freaked me out last week cause she only gained 3 ounces in nine days. But she grew 1/4 of an inch so she's really long and skinny.

Iridescent - posted on 09/06/2010

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You should have been sent home with a diet for her, whether it be feeding on demand or scheduled. Often preemies don't wake up during the night to feed despite the need because the "hunger" part of their brain isn't fully developed. This also happens with newborns. So if she's on scheduled feeds, she should be following them. The same goes for volume; some cannot tell when they are full any more than when they are hungry, and may overfeed then vomit. Go by the prescribed amount unless you are certain it's such a small amount over (10-15mL) that it won't make her vomit and lose a whole feed.

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