My daughter is 8 months, how can I get her to take more than 3.5 ounces of milk at a time?

Melinda - posted on 08/05/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 8 months and 2 weeks old and she still will only take 3-4 ounces at a time! She is up every 2-3 hours at night to eat and I know if I could just get her full before bed she might actually sleep longer! I don't like the "cry it out" method personally, is there some way to get her to actually eat more at a time?

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Tara - posted on 08/05/2009

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My twins are now 19 months, and my son starting drinking more than 4 ounces a couple of months ago, and my daughter just started about a month ago. They just wouldn't drink more, and there really isn't much you can do about it. My older son was drinking 8 ozs by the time he was 2 months. As for the sleeping longer at night, I had this problem with my daughter. What worked with her was at night a bit before bedtime, I would feed her some pablum. This seemed to fill her more at night. Give it a try. Good luck

Samantha - posted on 08/05/2009

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i had this problem with my baby from birth so spoke 2 my midwife and she said to put him on a fast flow teat. the reason for this is bcoz he was trying so hard to get the milk out he was tiring himself out n couldnt be bothered. i changed his teat and it was an instant fix

Meagan - posted on 08/05/2009

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If she is on food try giving her a little cereal right before bed. I had to make my son cry and wait a little longer before every bottle when he got like that. Maybe a half hour and he eventually started to eat more and less often.

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Mel - posted on 08/05/2009

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use high calorie formula that will get her to sleep longer or rice cereal in her bottle. try pediasure it is double the calories of cows milk and they can drink little amounts but still get full. have you tried keeping her awake more during the day? at almost 9 months the baby should be focasing more on solids rather then milk

September - posted on 08/05/2009

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well I don't actually get her out of bed when she does cry for her bottle...I just give her a bottle and she holds it and after she is done with it throws it aside. But the problem isn't her just getting up at night but that she is still only taking 3-4 ounces of milk at a time. Everyone I know who has a baby, their babies were eating 6-8 ounces by the time they were 8 months old. I would hate to let her cry it out when she is actually hungry. She doesn't eat a lot of solids and since she was born has been only taking the 3 ounces, occasionly I do get her to take 4 but it is rare. I just want her to eat more at a time.



Is it normal for her to only eat 3 ounces when she is 8 months old?



THIS IS TOTALLY NORMAL! EVERY BABY IS DIFFERENT. NOT ALL BABIES EAT 6-8OZ AT 8 MONTHS. LIKE I SAID BEFORE MY SON IS 9 MONTH AND EATS 4OZ EVERY 3 HOURS PLUS SOLIDS AT B-FAST. LUNCH AND DINNER AND HE IS AS HEALTHY AS CAN BE :) DON'T WORRY YOUR BABY WILL BE FINE :) SHE LOOKS VERY HEALTHY!

September - posted on 08/05/2009

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My son is 9 months old and only eats 4oz every 3 hours. I've been told by my doctor that this is plenty. As long as your baby continues to grow and thrive there are no worries. I've heard that a baby knows how much they need to eat and therefore do so. Your daughter looks happy and healthy to me :) I would not worry if I was you. Good luck!!

Melinda - posted on 08/05/2009

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well I don't actually get her out of bed when she does cry for her bottle...I just give her a bottle and she holds it and after she is done with it throws it aside. But the problem isn't her just getting up at night but that she is still only taking 3-4 ounces of milk at a time. Everyone I know who has a baby, their babies were eating 6-8 ounces by the time they were 8 months old. I would hate to let her cry it out when she is actually hungry. She doesn't eat a lot of solids and since she was born has been only taking the 3 ounces, occasionly I do get her to take 4 but it is rare. I just want her to eat more at a time.

Is it normal for her to only eat 3 ounces when she is 8 months old?

Linda - posted on 08/05/2009

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My kids used to lots of small meals during the day. At about 8 months I had to let my daughter cry. I would get up make sure everything was ok and then leave. I would wait 15 minutes, go back in, comfort her and then leave. It took some patience. The next night I waited 20 minutes, the next night 30 minutes and so on. By the end of the week she slept through the night. But I had to stop feeding her during the night as it was becoming reinforcing.

Amber - posted on 08/05/2009

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i think lakishas right about her getting up at night because she knows you will get her that is how i got willa to sleep through the night was i started letting her fuss for a while and at 1 month old she was sleeping through the night.

Lakisha - posted on 08/05/2009

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Sometimes when babies began eating solid foods they drink less bottles. Which is good b/c it will probably be easier to get her off the bottle on time! When she's thirsty she'll drink it. but maybe you should feed her a good meal right before bedtime. If that doesn't work, I know it sounds mean but let her cry it out and eventually she'll stop waking up for food. She probably wakes up in the middle of the night because she knows you'll come get her out of bed.

Amber - posted on 08/05/2009

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my baby is the same way she is 7.5 months and she ususally only drinks 4 oz in the mornings i can get her to take 6 but thats only bucause she has been so long with out a bottle. she does however sleep through the night because right before i put her to bed i feed her cereal from a spoon. the cereal seems to satisify more when fed from a spoon than through a bottle. so if your not giving her cereal before bed you might try that because my doc says as long as she is drinking i think it was 17 oz-24 oz a day she was fine. hopefully that kinda helps

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