infant feeding problems

Codi - posted on 08/11/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Baby girl is not eating very much, 2-2.5oz, every 3 hours and she is 11 weeks old. Need help in figuring out how to get her to eat more.

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if your scheduel feeding... try breaking your scheduel and just offering the a feed more often.

she might be in a growth spurt... some babies cut down on feeds, some increase, some fuss, some sleep... i know my daughter has done all of the above over her growth spurts.

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Tess - posted on 08/14/2009

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Well with my own children they would let you me when they where hungry but I started putting baby cereal in their bottles around four months(making sure that the nipple hole is large enough but not to big), I was confident they getting enough to fill their little bellies, sometimes the wee ones want a little more than just milk or formula, also try some different brands of formula or if your breastfeeding stay away from spicey food, onions and garlic just might be the taste. If all else fails take her to the Doctor make sure she is not loosing weight.

Kaye - posted on 08/14/2009

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Is she falling asleep easily while eating, or is she just refusing it all together? does she spit or throw up if you try to feed her more than she want?

Amber - posted on 08/12/2009

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If she has reflux (GERD) then she may be in pain when she takes more than the 2-3 oz, as reflux for babies is painful, if she is arching, crying etc. while eating I would let your Dr. know she may need some meds to help keep the reflux down until her body grows out of it which most babies do. If you don't want to do meds, then you may try a thicker milk like enfamil AR (its a rice formula) it is thicker and sometimes helps keep the milk down, but if she is gaining weight and still having diapers and thriving she will probably be okay, it's just hard to feed so often.

Gidget - posted on 08/11/2009

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Have you tried nursing? My middle child was not tolerant to ANY kind of milk or soy product. I HAD to nurse him. I had already started him on formula and he spent a 5-day stint in the hospital -- so it was difficult to get lactating again but the "old school" doctor gave me some great advice to assist me in producing enough breast milk. My son is now 9 and he is a healthy football player.

Jennifer - posted on 08/11/2009

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I think as long as she is growing and is not crying all the time you are ok! All babies are different. She is sooo cute!

Codi - posted on 08/11/2009

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she has 6-8 wet diapers a day and at least one dirty. Sometimes she does spit up, she has been diagnosed with GERD.

Korin - posted on 08/11/2009

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I agree with September Wilson. It's time to worry if your baby begins to sleep too much! It is a sign of malnutrition. One question though....does she spit up after she eats? Is she having plenty of wet/dirty diapers?

September - posted on 08/11/2009

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My son is 9 months old and only eats 4oz every 3 hours and is completly healthy. If I were you I would not worry. Babies eat how ever much they want and will not let themselves go hungry. It's not good to force your baby into eating more then they want to. I was also concerned so I talked to our Doctor about it and she told me that as long as he is growing then that's all that matters. Every baby is different and so are their needs. Keep doing what you're doing and try not to worry. Good luck!

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