How much does your baby eat?

Stephanie - posted on 10/24/2012 ( 27 moms have responded )

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My son is 12 weeks old and has been eating (formula fed) about 4 oz every 3-4 hours. The past few days he has started to only take 2 oz, but then wants to eat again in an hour. He isn't sleeping through the night yet. It used to be one feeding around 3 or 4 am and then up at 6. Since his change in eating during the day started, now he wakes at 1-2 am, 3-4 am, and 5-6 am. Any ideas? Should I try cereal in the bottle? Solids?

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Samantha - posted on 11/13/2012

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I breastfeed on demand because I trust my baby to let me know when she is hungry..she wakes up 1-2 times at night, usually at 2 and 5 and we co-sleep so I don't have to get up, which is all very normal for a 4 month old. I am not introducing solids until at least 6 months, when her stomach is fully developed. I really don't think babies under 6 months should have anything but breast milk (and the World Health Organization seems to agree with me) and I will not be giving her rice cereal at all. Rice cereal is the digestive equivalent of white sugar for your baby, it is a choking hazard when put in a bottle, and can cause problems with her tummy especially if she is not 6 months yet (virgin gut) Introducing solids before 6 months also increases risk of allergy....there is nothing good about early solids unless your baby is in dire, dire, DIRE need of nutrition and will not take any form of breast milk, donor milk, formula, goats milk and coconut oil, etc.

Lauren - posted on 11/11/2012

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My daughter does this whenever she went through he growth spurts. My daughtrr our now 18 Weeks and she eats 6 Oz every 3 to 4 hours and she is now getting solids too (but her Dr said we coups go ahead! I would just wait it out...in a week or two he should go back to normal! :)

Alayna - posted on 11/07/2012

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my baby girl is eating 8 oz every 4 hrs! We just started giving her cereal as well. I would try to feed him more and give him cereal at his last feeding before bed. My baby girl still gets up one time through the night. I wouldn't put cereal in the bottle I would just give him a little bit in a bowl and spoon feed him since that is what I do with my baby girl.

Kaska - posted on 11/06/2012

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Maku -Baby food does not necessarily mean baby will sleep through the whole night. Giving rice cereal after a bottle of milk reduced waking ups. He eats at 7-8 pm and next feed goes at around 2-3 am, then 6-7 am. Some babies will sleep right through some babies won't. some babies sleep through the night right from the beginning even though being BF and some will only at around 2yo. I met a mom whose 9 month old is waking up every 2 hrs at night even tho he is on solids. On average - yes cereal before night makes them sleep longer. Do not put it into bottle though, prepare it separately. First milk, then cereal. After that you can offer some more milk and if bubba is hungry he/she will eat as well. If not then not :)

Latoya - posted on 11/06/2012

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My son is 14 weeks and he eats about 6 1/2 oz of enfamil every 3-3.5 hours. He just started sleeping through the night last week when I began to give him a little bit of Gerber Oatmeal at night. Now I usually have to wake him up in the morning so we can get going to work and daycare. I heard on the news that there were concerns of high levels of arsonic in white rice so that's why I went with the oatmeal. My doctor also said until 4 months but I always have introduced cereal at 3 months with my other children. I will wait until 4 months before going to baby food though.

Kaska - posted on 11/04/2012

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I already started my son on solids. we were told it takes a while for a baby to learn to eat off spoon. So we figured to start earlier so by the time he is 4 months he will understand. Funny thing - he got it on day one :) On day 2 he was like a little piranha. Now he is 17 weeks and is getting one serving of either apple or veggies in the afternoon and a serving of rice cereal in the evening. That goes with milk of course. Last night he ate 150 ml of milk plus 2 table spoons of cereal. Result? He ate it at 7 pm and only woke up to eat at 3 am. As he ate so much milk as well I am not worried he is hungry. Also cereal is prepared with his formula so this is additional milk. You just need to try with your baby and see how he/she reacts.

Maku - posted on 11/04/2012

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my son is 18 weeks he wakes me up 3 time in the nhigt so should i i feed my baby food

Ashley Nicole - posted on 11/03/2012

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my twin girls are 13 in a half weeks old.the girls doctor told me when they do that it means they are not getting full on just the milk. so i started giving them cereal and now i have moved on to putting baby food in the bottle with one scoop of milk and 3 baby food. start with bananas because its not as bad on the stomach as the other food is. my girls sleep all day and all night now that i have started them on that.bz it fills them up longer.

Janie - posted on 11/03/2012

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My son is 14 weeks old he is eating 4oz of formula. He sleeps at 10:00 pm wakes up at 5:00am, by that time I'm awake. I do feed him cereal 1 tbs, 4x day (rice) done it with all my kids.

McKinney - posted on 11/02/2012

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I've read recently that doctors don't actually suggest the cereal in the bottle anymore. Choking hazard and some other negative outcomes....potential for obesity etc. Probably going through a growth spurt? Often they snack more often, it's probably a phase and should change in a week or two. Solids aren't recommended until at least 4 months. Hang in there, momma!

Stephanie - posted on 10/31/2012

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Thanks for all the suggestions and support! We have changed to a faster flow nipple and that seems to have helped a bit. We just went on a road trip to meet Henry's great-grand parents. 14 hours one way. Since then his schedule has been crazy and will probably take a bit to get him back on track. I have decided to just go with the flow and not worry too much about it. His next dr. appt is less than a month away and I will pick the doctor's brain then about ways to encourage sleeping through the night.

Maku - posted on 10/31/2012

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my son is 18 weeks old he drink formula milk about 5 or 6 oz every 3 hour even during night .my advise try hungry babe formula milk

Sheli - posted on 10/30/2012

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My little one has been taking 1.5 tablespoons cereal with her nighttime bottle since 11 weeks ( at my doctor's suggestion). She is almost 14 weeks now.

She does usually sleep through the night now and takes 6 oz (give or take an once) five times a day. If your doctor is alright with it, I would suggest cereal. We use Gerber baby oatmeal. I read the rice can cause constipation. IDK about you guys, but one day with no poops gives us an extremely angry kiddo. So we didnt want risk plugging her up. She does great with it. Also, Danielle makes a good point, Medium flow nipples may help you. Hope this helps hun.

Raksha - posted on 10/30/2012

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hi my son he is 15 weeks old and he is breastfed as well as bottlefed.my worry is that he does not take his feed properly since his birth.whenever he comes to me he sleeps within 5-6 minutes and every 4 to 5 hour i give him 4 oz milk. he just finishes up to 2 oz sometimes 3 oz. i never seen him crying for feed. i told this thing to doctor they said whenever he will feel himself hungry he will let u know don't force him to give him feed.so u don't worry for his feed he must be ok with 2 oz feed. take care

Lanell - posted on 10/30/2012

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My son is 4 months as of yesterday and we had a Dr. visit yesterday and I just asked her about his feeding times and how they've increased I feel like my son eats every 2 hours! I am nursing him and occasionally he will drink about 3oz formula (gerber good start) mainly if we go anywhere. She advised me to introduce the whole grain rice baby cereal(not the single grain rice cereal) and only feed him once a day. She also said to use the serving amount on the box and make sure it's still soupy for him to digest and use a small spoon and bowl. I started yesterday! But be sure to check with your baby's dr. being that he his just 12 weeks. His doctor didn't want me to feed him anything other than the breast milk and formula because it has everything in it. They seem to not want us to feed our baby's cereal or baby food yet until they're six months. I believe they are trying to look out for their little digestive system :) But honestly, I don't think that he could wait that long! We'll see how he does with the cereal! Best wishes!

Kelsie - posted on 10/27/2012

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Forgot to add.....at 12 weeks personally I do not think it would be abnormal for your son to be wanting 2-3 oz every 2 hours or so. I DEFINITELY would NOT give him cereal, I think he is too young. Most pediatricians will say 4 months would be the earliest to begin giving a baby cereal and doing so by adding it to their bottle is not usually safe. If they can't have it via spoon, then they are too young.

Kelsie - posted on 10/27/2012

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My son is 13 weeks and we just switched to the "medium" flow nipples and as of 1 week ago he is fully transitioned to formula only. He drinks a 6 oz bottle about every 3 hours. He definitely loves to eat, but he does "usually" sleep for 6-7 hours straight during the night and gets up around 4 or 5 am to eat again and then sleeps until about 8 or 8:30.

Jacqui - posted on 10/27/2012

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Does ur little boy take a soother? My little man is 14 weeks & I breast fed him, on demand, until he was 11weeks. He just needed to satisfy his sucking reflex, & the soother settled him until he was due his next feed, & by waiting he was then hungry enough to take his proper bottle. He is now taking 3x7oz bottles & 1x9oz bottle at 10pm & sleeps till 8am. All in a few weeks, & I definitely believe it was the soother made the difference. I hope this helps, good luck ;-) xo.

Jen - posted on 10/26/2012

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My son is 3 and a half months - for the last few weeks he's been taking about 6 ozs of formula every four hours. I make sure he eats around 7:30 and than again at 11 before I go to bed. He was sleeping right through until 7 am but recently started waking up, would eat a bit and go right back down....he just wanted to suck and knowing that he eats plenty in the day I'm not worried he's starving - when he gets up at 7 he doesn't want to eat right away either. I started giving him his soother and rocking him for a couple nights, than I started just going in, giving him his soother and leaving. He now will wake and goes back to sleep a couple mins later on his own.

Kaska - posted on 10/25/2012

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Growth spurt. There is one at 11-12 weeks. And then another hits and this one is apparently the worst one. It is due to the length as it can start in 14th week and goes up to 19 weeks. I just noticed my son is on that dreadful one as well. It is not too bad since we are fully on the formula now. During this particular one babies learn a lots, more than usual - eg. sequence of things - like if I hit a ball it will bounce. Also that things do not stop exist after disappearing from sight. Very good book explaining all growth spurts one by one is The wonder weeks. http://www.thewonderweeks.com/ I bought it on kindle for $10 US, but you can also buy only the chapter you are interested in. Good luck to us all now :)

BTW changing teat on the bottle help, we had to go for the fastest flow - 6 mnths +. However he was eating beautifully until this spurt. And we are back on the good old ways of eating at the most every 3 hrs - and we were already on the nice routine of 4 hrs during the day and only 1 feed in the middle of the night... Oh well.

User - posted on 10/25/2012

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at 3 months my kiddo hit a growth spurt and started getting hungrier and he woke up once in the middle of the night for a few nights (he's been sleeping through the night since 2 1/2 months so this was something out of the normal for us. At 12 weeks we started feeding him 5 oz between 5 and 6 times a day. I asked the doctor about solids and putting some rice cereal in the bottle and she advised against it saying that it didn't guarantee longer sleep times. The actually suggested cluster feeding at night which we did. I would feed him the normal 5 oz before bathtime and then right before bed give him another bottle of 3 oz and let him eat as much as he wanted. Sometimes he would take it all and sometimes he would only have an ounce, but at least he went to bed full. Once we started that we were able to get him to sleep 8-9 hours straight. Good luck with your little one!

DeeDee - posted on 10/25/2012

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Stephanie,

I feel your pain!!! My daughter, Harper is 15 weeks old. She had been eating about 2 1/2 - 3oz every 3 hours (breast milk) now she seems to be wanting more. I have been supplementing w/ formula for her feeding before bed time to ensure she is getting enough. The past few nights...she has been eating 4oz!! I thought this would help her sleep through the night....I was wrong!! She goes to bed between 8-9pm.....and wakes between 2-3am. I nurse her and she goes right back to bed. I asked our pediatrician about putting rice cereal in her bottle and he was strongly against this. He stated her GI tract (bowels) are too immature to handle anything solid....even cereal. He stated he would not introduce cereal until 6 months. I have spoken to several of my "mom" friends....and only 1 introduced cereal at 4 months.

I'm a new mom...I don't have a lot of advice :) other than to hang in there!!

Danielle Kimberly - posted on 10/25/2012

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I also thought of something else if you haven't already done it. At 3 months, the nipple size of the bottle needs to changed from a slow flow to a medium flow. He could be sucking too hard and getting tired, therefore seems hungry more often. It can depend on the brand of bottle you use, but double check on the bottle packaging and see what ages they recommend to change the nipple size,.

Danielle Kimberly - posted on 10/24/2012

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My LO did the exact same thing. She is now 15 weeks and is eating every 1-3 hours now, she is very unpredictable and usually cannot eat too much at once. I tried burping her every ounce (I was told that maybe she was taking in too much air and this was bothering her while she fed) but she would just scream in hunger until I started feeding her again, I find it tough to go out and do things cause I never know when she will be hungry again. I am lucky because she does sleep through the night. Im sorry I cannot be of much help to you. I have tried to get her on a feeding routine, but I cannot force anything. There must be a reason they do this and hopefully for you it's just a phase. I am very weary of feeding them rice cereal yet. Since he isn't eating a ton at once, I wouldn't give him rice cereal unless you talk to your doctor. He is only eating 2 oz at a time and rice cereal will fill him up. If he eats less often because he is full on the rice cereal and not eating as much formula, he might not get all the nutrition he needs. Good luck!

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