Feeding formula fed 3 week old

Andrea - posted on 11/17/2010 ( 43 moms have responded )

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I'm a new mom. My baby is only threee weeks old. He is 9lbs 12 oz so he is a big boy. hes formula fed and the dr said to feed him 2 oz every three to four hours but hes hungry every two. i dont wnat to leave my baby hungry or starve him so i called the dr and he siad i could feed him more, but then he spit it up every where so he said i could feed him every two hours but he still seems hungry and it mkaes it very hard to get thru the night. How much do yall feed your babies? any advice?

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Heather - posted on 11/19/2010

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At 3 weeks my son was still breastfeeding, but even at about 1 month when I switched to formula, he was only eating about 3-4 oz. It depends on the baby though. If he is spitting up a lot, try feeding him the first two oz then burp him, then feed the next 1-2oz. I know that my son is and was really gassy, and if I didnt make him slow down or stop and burp, I would wear his entire bottle in vomit form! Good luck!

Venessa - posted on 11/19/2010

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Honestly my son only had plain formula for about 2 weeks before I started mixing in cereal. when he was about a month old that wasn't enough, so he started baby food, but he didn't like it so I went to cooking all of my meals with no salt and begin feeding him table food. Sounds like you should start tryin to give him at least 2 bottles a day with cereal in it...prefereably one in the morning and one at night before bed. Maybe that will help him sleep better. and also for night times, I used Johnson & Johnson Bedtime bath set...it has the baby wash, lotion and oil. It works wonders. But don't use it if your baby is allergic to lavendar or chamomille. I hope this helps.

Sarah - posted on 11/19/2010

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I don't remember how much formula my 3 week old son drank, because that was over a year ago. I'm thinking it was probably arounde 2-3oz every 3 hours or something. My son was on the smaller side & didn't drink a whole lot at first. A lot of the time it's just trial & error to see how much is a good amount for him. Some days he'll drink less & sometimes more. There were days when I'd make 4oz & he'd only drink 2oz. The next day I'd make him 2oz & he'd cry for more. It'll take a little bit to recognize his hunger cues & to find a right amount for him at this age. I'd say go with your instincts & if he acts hungry just go ahead & feed him a little more. :)

Joanne - posted on 11/18/2010

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i have got 4 kids your baby should be fod (feeding on demand ) are u feeding him with a slow flow teat if he s taking it too quick that can cause him to have posits small spit ups u can also buy a thicker milk for hungrier babies but they usually get constipated with it but that can be solved by giving sips of cool boiled water are u sure he s still hugary babies will still seek even if there not my babie is 2 months and still only has 3 or 4 ounces every 3 hours good luck xx

Jacqueline - posted on 11/18/2010

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Feed that baby whenever hes hungry...always go with your instincts! :)

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A - posted on 10/07/2012

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I've gone with the guidelines set on the box for my daughter, it says I can give her up to 4oz at 2 weeks+. She was never satisfied with the breast sometimes feeding for 2-3 hours at a time. Also she lost a lot of her birth weight in the first 5 days so it was my decision that formula would be better for her. Try gradually giving more by using thr ready made cartons instead of the powder, :opefully this helps

Lacey - posted on 11/22/2010

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My daughter did the same thing. She was on formula before we left the hospital due to her losing more then 10% of her body weight. I was told to feed her until she stopped but usually ended with her spitting up as well. I believe it's pretty common especially with formula fed babies and in the end she tapered off and started eating a little less. I don't believe you should limit your baby on how much you are feeding him. He will let you know when he's done. Stick with it and it will get better :)

Nicole - posted on 11/22/2010

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my 6 week old sometimes drinks as much as 6 oz. of formula, and sometimes as little as 3 oz. She was never satisfied with breast milk and was nursing every 30-60 mins in the day. My doctor recommended formula after a month old and shes been sleeping much better. Its good to keep in mind that appetite will increase with a growth spurt, which happens every month for babies. So if baby is hungry, its better to just let them eat!...Oh, and also, breast milk will digest within an hour so baby will seem hungrier when strictly breast fed. Good luck

Iysha - posted on 11/21/2010

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ok, My daughter was a preemie and when she was 7lbs, she would eat 2oz overy 3 hours! You should try this....take his weight in pounds, multiply by 2.5 and it should give you the amount of formula he should be taking in a 24 hr period. Your boy is about 10lbs...always round it to the nearest half pound.

10X2.5=25oz so, it would be safe to do 3 oz every 2 hours. for a total of 24oz give or take an ounce.

I used this formula until my baby was on solids completely.

Joanne - posted on 11/21/2010

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aww katy u know your daughter so well its lovely i think with abbie being in special care we are just starting to get to know each other now im so tempted to give her something to eat but im scared too in case i get wrong off doctors x

Katy - posted on 11/21/2010

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First of all I'm pretty much a 'stay at home most of the time' kind of mom. I have a two yr old daughter and my second will be three months in two days. Myra was 6lb 6oz. I am conciderd on the small side. I was told that if Myra was still hungry after i nursed, because of milk supply, to give her formula. She drank a regular of 1oz every two hr, then 1 and a half around 2 weeks, at 5 weeks she was drinking 3-4 evry 3 hrs. And she did spit up a few times for many different reasons but shes a baby what can ya excpect? Half way through the bottle or she let go (which ever was first) was when i'd burp her and turn her, just like nursing. I feed on demand with Myra, I tried to pump so my husband could spend time with her, I stopped the pumping cause it was messing up the way my body was telling me when my kid would be hungry again(our bodies are very close) We have a bassniett in our room on my side of the bed, so night time feedings are easy, and she sleeps well, 5-6 hr on good nights. I feed her about a tsp of gerber cereal with about 1 oz of formula and a large baby spoon of gerber 1st step foods, pears and sweet potatoes is all I've given her so far (we started about a week ago) once a day. Like when I can tell shes starting to eat more offten in less hrs. It fills her up enough till my milk can come in again. I could tell shes ready for the spoon because she is so interested when i'm eating, she gets quiet and watches me make it, she puts her bottom jaw out and her head slightly tilts back while her eyes stay on the spoon in my hand. She knows this is a way of getting tasty-tummy-filling-whatever-it-is. She hasnt spit up from it since we started. Although the first two or three days she was constipated and gasy. When she smells food cooking her mouth gets watery and she sucks on her fist, shes just starting to put her shirt or blanket to her mouth to feel and taste and that helps my realize she wants something to eat or drink. With Madi I too gave her some water in a bottle for her to drink between feedings.

Tiffany - posted on 11/20/2010

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Oh also I forgot to add that with my daughter we use Dr. Browns bottles...they help with stopping the baby from getting gas from all the air...they're more work to clean, but my daughter does great on them.

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try burping between each ounce, and feed him as much as he needs. when he turns his head away or starts pushing the milk out of his mouth, or just doesnt suck anymore, those are signs hes done.

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he might be having a problem with gas. when a child has gas, it makes them feel hungry, try burping more when feeding, and feed him when hes hungry, he might have a sensitive stomach too, sounds like it might be more than just hunger, maybe its the cow based formula? try soy, it might fix the upset.

Tiffany - posted on 11/19/2010

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I breastfed and supplemented with formula after...I never only gave 2 ozs...my daughter started at 4 ozs. I would try feeding your son 4 ozs every 3 hours, and maybe that will help him to stop spitting up. If he is hungry, feed him. In the next few months though, be sure to get him on a schedule because you will be glad you did later on. Hang in there, it does get easier. =)

Kymberly - posted on 11/19/2010

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my daughter was the same way but she would spit up at EVERY feeding even if it was only 2 oz...so I switched her to Similac RS which is lactose free and she NEVER spit up again. She's 14 months now and is on Lactaid (also lactose free) because she has an allergy to regular cows milk. Just go with your instict :D no one know's better than mommy!

Liz - posted on 11/18/2010

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Personally I don't believe in feeding the child only the minimum of what the dr says. Maybe gradually increase it so he gets used to the increased amount? My youngest went through the same thing, but it turned out he has a milk allergy so now that he's on a special formula all is getting better now.

Andrea - posted on 11/18/2010

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the dr had me change to soy formula because my husband was allergic to milk as a baby and i had to be on soy as a baby. ive been feeding 3 oz today and he went two hours the first time and 3 the next time and its been 2 hours now and hes still napping

Stifler's - posted on 11/18/2010

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yeah i agree with ashley b don't be concerned if he doesn't sleep through the night yet. they start to sleep for longer periods in a few more weeks like my kid would sleep for 6 hours in a row and wake up 4 hours later and then feed every 3 hours during the day. changing formulas is a vicious cycle, every time something happens you blame the formula and change. definitely ask your doctor for suggestions before changing.

Cristi - posted on 11/18/2010

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with my last child he was eatting 5ozs every 3-4hrs by the time he was a month old. He was eatting 8ozs when he was only 2 1/2 months old some said it was too much and it would just make him fat but he is now a year old and 20lbs which is noraml. Feed him whatever he wants befor spitting up it is normal for babies to spit up and you may think about changing the formula. They have special formula for babies who spit up alot. All of my children could not have the regular formula they were on special formula. Just do what you mommy gut tells you and he will be just fine.

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i say 2-3 oz every 2 hrs is good he is less likely to spit up and all that good stuff... dont expect feeing him more will help get thru the night he is only 3 weeks old just got to wait till he sleeps thru the night no feeding schedule will change that.

Andrea - posted on 11/18/2010

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I have just tried starting him on 3 oz. he ate 2 ohurs ago and was hungry again so we will see how long he will go this time. I tried to burp him well but hes a hard baby to burp. so far he has only spit up a tiny bit.

Tina - posted on 11/18/2010

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also he will suck on his hand or motion his mouth and try to suck on differ things telling me hes hungry also he will be cranky he will also push away when he dont want it and just wants sumthin in his mouth so i give him a pacifier even though i hate them to sooth him down and eventually he falls asleep

Tina - posted on 11/18/2010

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my baby is the same way but feed him till hes not hungry no more i was told to feed my children when they were born 2oz every 2-3 hrs and i did then he was always hungry so i fed him 4oz every 2-3 hrs i did that for sum time hes now 5mnths old my youngest and ive been feeding him 6oz every 3hrs i dont know if this will help any but i hope so if hes hungry give it to him and mine also does the same spitting it all up but hey at least hes not going to be cranky and hungry he also sleeps better

Nicole - posted on 11/18/2010

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I also agree with trying a new formula. I use Similac myself and my baby only spits up a little unless she has trouble burping. Also some babies are just hungrier. If I have a hungry baby I start Pablum, made very thin with formula, at about two or three months old. Right now my 5 week old will drink anywhere from 2-5 oz a feeding. If you are unsure of your doctors advice, get a second opinion.

Nicole - posted on 11/18/2010

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If your baby is acting hungry but spitting it all up you could try giving him a little bit of water (boiled and cooled of course) Demand feeding is good for breast fed babies, but formula is different as it is higher in protein. I lived in a hot apartment with my first baby and she got thirsty for water in between feedings. Use you instinct. If you are sure he cant be hungry try a pacifier. If he still wants a bottle, then try a little water. Good luck :)

Jackie - posted on 11/18/2010

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He either may be spewing because he over ate or her may be allergic to the formula. You may want to try a soy or predigested formula, but check with your doc first.

Stifler's - posted on 11/18/2010

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i suppose so hey when they start to get bored of drinking or look like.. ugh whatever! you know it's time to put the plug lol

Andrea - posted on 11/18/2010

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so if he is still sucking and looking for the nipple when hes done eating, then he needs more formula?

Tabby - posted on 11/18/2010

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My daughter used to stick out her tounge and suck on her fist when she was starting to get hungry,

Stifler's - posted on 11/18/2010

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my kid used to chew his fists when he was hungry and make sucking motions

Andrea - posted on 11/18/2010

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ive gone from feeding him oz to feeding him 2.5 oz. i might try 3 oz tomarow. but how can i tell if hes still hungry after ive fed him?

Stifler's - posted on 11/18/2010

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it helps to keep him upright on your shoulder for half an hour after a feed too and make sure he's burped really well before you put him down.

Kiera - posted on 11/18/2010

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i do not know oz we go in mls but is he on a dummy he might just want to suck but he is not that hungry. or u could try feeding him less each feed and feed him every 2 or 3 hrs its hard i know. but u have pleantly of time to get to know your baby and what works for uboth. drs dont always know whats best. i went to see my dr i thought i post natal depression . but i wa just bloody tired my secong\d was notsleeping more than an hr at a time for 8 mths he suggested letting her sleep with me so i did not have to get up to her. that is no help and shes now nearly 3 and i have her sleepling all but 2 or 3 wakes during the night i know its not as it should be but i can survive off that. i guess what i am trying to sayis dont stress he is obvisouly not starving u will be fine.

Andrea - posted on 11/18/2010

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im scared to feed him too much. last week i gave him 3.5 ounces and i dont think i burped him well. then i layed him down and he spit up almmost everything. it came spewing out and i freaked out! this mom thing is so hard

Catherine - posted on 11/17/2010

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I don't understand why your doctor will tell you to only feed him 2 oz. of formula every 3 to 4 hours thats why your having a hard time I dont care what any doctor says when he's hungry feed him he's throwing it up because he's not use to that much his belly is just small try feeding him then burping him every oz if he still wants more feed him alittle more just don't go pass 4 oz in two hours unless he's keeping it down and still wants more.Babies have a tendency of getting collic til they are three months old so he might b having that problem to.All three of my kids couldnt eat that little when they were newborns and my doctor told me to put a tsp. of baby cereal single grain in there bottles and it would fill them up so they wouldnt over eat and it worked well they seemed alot calmer and they slept better. They are growing up just fine. My kids ate about 4 oz evey 2 to 3 hours at that age then I fed them more as they grew and were hungry more, hang in there b fore you know it youll get the hang of it and know how much your baby can eat and he will have a full happy belly.

Stifler's - posted on 11/17/2010

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This is perfectly normal. Just feed him a bit less every 2 hours than you would every 3 or the spitting up will get worse.

Andrea - posted on 11/17/2010

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Thank you guys for the advice! I know I will be up all night with him tonight so I will try to feed him when hes hungry. i hate watching him cry becaues hes hungry and it wasnt time to feed him yet. I hope this works. thanks guys!

Kayla - posted on 11/17/2010

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When my son was 3 weeks I was giving him 3 oz. but he would be hungry again after an hour. So I started giving him 4 oz. and he started sleeping longer. He is now 6 weeks and is drinking 4 oz. every 4 hours. At night he sleeps 5 to 6 hours. I think you should feed him when he is hungry. He will let you know when he is done. Spitting up is normal but this is what I do and it helps. I will give my son 2 oz. then stop and burp him then give him the rest and burp him again. Just listen to your instincts because they are probably right.

Sarh - posted on 11/17/2010

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WHAT?! Only 2oz per 3-4hrs?!!?!? SERIOUSLY?! That is insane! Feed your son when he wants and as much as he wants!! He is a big baby and needs all the food (formula) that he wants!!!! He will let you know when he is no longer hungry (by no longer sucking). You may have to feed him a little bit every hour to 2hrs, or he might have spit up all over because he could have been really hungry and might have been being a piggy boy and over ate. Once he realizes that he can have as much formula as he is hungry for he will stop gorging himself!
My advice is to feed him when he wants to be fed and as much as he wants. I NEVER gave either of my 2 children just 2oz every 3-4hrs. A newborn normally eats every hour to 2 hrs!! Never 3-4hrs. I would honestly switch pediatricians. My daughter was 9lbs 13.5oz at birth and even her pediatrician told me to feed her on demand because she was a bigger baby. She will be 5 in Jan and is about 65lbs (weight almost a yr ago!) and 4feet tall.
My son was born 8lbs 12.5oz and is now 5 months and 20lbs!

Tabby - posted on 11/17/2010

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I started my daughter on formula when she was 2 weeks old. I breastfed at night but during the day I stuck with formula. I gave my daughter 3 oz at first but when I realized she was still hungry I started feeding her 4 oz at a time (she ate every 3 hours). She spit up sometimes but I think that's normal for babies. You could try switching formula. My daughter was on Good Start at first but it was making her vomit so I switched her to Similiac Sensitive Systems and she did great. Like I said some spitting up but no vomiting or discomfort.

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