HELP!!! sHES FIVE DAYS OLD AND ALWAYS HUNGRY????

Jenn - posted on 09/24/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My baby girl is 5 days old and in nicu, she waas eating 30-35 ml every 4 hrs...since bringing her home today tho she has been eating almost 50 ml the firth time, then the nextt feeding abut 4 hrs later i stopped her at 35 mls..but now its only bout 2 hrs later and i have to feed her again...i dony know if i should feed her more mls or simply more often:s Id appeciate ne help plzzzz...thx:)

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Let her eat on demand at this age - just formula, she doesn't need anything else. My son was breastfed, but he wanted to eat constantly when he was that little, too. The only concern would reflux. Sometimes babies want to eat constantly because it relieves the pain from reflux in their throat. If she seems uncomfortable or is spitting up a lot, it might be worth asking her doctor. Congrats on your new baby!

Helen - posted on 09/24/2009

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try getting her in a rutine every two or three hrs. (which ever would work best) feed her until shes content my duaghter ate 6 bottles a day every 2 hrs when she was younger i no it sounds bad but if she started getting fussing before it was time to feed i did everything to calm her then when nothing would work i would feed her shes now 9 mos. and eat 3 times daily the same time every day its easier on the both of us but it took alot of help and support to get here

Autumn - posted on 09/24/2009

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Yeah, you might not want to yet. They told me not to either, but both of mine were stil hungry so I did. Good luck with it all though!

Jenn - posted on 09/24/2009

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thx i dont think i will put cereal uin her bottles they said NOOTHING but formula but i am gonna start letting eat as much as she wants...keep the answer comin:)

Autumn - posted on 09/24/2009

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When my boys were this small, I let them eat as much as they wanted each time as long as it didn't make them sick. If it made them sick I would cut back a little and see how that worked. When they were about a week old they were eating every three or four hours. But, I did start putting rice cereal in their bottles when they were like a week old and that helped a lot. It helped them rest better and helped with spitting up too. Hope that helped!

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