Hungry baby

Nichole - posted on 11/17/2009 ( 67 moms have responded )

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I have a 2 1/2 month old. He was 7 pound 5 ounces at birth. At his 2 month checkup he weighed 13 pounds. He is always hungry. By 2 months he was eating 5-6 ounces every 2-4 hours. The doctor encouraged me not to feed him sooner than 3 hours apart. Well he is now screaming (literally to the point of turning red) for a bottle after as little as 1 1/2 hours....yes I try rocking, walking, holding, singing, changing his diaper, pacificer (even dipped in sugar water)...none calms him. He only becomes calm when given his bottle. If I do what the doctor says I make him wait, when given the bottle he sucks all 6 ounces down in no time flat (as if he is starving). Any advice? Any ideas on what could be wrong, because this is not normal? He has a doctors appointment tomorrow.

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Jamie - posted on 11/20/2009

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First of all how many 1 year olds are out there that are only 18lbs on average?! That's the craziest thing I have ever heard! My son was born at 6lbs and 5oz and at his 2 month check up weighed 12lbs! Our pediatrician showed us a chart of our sons growth and he is in the 50% range for all babies his age! Proving that the weight gain is normal!
Second please don't worry about child obesity. Just like grown ups the more often a baby eats the faster his metabolism will become and not to mention the lack of exercise he is getting now due to the fact that he is not yet walking or crawling or anything.
The best advice I have is ask your doc if you can add cereal to your bottles. Then baby will eat less and feel fuller for longer.

I hope this helps :)

Rachel - posted on 11/17/2009

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I would stress to your doctor (or the doctor's nurse over the phone) how much your baby is crying between feedings. He may suggest trying a different formula or starting rice cereal. My doctor had me start cereal when my son was 3.5 months old b/c he was nursing every 2 hours. He was big too. And kids are suppose to double their weight by 6 months and triple it in a year. Some are faster and some are slower. Your doctor may not be getting how extreme it is. Also, your baby may just be going through a growth spurt and may need more formula now and not as much later. Keep offering other comforts before feeding so your son doesn't equate food w/ comfort.

At his age he may just need to cry. Sometimes babies just need to cry. If you're at your wits end try putting him in his crib for a minute so you can calm down. Its hard, I know but if you can collect yourself you may be better able to calm him while he's waiting to eat. Try any type of motion to soothe him too (bouncers, swings, etc). Call your doctor if it keeps being so hard, he's there to help.

Connie - posted on 11/17/2009

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WOW! Becareful with the sugar water - sugar increases insulin the body which in turn makes you feel more hungry - I wouldn't suggest you keep that going.



A baby should double their weight in the first year, not in the first 2 1/2 months. Going to your doctor is a smart thing - be careful of child obesity. If your doctor doesn't give you direct answers, I would see a specialist. Specifically, a Gastroenterologists and see what he/she thinks.

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Quoting Connie:

WOW! Becareful with the sugar water - sugar increases insulin the body which in turn makes you feel more hungry - I wouldn't suggest you keep that going.

A baby should double their weight in the first year, not in the first 2 1/2 months. Going to your doctor is a smart thing - be careful of child obesity. If your doctor doesn't give you direct answers, I would see a specialist. Specifically, a Gastroenterologists and see what he/she thinks.


' A baby should double their weight in the first year' - Im not sure where you get this from. My son was born 9lb 5 oz and at 4 months is 17lb 6oz. By the time he is one he will be way more than double his weight. Babies grow differently he may be having a growth spurt and the hungry phase may not last.



My sister in law had the same problem with her 2 week old. My son was breast fed so I never knew how much he is getting in volume so I wonder why bottle fed babies are given set amounts they are 'supposed' to eat! In the end she put her son on a special formula for hungry babies. Not sure if you have that where you live. It is thicker and takes longer to digest so keeps them fuller for longer.



Have you tried giving cooled boiled water to try to pacify him? Maybe he is thirsty.



I noticed with the warmer weather my son is waking 3 times a night instead of his usual once a night because of being thirsty, he has a quick 2 min feed and goes back to sleep.

Marilyn - posted on 11/22/2009

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if he is hungry hun, let him eat. seriously :)

My baby went through the same thing, some babies are big some small. a baby will only take what it needs. My baby was almost 9 pounds when born, and is always hungry. she is 4 months one week weighing in at 17.5 pounds. O.O
lol. just feed him. people need to not worry so much on baby weights, there babies for pete's sakes not Paris Hilton's haha, they lose a lot baby fat when they start to crawl and become more active anyways.

My doc has never told me to try and keep the feedings to a 3 hour min.
don't stress to much, your his mommy and you know whats best for him

Cheers :)

Amber - posted on 11/22/2009

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I started giving my son rice cereal when he was like 6 weeks old. try that it wont hurt him. It would hopefully fill him up for a little more time. but also doctors tell you not to give him more then what he is suppose to get. But as my grandma tells me if the baby's hungry just feed him. My doctor says that if the baby's hungry feed him. He will tell you he is full if he throws up. But try rice cereal though that should help.

Debi - posted on 11/22/2009

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I hope things are getting better for you and the baby. My son was 6 lbs 6 oz when he was born. He just turned a year in October and weighs 23 lbs 5 oz! He actually dropped a little weight because he started walking and becoming more active. Anyway, he was super hungry too and even though I was nursing, the doctor allowed me to start giving him rice cereal at 2 months, but she said not in his bottle. She said to mix it with the breastmilk (or formula) and to start feeding him with a spoon as a little snack. At 4 months, she allowed me to start baby fruits/veggies and then at 6 months, we went on to meat. It all depends on your baby. If he is still hungry, you can't starve him! I definitely would not recommend giving him sugar water as you already have discussed in the previous posts. Good luck!

Ashley - posted on 11/22/2009

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I had the same problem with my son. He even lost a lot of weight. I had to breast feed and give him thicker formula to bump his weight back up. My doctor had me put a little more formula then recommended in the bottle to help with his hunger. He still sucks down a bottle faster then I have ever seen a child. When he still wanted to eat every 2 hours I began feeding him more. I moved him up to a 6oz bottle at 2 1/2 months and he would go 4 hours before his next feeding. Good luck

Misty - posted on 11/22/2009

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try mixing a little rice cereal in his bottle with the formula and it should satisfy him a little longer

Tracie - posted on 11/22/2009

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my son was like that i nursed him strictly and by 6 months old he was 20 lbs...he did not sleep through the night til he was 10 months because he was hungry still..then once i switched him to cows milk he calmed down, dont worry to much he just maybe growing at a faster rate than other kids his age he will eventually slow down< my son is in the 80th percentile in height and weight now..he is solid but not chubby..he is just gonna be tall like daddy!

Linnaea - posted on 11/21/2009

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i know your son's DR might turn their nose up at this but start giving him rice cereal mixed with water and a little apple juice (for sweetness) it worked for my son 'cause he was the same way.

Missy - posted on 11/21/2009

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I had the same problem with my son. I feed him all the time. I thought he just wanted to suck so i tryed a pacificer which he did't care for. So I feed him when he was hungry and after a while (about 3 1/2 months) he stopped eatting like a hog. My dr did say it was ok to give him a little cereal by spoon only which I tryed and he still ate the same. Also to the person who commented below a baby does not double their birth weight in the first year. A baby should gain 1-2 lbs the first 6 months and 1 lb a month after that. Give or take some. All babies are different. My son was 7lbs 9oz at birth at 3 months 15lbs 3 oz and is now 18lbs at 5 1/2 months. The Dr said he is perfectly healthy and in the 90 percentile.I have 2 friends with son 3wks older and 4 wks younger then my son and there all with in 1/2 lb of each other. They were both under 6lbs 12oz at birth. Don't worry to much about obesity! I wish you the best!

Charlotte - posted on 11/21/2009

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I had a baby that went' through something similar! She always seemed hungry and screamed alot... Eventually my doc wisened up and told me he thinks that she has colic. Because their stomach's bug them so much, they use their sucking reflex to soothe themselves and then end up screaming more cause they are completely uncomfortable and becomes a vicious cycle... Try some gripe water or colic mixture from bennets... It might help and is worth a try.

Nikka - posted on 11/21/2009

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If he's hungry feed him, and if he's not don't. The doctors told me that I had to feed my baby every 3 hours, and I did that for the first week or two, but she got really fussy when I woke her up, and she didn't want to eat. Then the public health nurse told me not to feed her more then every 3 hours, and I couldn't stand watching her cry, knowing she was hungry. Sometimes they're just looking for comfort, and so many new moms assume that crying means hungry which isn't always the case. It sounds to me like you've got a hungry baby boy, and if he's hungry feed him. I wouldn't worry about childhood obesity yet. My daughter was 8.5 lbs when she was born, and was 12 at her 1 month check up. I feed her when she's hungry. I'd try smaller feedings more often and see how he does.

Ashling - posted on 11/21/2009

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hi there my baby is just two months nd i had the same problem.. i had him on aptimal stage 2 for hungrier babies but it didnt work so i changed him to cow nd gate stage 2 fior hungrier babies he was 7lb wen he was born he was 11lb 4oz at his 6 weeks check up 2 weeks ago.... i was adviced by my public health nurse to change his food so i did nd it was the best thing ever did u ever see the ad for cow nd gate its for happier babies i honestly believe its tru cause my baby has changed big time from cow nd gate..... hope u find a solution i no its hard ive been tru it...

Nichole - posted on 11/20/2009

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Quoting Nichole:

Hungry baby

I have a 2 1/2 month old. He was 7 pound 5 ounces at birth. At his 2 month checkup he weighed 13 pounds. He is always hungry. By 2 months he was eating 5-6 ounces every 2-4 hours. The doctor encouraged me not to feed him sooner than 3 hours apart. Well he is now screaming (literally to the point of turning red) for a bottle after as little as 1 1/2 hours....yes I try rocking, walking, holding, singing, changing his diaper, pacificer (even dipped in sugar water)...none calms him. He only becomes calm when given his bottle. If I do what the doctor says I make him wait, when given the bottle he sucks all 6 ounces down in no time flat (as if he is starving). Any advice? Any ideas on what could be wrong, because this is not normal? He has a doctors appointment tomorrow.



 I feed him 2  bottles with rice cereal, one in the morning and the evening. After his cereal bottles he goes 4-5 hours before wanting to eat again. The normal bottles he goes 3 hours. He seems alot more content and happy. He is now 14 pounds and 23 1/2 inches long.

Jen - posted on 11/20/2009

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Quoting Nichole:



Quoting Lisa:

That is true they do not need water. I had the same problem with my oldest she was 9pounds when she was born and she was already drinking 8ounces in no time. My doctor told me that she usually didnt reccomend already giving a lil one baby cereal but it would help her not eat so much. What I did so she can eat it and not choke was to put in into a bottle, I mad the mixture very very thin, I then cut a little bigger hole in the top of the nipple so the cereal can go through. They now make a bottle that you can put cereal in so you wont mess up one of your nipples. I would also suggest finding another doctor that will tell you what to do. Sounds to me like your doctor doesnt know what she or he is talking about because babies do not need water when they are that little and sugar water is really really bad for them it could lead to diabetes really early. Just go to a new doctor or see a specialist to make sure its not something to do with his little stomach. Good luck.






I did try adding cereal to his night bottle, which helped. (I added 1 TBS to a 6 ounce bottle of formula) But he stills wants to eat none stop all day long. I the same mixture in the first morning bottle and it made no difference. He still wanted to eat about 2 1/2 hours later.






when we had to add cereal to our daughter's bottle because of gurd, we did a teaspoon of cereal to every ounce of formula.  she was about 3 months old when we started that trick, and it filled her up AND she managed to keep it down!!!!

Patricia - posted on 11/20/2009

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It's very good to give a baby water though most dont like it. I rotate with my daughter- milk in the a.m. juice in the afternoon and water at night. She is now two and loves drinking water. Ask your doctor before doing this but I would consider putting a little rice cereal in his formula to fill him up more. I would hope that could sustain him till his next feeding.

Justine - posted on 11/20/2009

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Feed on demand. my son was 8lbs4oz at birth and doubled his weight by 3 months. he gained 2 lbs a month until he was 6 months, then dropped to 1 lb a month. at 10 months, hes healthy, happy, well-adjusted, and a heafty 24lbs 4 oz. if someone tries to tell you your child is or will be obese when hes only 3 months old not even, tell them to f*** off, they are just jelous your baby is so healthy and gaining so well. my doctor commends me saying i must be giving him "breastcream" instead of breastmilk. he isnt eating becasue he is bored or out of habit, hes too young for that, he is eating becasue he is hungry. trying to baby train will only set him up for bad habits down the road. you are doing great, just keep following your instincts and his cues. he will be just fine, and probably slow down once he gets moving more.

Lisa - posted on 11/20/2009

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There are a few things you can look for to see exactly what may be making you baby want to eat all the time. Babies eat for hunger and for comfort, because suckling is the only form of comfort they know at this point. If he seems to be uncomfortable, or his belly looks distented or feels hard then I would think he has some gas that isn't moving well. You may want to try burping him every couple of ounces while he's eating, or talk to his doc about switching his formula to one for sensitive tummies ( Alentium or Nutrimagen ). If he's chewing on everything and not necessarily trying to suckle, he may be an early teether. Sounds crazy, but it's not impossible. If you think he's spitting up too much and if he cries immediatly after spitting up, you may want to talk to your doc about acid reflux. A certain amount is typical for babies, but the doc may suggest keeping an eye on it to see if it is more serious than normal amounts. It may be that he is just more hungry. Try increasing the amount he eats at a time by an ounce or two. Babies should eat on demand. An adult would eat when they felt hungry and not starve themselves, why should a baby be made to wait simply because they can't get the food themselves? Some doctors take a "it's better for the parent" view on that than an "it's better for this child" view. every child is different! :) Good luck!!

Christine - posted on 11/20/2009

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If you breastfeed just let him eat or if he is bottle fed or will take a bottle just put a little water or water pumped milk or double the water like half a scoop and full water this will make him full but not as many cals but hes not eating fatty foods hes a baby he will grow as needed unless he has a prob with his digestive system he should know when he needs to eat you and your baby know best and my be get a second drs opinion if you think hes gaining to much weight then try the water but my son was 7pounds 9 ounces and he was almost 13 pounds at 2 months so I dont think you need to worry hes now 4 1/2 months and he weighs 16 1/2 pounds my dr isnt worried good luck to you and your baby

Cat - posted on 11/20/2009

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Move up to another level of formula milk or add rusks or babyrice into his bottle, doctors work from a book you know your child, do what you think is right

Stacey - posted on 11/20/2009

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hi hunni i think u need to change ur doctor. and remember no one knows your child better than u do. i have 3 beautiful children and they were all hungry babies they were never off my boob. they all went onto formula by 6 months because of this. deffo try with small sips of boiled water only an 0z or 2 at a time though as you do not want to flood his kidneys. it may be a case of thirst as well as hunger so the water will help. if not then maybe try a bit of baby rice just a couple of spoons mixed up in the lid of his bottle for breakfast and then his bottle and you may find that this will fill him up for longer. all mine had to have baby rice by 3 months just in the morning because they were so hungry and none of them are over weight. i hope this helps but just remember you know your child so just do your best i'm sure he just has a healthy appetite babes xx good luck let us all know how he gets on xxxx

Ashley - posted on 11/19/2009

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When my son was born he weighed 8 lbs 12 oz, at his 2 two month appointment he was just shy of 16 lbs. My dr told me he is healthy and to keep up everything that we're doing! Durning the day my son nurses every two hour for 20 minutes and every 6 hours at night for 30 minutes! If a baby is hungry, feed them they are too little to understand anymore than that they're hunrgy and "nothings" being done about it. I've never heard a dr. saying not to feed an infant that is crying for their bottle! I'd find a new dr. as soon as a possible!

Kim - posted on 11/19/2009

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I know exactly what u mean. Mu 2 1/12 month old is always hungry. He was 8 pound 2 at birth and now weighs 13pound 3. My doctor said this is quite normal at this stage as he is constantly growning. Sometimes he will eat every hour but at other times he can go a few. To fill him up more i use formula thickener and have found this wonderful, my doctor has also suggested to start him on cereal from 3 months. My little boy usually is breastfed but a few times a day he will have a bottle with the thickner added to fill him up more, he usually eats anywhere from 5 -7 ounces. Speak to your doctor and hopefully will have some good advice for you.. good luck and please let me know what the doc has to say as it might work for my son also..

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my mom had the same problem with my brother and that was 22 yrs ago. she was told to add rice cereal in his formula. My brother is plenty healthy and he had no problems with eating rice cereal that soon. He just ate alot and still does ,lol.Hope this helps. God Bless!

Jennifer - posted on 11/19/2009

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I never heard of not feeding your baby..I would give in to what he wants that is a normal weigh for a 2 1/2mts old. What is your Doctor thinking? my children did just fine in eating when ever they are hungry there little bodys need the nursihment. I would not be concerned about the feding part with the doctor..Thats just my opinion.--mother of two strong boys..

Jackie - posted on 11/19/2009

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That is bull crap get a new doctor. My son at his 2month check up was 14.5 pounds and 24 inches. He eats every 2 hours, sometimes every2 and half. When you feed him try making him take his time when he starts gulping real fast and breathing hard pull it away then give it right back will make him take his time. It is very normal mines a heavy gulper and makes a lot of noise when he eats. He weighed 7lbs 11 ounces. So he is right on track. Just change your dumb doctor.

Amanda - posted on 11/19/2009

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Sometimes when a babies belly hurts they think they are hungry. I would try the mylacon gas drops and then the pacifier when he starts to act like he is hungry before feeding time and see if that helps.

Nicole - posted on 11/19/2009

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hi dont worry my boy was eating 6 ounces every two to four hours by three months and by six months he would easily suck down an eight ounce bottle he never slept through the night he was so hungry i fed him cereal at the recomended time not early and just gave him bottles when he was hungry. he is now nine and is slim and healthy he was tubby ok baby tubby untill three and then just got active and lost it dont worry. if you are see a pediatric specialist they can either tell you to feed him when hes hungry or do test cut and dry no drama like your doctor is giving you. good luck

Shawnee - posted on 11/19/2009

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My baby was the same for a time period! I thought maybe it was just a growth spurt but then my Mother actually told me to make him wait longer to eat. So I did and omg it was terrible. All the constant walking and playing just to keep him distracted.... turned out that after about a week he was better at waiting longer between feedings. For my son and I it was a comfort thing. He found comfort in his bottle so when he needed comfort that was the only thing that would please him. But now I have discovered he loves to watch the puppies play, he loves to take baths and he loves to look or go outside. So I try all those things between feedings. Sometimes he takes a bath more than once a day (depending on things :-) ). And honestly, sometimes he just needs a nap..... Its so hard, every baby is different. But I agree with your doctor that you should try to push back the feedings to at least 3 hours apart. If your little man gets hooked on a bottle as comfort it may be harder when he's older to help him find comfort in anything else.



Goodluck!!

Sonya - posted on 11/19/2009

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hey there,

I know many Dr's and public heath nurses say dont give the baby anything other then breast milk or formula... but my little guys were HUNGREY babies !!

So I broke down and started them both on cereal when they were 2 months old, my first was 9lbs 8 oz, and my 2nd one was 7lbs 2 oz, and I dont feel bad for doing it, they were hungery I gave them food...

so many mom look down at us mom who "cave" and give them things when we "shouldnt"

frigit , I mean its your child you know the screaming and crying isnt good for them either,

when I made the cereal, it was in the formula and i just bit though the nippel of the bottel so they could suck it out easier, but it was only a tbs in an 8 oz bottel



I want to let you know that everyone does things differently and no parent is the same and untill ur Dr. is standing in ur home while your baby freaks out their is only sooo much he can say....

Emily - posted on 11/18/2009

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I don't know if anyone else has suggested this but have you talked to his doctor about diluting his bottle or maybe a lower calorie formula?

Nichole - posted on 11/18/2009

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Quoting Alison:


Let us know how your kiddo is doing okay? I hope everything comes out fine soon :)



The doctor tested him for several things. All came back normal. So the doctor suggested I start feeding him cereal in the morning in addition to me already feeding him it at night. He's 14 pounds now.

Alison - posted on 11/18/2009

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i asked my doctor about this also..my daughter was 9.5 at birth and she is now 7 weeks and weighs 12lbs and takes a 6 oz bottle every 3-4 hours and i thought i was over feeding her so i asked the doc if i was and they told me as long as she is hungry she can be fed you dont have to worry about over eating..they need to eat!

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My son's doctor had me start him on single grain rice cereal at 6 weeks old. He wanted me to give him 1 tablespoon per ounce at every feeding! I only gave him half of that at first but now (at 4 months) he is getting the full amount. He was eating 6 or 7 times a day with 4oz per feeding. He now eats 5 or 6 times a day. Each bottle is 4-6 to six ounces with 3 to 4 tablespoons of rice (or oatmeal) cereal mixed in.

Laura - posted on 11/18/2009

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I wonder if smaller bottles closer together would help? I don't formula feed, so I'm not exactly sure how it works, if that would even be helpful. I am of the opinion if the baby is hungry, feed them. If they gain quick, they'll plateau eventually and maybe even lose weight once they start moving around.

Angela - posted on 11/18/2009

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when my son was born he was 7 lbs and he was eating every hour hes now almost 10 months old and hes 22 lbs and is as healthy as could be I dont think u shouldnt feed your babay I think every baby is different and if eating makes him happy then let him eat!

Jade - posted on 11/18/2009

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My daughter was amost 10lbs when she was born and constantly eating (altho i breasfed so cant say the exact amount) she did feed about every 1and 1/2 hours for like 20-25 minutes at a time for the first three months. Some babies are just hungry and want to eat. My daughter is two and a half now and shes a healthy happy toddler at 32lbs

Alison - posted on 11/18/2009

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Hey, I just read your update. I know your doc is going to try and control every little thing, and something might be going on, but I would try about 3 ounces of water a day! Seriously! I have don't a lot of research on it and LOTS of doctors say it is okay to have a small amount of water even at this young, 3-4oz is recommended. Just give it a try! At this young of an age water is better than rice cereal.



Let us know how your kiddo is doing okay? I hope everything comes out fine soon :)

Alison - posted on 11/18/2009

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Have you tried water bottles? I wouldn't give more than about 4 ounces a day to start for sure, but some babies just need more liquid, especially if you are in a dry climate. Otherwise, I wouldn't listen to your doc on that one, I would feed him. But that's just me! some babies have early growth spurts and need extra food for awhile, especially if anybody in your family is tall. My family most of us are 6ft on average, so my guy has always eaten a lot more than average - but for him it is normal and I would never dream of keeping him from eating. But sometimes when he was still little, about 2-3 months, he would hit a stage where he wanted his bottle ALL the time, so I would just give him water bottles in between feedings to satisfy him. You just have to be careful that you don't let him have so much water that he ends up not getting enough nutrition!

Juanita - posted on 11/18/2009

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if he is hungry feed him..... my daughter eats alot too, i dont think it will hurt him and i know u dont wanna hear him screaming and crying

Kimberely - posted on 11/18/2009

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ive found that if youre baby is hungry, feed him. And if he is a little overweight, he'll work it off once he starts moving around. My little girl doubled her birthweight in the first 3 months but has slowed down since then. She ate every 1.5-2.5 hours on breast milk and then i switched to formula and she still at every 2-3 hours until she was almost 4 months and now she has 4-5 6oz bottles a day and some rice cereal around lunch time and shes perfectly healthy.
My sister in law followed a feeding schedule with her baby and only fed him every 3-4 hours no matter how much he screamed and then when it came time to feed him he was so gassy from crying that he would just spit up the milk she did give him and then when he was old enough to eat solids he would eat so much so fast that he got way overweight and I believe its because he wasnt just fed when he was hungry as a baby.
Im no doctor buti hope this helps

Nichole - posted on 11/18/2009

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Quoting Nichole:

Hungry baby

I have a 2 1/2 month old. He was 7 pound 5 ounces at birth. At his 2 month checkup he weighed 13 pounds. He is always hungry. By 2 months he was eating 5-6 ounces every 2-4 hours. The doctor encouraged me not to feed him sooner than 3 hours apart. Well he is now screaming (literally to the point of turning red) for a bottle after as little as 1 1/2 hours....yes I try rocking, walking, holding, singing, changing his diaper, pacificer (even dipped in sugar water)...none calms him. He only becomes calm when given his bottle. If I do what the doctor says I make him wait, when given the bottle he sucks all 6 ounces down in no time flat (as if he is starving). Any advice? Any ideas on what could be wrong, because this is not normal? He has a doctors appointment tomorrow.



Just an update for you all. He's 14 pounds now. The doctor is running a few tests but if they come back normal she wants me to start adding a small amount of cereal to the morning bottle. (just like i do for his night bottle) She says that may help fill him up.

Holly - posted on 11/18/2009

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my son was the same and I started giving him about 3 ounces before he would go to sleep. Doctors are great but only u know ur son.. He could also have a issue with not getting full.. Having the appointment is a good idea.

Sharalyn - posted on 11/18/2009

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Oh hunny! Feed your baby! Also look into Prader-Willi Syndrome If your babies appetite is as extreme as you claim the syndrome might be a possibility. Hope this helps.

Heather - posted on 11/17/2009

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We had this problem with both of our boys. They were both always hungry and ate at least every 2 hrs . we always fed them when they were hungry and have never had any problems with their weight. Jake is 7 and weighs about 75 lbs and is a very active little boy he plays sports almost all year long. Dylan is 2 and weighs about 35 lbs and im sure will follow in his big brother in to sports. I would say if your child is hungry feed him he will let you know when he is full. Good luck and enjoy!

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Quoting Connie:

WOW! Becareful with the sugar water - sugar increases insulin the body which in turn makes you feel more hungry - I wouldn't suggest you keep that going.

A baby should double their weight in the first year, not in the first 2 1/2 months. Going to your doctor is a smart thing - be careful of child obesity. If your doctor doesn't give you direct answers, I would see a specialist. Specifically, a Gastroenterologists and see what he/she thinks.


Actually Connie a baby should double their birth weight by 4 months and quadraple their birth weight by age 2.



Now concerning your son...I would suggest smaller but more frequent meals. For example instead of eight ounces at one feeding do four ounces every 1 1/2 hours-2 hours. If this does not work I would consider cereal in his bottle. It will fill him up more and you do not even need to add a lot to it. The do make "special" cereal nipples now. I started putting rice cereal in my sons' bottle at 5 weeks old becuase of his acid reflux (this was in addition to a special formula recommended to us by his pediatrician). I hope you find something that works for you and your son (that is the most important thing) and good luck! It sounds like you will have one hungry boy for many years to come. I do want to add that it is important to watch for childhood obesity but you do not have to starve your baby and start now with teaching him good eating behaviors!

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i really dont recommend making your baby wait for food; its my belief that demand feeding is the way to go. If He is hungry feed him; as for childhood obesity, my gosh he is only a few months old, babies are supposed to be chubby, it shows that theyre healthy! If you feed him when he wants it, you will find he will settle down after a while. Breast fed babies will go through stages of feeding every hour sometimes, because they're intake of milk is growing; the do this to stimulate your production; Perhaps yoiur baby is trying to do this with the bottle, maybe he needs more than the 6 ounces; just remember, babies dont follow instructions and measurements on labels, everyone is different, if he wants more, give him more. They are going through the biggest growth spurts of their little lives, they need lots of milk to assist that!
It sounds like ur doing everything you can darling, so good for you! keep up all the hard work, and good luck

Lisa - posted on 11/17/2009

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My son was breastfed from birth up until about a month ago... but up until he was about 3 months it felt like he was constantly on the breast! And he is by no means overweight now, a year later. In fact, at 15 months he's approximately 22 lbs and when he was born he was 9lbs 1 oz. It's a little scary, knowing that he wants to eat so much, but I started him on rice cereal when he was about 3 1/2 - 4 months. Just a spoonful. And he did just fine. Rice cereal is so bland and easy on their tummies, you don't have to worry about it as much as more complex foods, such as peas and carrots etc. He started getting those at about 5 1/2 - 6 months.

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My son ate a lot like that when he was young. I would suggest you feed him a little more at each feeding. He will be able to wait at least 3 hours maybe even 4. as long as he is not too far exceeding the upper limit amount of formula for his age, I wouldn't worry too much about it. My kids were about 3 or 4 mos. old when I started giving them VERY thin rice cereal (Always on a spoon, never in their bottle) I used to give to my kids a little bit in the a.m. with their first bottle. It helped to keep them fuller a little longer AND they ate a little less thru the day. Definitely NO SUGAR water. That isn't good for their appetite or their teeth. Like I said I fed my son anytime he was hungry. He is probably growing at a little faster rate than most babies. I wouldn't worry about him becoming obese just yet. To avoid this, you want to create healthy habits (that's why I said I always fed the cereal on a spoon, they have to work a little harder to get it down, so they eat less of it and it helps to foster healthier eating habits later). My son is 18 mos. old and weighs approx. 23 lbs. His is not fat or really very chubby, but he used to be a chubby little one. Once he started walking and becoming more active and mobile he thinned right out. Relax. I'm sure your baby is fine. Good luck.

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Don't give him water. By 6 weeks old my son was eating 9-10 ounces at a time, every hour. Maybe you should give him more ounces or I put 1 tbsp of cereal in every bottle. It's normal for babies with high metabolism's to eat alot and be hungry constantly.

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i was told by the health visitor to feed my daughter cooled boiled water a night cause my daughter is like your son

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