N.H. asks from Omaha, NE on March 04, 2008
2 Month Old Eating Issues
Here's my problem. My two month old daughter has been bottle fed from day 1. For the past two months, she has had the same bottles, and no switch in formula. She is a little piggie:0) and gulps the whole thing burping in between about 4-4 1/2 oz. total. About a week ago she stopped eating all her bottle. I'd stop to burp her at about 2 oz. and she would refuse to eat anymore. She cries and screams and won't have it. So this is what I've tried: Gas drops, gripe water, tummy soother. I've tried faster flow nipples, gone back to slower flow. Making sure she's in a nice quiet place. Warmer milk, cooler milk. I feel like I'm losing a battle here. She's starting to get to the point where she's not eating enough. She's about 12 pounds so she should be eating about 30 oz. She eats about 25 on a good day. So not a bunch under, but enough to make me worry. I'm just wondering if anyone has had a similar issue and what you did. I just don't know what could have made her go from eating her bottle as well as she did to fighting me at meal time. Could use some good suggestions. Thanks
K.B. answers from Minneapolis on March 04, 2008
My daughter was the same way. We stopped burping her 1/2 way through and just let her drink the whole bottle, or at least what she wanted to take, than we burped her.
Even now that she is 4 months old I have to make sure not to take the bottle out of her mouth til she is done or she won't take it again and when we try to give it back she just smiles at us..
25oz is nothing to worry about. My daghter was 10lbs 4oz when she was born. They say they will drink 2 1/2 times their weight in ounces, but my daugter never did. She is now 4 months old and 16 lbs, so dont worry about your daughter....
N.T. answers from Sioux Falls on March 06, 2008
Hi, I don't want to alarm you, but if she continues to scream and fuss when it comes to taking a bottle and it progressively gets worse you may want to consider the type of formula that she is on. She may have an intolerance for milk and may need a special type of formula.
I think you have received good responses, though, too.
T.T. answers from Green Bay on March 06, 2008
With my other two children I have found that they eat when and how much their bodies tell them too. As long as it is within reason, let her eat as her body dictates. Next tink you know she will completely change up on you and start eating more than recommended. Kids just do that.
If she starts to lose weight, or show a decrease in physical activity or vigor call the doctor. Otherwise she should be just fine.
Congratulations on your new baby!
K.H. answers from Milwaukee on March 05, 2008
It has been my experience that kiddos will go through cycles of eating more and less all the time. I've seen it on a regular basis for 7 years now.
It's important to make sure that she's still having good, wet diapers. That's how you know if she's getting adequate food.
I also agree with K.; I would stop burping half way through and just let her eat until she stops on her own for a burp.
If she stops eating altogether, I would suggest contacting her pediatrician.
E.T. answers from Rochester on March 06, 2008
As long as she is gaining weight you don't need to worry about how much she is eating. When our daughter was 4 months she was only eating 3 to 4 oz bottles. Sometimes she would only eat 2 oz at a time. Both of my nieces had been taking 6-7 oz bottles when they were that age. I started to panic but when I asked our doctor about it he said we didn't need to worry as long as she was gaining weight. Now at 7 months she is finally starting to take between 6-9 oz at a time.