L.S. asks from Lincoln, NE on August 04, 2007
I had a question..my baby is about 4 months old and at daycare she says he eats alot..I usually give her three 4 oz bottles of breastmilk then a container that has 4 ounces of formula in it and he eats all that. Tonight we went out and had a babysitter and she said he drank 9 ounces at once. Is this too much for him..he never spit it back up or anything. My question I guess is am I just not feeding him enough? He gets fussy alot when I have him home with me. We started today feeding him cereal but that didnt' work out so well. I am a new mom and I feel like books and the internet are no help in the matter.
So What Happened?™
Well I am going to up the bottle to 5 1/2 6 oz and see what happens..I bought a new pump a week ago and now I am able to pump more breast milk out. I just didn't want to be overfeeding him I guess because my daycare provider always seems so surprised to see him eat 6 or 7 oz of milk at a time so I never make a bottle that has that much in it. I weighed him a couple of weeks ago and he weighed in at 13.4 he was 6.11 when born. He feeds on me about every 2 hours when I am home with him. sometimes he goes 3 or 4 hours. He usually is on me for 30 mins or longer. Sometimes though I feel as if I am empty and when he is eating he squirms like he isn't getting anything and starts crying. He sleeps 10 or 11 hours usually at night. I put him down about 9ish and he usually wakes up about 7ish the next morning. I usually feed him from me at night and it doesnt take much and he is out. I gather he is getting around 30 oz a day or more. But since I cannot measure when he eats from me Im not exactly sure. Anyway I will try giving him more and see what happens.
C.D. answers from Cedar Rapids on August 06, 2007
Sometimes it takes a while for babies to get use to cereal. Don't give up on it. I know doctors say its bad but when my daughter was 3 weeks old I started her on cereal. Formula just didn't keep her full enough. I fed it to her right out of a spoon and about a week later she was doing really good on cereal and sleeping all night long. I think some babie just have bigger appitites them others. I say feed him when he's hungary. Maybe he gets fussy because he's hungary. Well I wish you luck being a new mom is one of the hardest things I ever did. Its wonderful at the same time though.
L.B. answers from Sioux Falls on August 05, 2007
It has been my experience that they know what they need to eat. I did the opposite, and over fed mine, which take only one time, and got the whole bottle thrown back up on me. Its not a fun experience. But this should help you know if you are over feeding him, if he spits up way too much milk, its too much milk. lol Good Luck!
N.L. answers from Omaha on August 06, 2007
I have an 8 month old daughter and we went through some similar things. He might be going through a growth spurt. I think at 4 months I began to slowly increase my daughters bottles to 6oz. We also began feeding her cereal at 3 months. I would attempt to spoon feed her cereal a few times a week, she picked it up quickly. We are first time parents also. I was paranoid about overfeeding but the amount she wanted varied. So I say try to increase the amount being fed, he will let you know when he is full.
L.B. answers from Hickory on August 05, 2007
I have two kids and I did the 'feed them if they are hungry' method. So they were eating 6-8 oz per feeding by about 4 months but every child is different. Trust your instincts. If she is fussy she is letting you know that she needs something. Some times its hard to figure out what that is and if nothing else is wrong see if she wants a bottle. Infants don't eat like adults do, they'll eat when they are hungry and if they aren't hungry they won't eat :)
A.S. answers from Boise on August 05, 2007
Believe it or not, babies most often know when to stop eating. Bottles are a hard determinate because they are not you. Your body and the baby will talk to eachother feeding wise. When he needs more , your body should produce more, when he needs less it will produce less. The best bet is to check with your ped.
S.R. answers from Boise on August 05, 2007
Babies don't overeat. They only eat until they are full. If he is fussy chances are you are not feeding him enough. Make a larger bottle and see if he eats it all. He may eat more at some feedings and less at others, but it sounds like he is not getting enough to eat. If you are still concerned after trying this always call your pediatrician for more guidance. I may have drove my pediatrician crazy but I relied heavily on her advice. I hope this helps. I have two of my own. They are now 4 and 2. Goodluck!
D.C. answers from Grand Forks on August 05, 2007
I personally feel you need to feed your baby more. I am the type of mother that when my kids were babies they were not on a schedule. I was a stay at home mom. The cereal I started at 1 month old also. I would spoon feed her that. If she is eating that much with others you should take the hint that she is hungary and if she is happy when she is with them and fussy with you. Ya she needs to eat! I would recomend moving her up to at least 6-10 oz. How often does she eat? If she eats at least every 2 hours with you and less with others ya that is a sign also.
The best of luck to you.
N.P. answers from Billings on August 05, 2007
I had the same problem with my baby. She was born big and was fussy quite often. I found what worked for me is if she completely empties her bottle and was immediately fussy then she wanted more. I would added 2 more ounces on her next bottle and she usually drank the little extra she needed until she was statisfied. By time she was 4 months old she was drinking 6 to 7 ounces at a time. Good luck!!
C.M. answers from Pocatello on August 06, 2007
My advice (for what you pay for it) is to feed your baby more. They will let you know when they are full. He could just be going through a growth spurt and need the extra food. Is he less cranky when he eats more? I used to make 6-8 oz. bottles (I didn't nurse long) and if my girls didn't finish the bottle I would just put it in the refrigerator and warm it up later when they needed one. My girls were not very fussy babies. Just go with what you feel is right and ask your ped. I hope this helps a little.