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19/03/2014 at 16:24
19/03/2014 at 16:30
Sorry to hear its been tough for you both. What does he weigh now? When O was little he was hungry and always took more bottles than the packet said, then I read the NHS guidance which is 150-200mls per kilo and he was drinking in that range rather than the packet range
19/03/2014 at 17:33
Thanks Noodle08, that's useful :-) He's 5.3 kg which i think means he's still having more than he 'should', although my maths is dodgy so I might be wrong .
19/03/2014 at 19:16
What's his weight gain like now penny? Tbh I'd go with it. As much as you haven't read a manual, neither has he. What's your HV like, would it be worth a quick phone call to them?
19/03/2014 at 19:35
I'd go with it too although maybe check with your hv if you're still a bit concerned. S sometimes goes through hungry phases and I've always put it down to growth spurts. He tends to want more from each bottle but still goes 3-4hrs (he's older though). I just give him an extra ounce then after a few days, I find he's not finishing his bottle so I go back to offering less. You might find your S does settle eventually but is just making up for the time when his feeding wasn't much fun.
Glad to hear the milk is helping him though :)
19/03/2014 at 19:40
How many oz is he having in each bottle? Personally I would just go with it, if he wants it and isnt being sick he obviously needs it
19/03/2014 at 21:23
His weight gain is amazing now - 23oz in the last two weeks! But he had previously only been gaining 1oz per week.
My HV said to just keep feeding him. But I don't want to keep doing it if he's only really looking for comfort not food. Popcorn I had wondered about it being a growth spurt, and according to the wonder weeks he's in a leap now, but this has been going on for 2 weeks now. I might try adding an extra ounce though, that's a good idea. He's currently having 6oz per bottle but I might try him on 7oz for a while.
I feel silly for being concerned that he wants so much milk, but it's just so strange to me, given that he screamed and refused anything more than 2oz per feed from birth . I'm just not used to it. But it's lovely to see him growing at last :-)
19/03/2014 at 22:20
It must be weird, I calculate on the NHS website he is only 150mls over so 5oz, that's not massive! I would be tempted like popcorn says to up his bottles to 7oz and see if that makes a difference to him, he may go longer between feeds so you will cut a bottle out that way.
20/03/2014 at 12:58
I would say that your baby hasn't been reading any manuals or the backs of packets so go with what he wants. If you were BF you wouldn't see how much it was and you would just keep feeding whenever the baby demanded. And if he wasn't gaining much before because he was being so sick he's got to make up for lost time.
20/03/2014 at 16:13
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