11/02/2014 at 16:19
Bert is nearly 6 months and currently having 5 feeds a day of formula 200ml per feed. As well as two 'solid' feeds of baby rice/fruit in the morning and a veg puree in the afternoon. After pretty much every bottle he cries, it looks like its pure disappointment that its over - its only ever for a minute or so, but it just makes me laugh - me and his dad both love our food, so we can sympathise with him - it IS disappointing when your food ends. I just wondered if anyone else has experienced this? We wind him half way through and at the end of each feed, and he always brings up his wind well, so I'm pretty sure he's not in pain.
11/02/2014 at 20:07
My 2week old is like this with some of her feeds. Am thinking maybe I'll up her by an oz soon. Maybe you could give him an extra snack in the day? X
12/02/2014 at 15:45
Are you on the regular or 'hungry baby' formula?... Try switching if you're still on the regular
12/02/2014 at 18:34
He's just on the normal formula - i did wonder about the hungry baby one, but am worried about over feeding? Im anxious to ensure he's not overweight as I was an over weight/over fed child and have struggled with my weight for years.
12/02/2014 at 19:17
Think u just have to watch out for constipation with that milk but I don't think over feeding would b a problem x
12/02/2014 at 20:27
Mine were the same and have always guzzled their milk really quickly!! They've both been through phases of crying when their bottles finish.
If it's only for a minute or so then I wouldn't worry, he'll soon get used to it and when he's having slightly bigger meals he'll be full. Or if you're worried he's still hungry you could also give him an oz or two of cows milk?
13/02/2014 at 11:02
Don't forget that babies love the comfort of suckling, so he might be crying because he is missing the sucking as opposed to the actual milk. The debate on dummies is huge and everyone will have their own opinion ( and there is no right or wrong answer) but I gave Annabel one as she just loves to suckle. She was breastfed but wouldn't go to sleep unless she was suckling, so even after a breadt fed she would just lie with her mouth over my breast. I basically had to swap the breast for a dummy, which I still do now after her bottle feeds at night.
However, you say it only lasts a few moments so I wouldn't worry as long as he not inconsolable or distressed. You are not over feeding him, he needs about 800ml to 1000ml a day which he will naturally reduce once he takes more solids.
14/02/2014 at 13:27
Hi Ladies, thanks for all your advice and perspectives! He isn't too upset and the crying doesn't last long at all, so I'm not too worried about it - just wondered if other's experienced the same thing. I do give him a dummy as I think you're right Nicola, he just likes the comfort of suckling. I might give the hungry baby formula if I feel like he really needs it, but for now we'll just carry on as we are. Greedy little monkey! xxx
14/02/2014 at 14:18
I think you need to be careful with Hungry milk as I'm not sure that it has any actual health benefits, I would talk to your HV before starting it. I think the evidence base behind it is limited and it is marketed by the formula companies but whether or not is is actually recommended or advised by the health care professionals, I’m not too sure about.
14/02/2014 at 14:37
Just found this passage from the Health Care Professional guide to formula written by Unicef in 2010 (so not that long ago)
Milks that say they are “for hungrier babies” There is no evidence that babies settle better or sleep longer if given these milks. They are based on the curd of cow’s milk and take your baby longer to digest than first milks.They are not recommended for young babies.
These are also sold as being suitable for use from birth, but they are aimed at parents whose babies are ‘hungrier’. Although the proportions of the macronutrients (fat, carbohydrate, protein, etc.) are the same as is found in whey–dominant formula, more of the protein present is in the form of casein (20:80). For this reason they are not recommended for young babies. The higher casein content causes large, relatively indigestible curds to form in the stomach and is intended to make the baby feel full for longer. However, there is no evidence that babies settle better or sleep longer if given these milks (Taitz 1989, Thorkelsson 1994)
Just thought it was interesting that these products actually have no scientific bases.
18/02/2014 at 09:21
Oooh thanks Nicola - really interesting reading. I'm definitely not going to use the hungry milk - he's doing fine on the milk he's used to. I'm wary of messing him around with his milk - as he is so settled and I don't want to mess with his digestion etc. He's sleeping well too so I don't want to change anything.
It's wrong really that they sell it giving parents the false pretence that their children will suddenly be full up and sleep! Grr!
18/02/2014 at 21:04
I agree with Nicola, I'd imagine he is sad because the comfort he gets from the suckling has ended. Enjoy the extra cuddles you get from soothing him. It doesn't last for long xx
19/02/2014 at 10:59
I'm absolutely trying to make the post of every second - I keep reminding myself not to sweat the small stuff (like housework etc) and just give my all to him without feeling guilty about everything else - I will only get this time with him once. It's going so fast already. xx
19/02/2014 at 11:18
Ahh housework oh when is that cleaning fairy going to visit me!! I forever wish for a cleaner
22/02/2014 at 20:17
Omg - how good would a cleaner be? If we ever came into some money that would be the first thing I'd do - hire a regular cleaner - my mum has one and I'm pretty jealous! hehe x
23/02/2014 at 09:19
24/02/2014 at 10:16
Hi Nicola - I think you absolutely did the right thing in getting a cleaner - and you shouldn't feeling embarrassed about it. It makes your life drastically happier, and probably has saved lots of rows about who does the most/least around the house - you shouldn't need to justify anything - I'm a firm believer that if you can enhance your happiness and make your life easier in any way possible then we should - my grandad was a very wise man and he used to say "life isn't a rehearsal" I try hard to live my life by that - enjoy every moment & try to not sweat the small stuff. xxx
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