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Old Jul 18th, 2013, 08:49 AM   1
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Advice for feeding v. hungry but sleepy newborn


My son is 8 days old. He is a very hungry baby but he is taking an hour over his bottle (3-4oz) or else he falls asleep after an ounce. Our midwife suggested going up to size 2 teets (tommee tippee) which we did do a few days ago. It's helped a little but still having the same problem. Do you think he's too young for the free flow teets? I remember I used them for my daughter but I think she was older. Thanks for any advice, we are hardly getting anytime between feeds so I can't get anything done and also have a 2 year old to look after! X



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Old Jul 18th, 2013, 10:09 AM   2
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Is it possible you're just expecting him to eat more than he wants? 3-4 oz is actually quite a lot for such a small tummy. That's what my daughter was eating at about 12 weeks! I know just after birth, I was told to only give about 30-60 ml per feed (so that's 1-2 oz) unless she wanted more. Feeding little and often (every 1-3 hours) is usually the best way to go. If he's otherwise thriving and gaining weight, I'd just go by his feeding cues. If he's hungry, he'll wake up. Otherwise, I wouldn't try to get him to eat more than he wants. I also wouldn't try the larger size teats. Sometimes that can make the milk come out too fast for them and especially if he's very sleepy while feeding, he might be more likely to aspirate or choke on the milk. A truly hungry baby won't usually fall asleep while eating. The fact he's sleeping at the end of a feed is a good sign he's being satiated (assuming he's otherwise healthy and growing).



 
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Old Jul 18th, 2013, 11:05 AM   3
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My LO is 11 weeks and often only eats 4oz in one go!



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Old Jul 18th, 2013, 11:37 AM   4
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I'm not giving him more than he wants. That's what he wants. The midwife knows how much he is on and says that every baby is different and this is ok. My daughter was different she only wanted 1-2oz at that age but this baby is wanting more. I know his feeding cues and he is settled otherwise. For example this morning he took 1 ounce then fell asleep for half an hour then woke up rooting and sucking his fingers and then he took another ounce then fell asleep then woke up 20 minutes later and took another ounce. So it's just sitting feeding all the time and he does need and want the 3-4 oz it just seems to be taking him a long time to drink it. The midwife told me he shouldn't be taking longer than half an hour over his feed. Again every baby is different and my baby was overdue too so please don't compare my baby's feeding needs to your baby. I know this because his feeding needs are completely different to my daughters



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Old Jul 18th, 2013, 15:17 PM   5
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No advice but just wanted to say to OP - My baby is 5 weeks old and has 4-5oz. She was big at birth (11.9!) but still you obviously know your baby and I guess just wanted to say some babies do take more than others earlier!! No advice but hope you find a solution!! I have a 3yr old too as i can imagine the constant feeding routine is driving you nuts! Its so hard as soon as you sort one hold out the other needs feeding/changing/playing with etc!

Good luck!!



 
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Old Jul 19th, 2013, 01:42 AM   6
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I had this problem while breastfeeding and what helped me was to strip the baby down to a diaper, no blanket (to let her get a little chilly), turn the lights up nice and bright and to talk to her loudly while feeding. Pretty much to make her just uncomfortable enough that she doesn't drift off due to being all warm and snuggled in the perfect sleeping atmosphere. One of the doctors in the hospital recommended it and it got her to feed for a little longer before she'd fall asleep. I still have to use that tactic every now and then even now that she's mostly bottle fed. A couple times per feed (whether breast or bottle feeding), I also stop her, burp her, stand up and bounce her a little before letting her have the rest. It usually wakes her right back up if she's starting to fall asleep plus it helps quite a bit with her tummy. It's at least worth a try. Good luck



 
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Old Jul 19th, 2013, 02:45 AM   7
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I had this problem while breastfeeding and what helped me was to strip the baby down to a diaper, no blanket (to let her get a little chilly), turn the lights up nice and bright and to talk to her loudly while feeding. Pretty much to make her just uncomfortable enough that she doesn't drift off due to being all warm and snuggled in the perfect sleeping atmosphere. One of the doctors in the hospital recommended it and it got her to feed for a little longer before she'd fall asleep. I still have to use that tactic every now and then even now that she's mostly bottle fed. A couple times per feed (whether breast or bottle feeding), I also stop her, burp her, stand up and bounce her a little before letting her have the rest. It usually wakes her right back up if she's starting to fall asleep plus it helps quite a bit with her tummy. It's at least worth a try. Good luck
Thanks. That's really great advice. He probably is too cosy and warm when we are feeding him and quite often we feed him in the dark at night. I'll maybe put on the bedside lamp now and take off his clothes,
thanks again :-)



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Old Jul 19th, 2013, 04:15 AM   8
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^^Good advice!

I wonder if he's cluster feeding? My LO was breastfed at that age so I'm not sure how it works with bottles, or he could be comfort sucking? Or maybe you just have a very hungry but lazy baby!

I had a similar problem with my LO when I switched him to formula at 8 weeks (and still do occasionally) - he'd only eat enough to take the edge off his hunger, fall asleep and then wake ten mins later hungry again. It did get better with time but was very frustrating!



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Old Jul 19th, 2013, 04:37 AM   9
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I'd say they take what they need when they need it if he falls asleep he's obviously full and content and will wake when he's hungry again, (sometimes in 1 hour others in 3 hours). I've always fed on demand exactly how you do if breastfeeding so they take just what they want x



 
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Old Jul 19th, 2013, 04:40 AM   10
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Hi!
I had a sleepy baby too!! Midwives told me to strip her off & hold her away from your body so she doesnt get too comfy.



 
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