So my little man is a big fella, nearly 10 pound at 3 weeks old! He loves his bottle of Cow and Gate first milk and takes about 4-5 ounces 3-4 hourly. The last few days though he is struggling to get it into him quick enough and seems hungry sooner, needed a 'nibbler' bottle at about 2 hours a couple of times a day this week.
So i changed the teats to size 2 newborn, he had had the size 1. He's a little better but still struggling to get the bottle in quick enough...so much so he can nearly hold his own bottle already!!
So i bought a 500ml carton of the ready made hungry baby cow and gate today and though it says suitable for new born i'm a bit worried he's still too young to move him up a food level. Is it ok to give him it?????
Personally i'd just give him more oz and/or more frequent feeds of the first milk at that age. Hungry baby milk makes them feel fuller for longer but is no better nutritionally than first milk. I think it's intended more to delay weaning later
I thought it was designed so that at each feed, they took less. But that it didn't make them go longer between feeds/make them feel fuller for longer. I am also pretty sure its for babies who are 4m ish and not yet ready for weaning and are regularly draining 7 and 8oz bottles and not being satisfied.
I don't think hb milk is going to solve your problems hun. Babies feed a lot and very regularly, esp if they are having a growth spurt. I would feed every 3 hours regardless of whether he is asking for it, that way he won't be starving marvin at the beginning of each feed. Also experiment with a number 3 teat. and maybe up to 5 or 6 ounces each offering.
Giving just HB will mean he is taking less ounces in total. Which also leans less vitamins in total x
Hungry baby milk is really designed for babies who are draining 8/9oz bottles every couple of hours in order to delay weaning. It's supposed to help them go longer between feeds.
Your LO sounds like he is taking a nice amount - Fran was on 5oz bottles every 3-4hrs at 3 weeks old. They have a bit of a growth spurt around 3 weeks old too so that is most likely why he is wanting a bit extra at the moment.
Feed on demand and up the amount if needed hun - you can't overfeed him, he will spit up if he drinks too much xx
Hey, just a quick question from the US-- We don't have "hungry baby" formulations here but is it similar to our "AR" formulas that are slightly thickened with rice? Prethickened that is, not by the mom?
I would feed baby more & try and hold off hungry baby. Ava was draining her bottle & taking what i thought was an excessive amount of formula but after 4 weeks of this she's finally settled down. She was 5 weeks on friday. Also hungry baby is prone to making babies a bit bunged up so if there have been previous problems with constipation it's not recommended.
Thanks for all the advice, I did change to the hungrier baby formula last week because it said 'suitable from newborn' and he's doing fine on it. He's still taking about 5oz every 3-4 hours. He's not constipated at all, not colicky or spitting up, he gets his burpy wind up easily but the only thing is he's doing alot of very loud farts sometimes causing discomfort....does anyone know is this normal for a 4 week old or could it be related to his food??
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