Need advice on feeds - Am I feeding Evie too much?

Discussion in 'Formula Feeding' started by Mynx, Dec 12, 2009.

  1. Mynx

    Mynx Mum of 2 Gorgeous Girls!!

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    Hey girls....

    Evie is just over 3 weeks old and has been pretty much consistantly taking 4oz of Aptamil around every 3-4 hours and yesterday and today has been really fussing and wanting a feed after an hour and a half or 2 hours... she only takes a couple of oz. then will sleep for a 3 hours, drain a 4oz bottle, sleep for an hour and then start fussing for another feed! I can usually drag it out for another hour or so as she'll keep dozing off. Should I start giving her 5 oz. with her feeds? She doesnt always drain a 4 oz feed, but it's getting more frequent compared with a couple of days ago. Is she going thru a growth spurt? If so, will she still be as hungry after or will she revert back to her previous feeding pattern?
    One other question... she really sleeps alot! I know I shouldnt really complain but I do worry that she might be sleeping too much.. she dozes off towards the end of her feeds and then will often stay asleep, even if I change her bum and will only really wake up for feeds lol! She was starting to get a little more active but has been really sleepy since getting fussy with her feeds. Is this part of a growth spurt?

    Thanks ladies.. it's been so long since I did it last time that I've pretty much forgotten the whole feeding malarky, and besides, the guidelines have all changed since then too lol!

    Gaaahh!!!
     
  2. mummytobe

    mummytobe 2 little girls

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    Hey, havent really got an answer to your question but my LO sounds like that atm, shes 3 weeks today, normally has 4oz but yest i started to give 5oz, she sometimes drinks all of it and other times she sticks to her 4oz but has more frequent feeds, maybe they are having a growth spurt ? Offer her 5oz and see what happens?! x
     
  3. faille

    faille Mummy & WTT

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    If her feeds and sleep have both increased then it sounds like a growth spurt.

    When she starts fussing and only takes a couple of oz's are you sure it's hunger and not just comfort sucking? Have you tried a dummy first?

    I also increased Violets milk by an oz once she was regulary draining her bottles (say 4 or 5 bottles out of 6 a day).

    Their feeding and sleeping patterns tend to change a lot when they're this young - as soon as you think you've got their routine sussed, they'll change it! So try to go with the flow once she's finished the growth spurt - you might find she doesn't want as much again or her feeding times might have changed.
     
  4. cazza1982

    cazza1982 Mum to a cheeky monkey!

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    Sounds like the little lady is having a growth spurt. I usually just give my LO food when he wants it whilst going through this phase as he usually reverts back to normal in about a week or so.

    Mine is having a major growth spurt at the moment....I am feeding him 6oz nearly every 2 hours at the minute! I am sure he will calm down soon though.

    xxx
     

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