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I'm a first time mom and have thus far tried to stay away from too many books, the internet, and what not on baby advise. Sometimes too much information is too overwhealming and stressfull. But I was getting a little bit worried that my baby wasnt eating enough. She will be 3months old the first week in June. She was 5 weeks early (5lbs 5oz's at birth and checked in at her 2month apt at 10lbs 7oz now) however and I know that being 5 weeks early sets her back developmentally a bit. She has been formula fed for the last 2 months. She only eats approx. 3oz at a time every 3-4 hrs. At night she can go 4-5hrs before waking. She has been gaining weight and seems very happy but sometimes I can hear her little tummy growl and gurgle before, during, and after feeding like she is starving! But she is done at 3oz. Have done some looking around and read people talking about 5 and 6 oz's at 3 months! Called nurse hotline for my Dr's office and they seem ok with it.....is there ANYONE else out there whos 3month old ISNT eating the recomended 5-6oz that seems to be the standard in the books?
I'm wondering the same as well for my soon to be 2-month old. SHe's still only eating 2oz right now with an occasional 3 oz. After she drinks her 2 oz, she does cry for a minute or two but I soothe her to sleep. I am afraid of overfeeding her. I think my little girl will only be eating 3 oz at 3 months like your's as well. If the Dr says it's ok, then I'm ok with it.
My maddoxs tummy did not growl, that i remember, she may be getting tired from eating, have you tried a medium flow nipple, i found that with tucker, our newborn he at less with the slower nipples, ad more with the medium flow nipples, what bottles are you using, she may also be swallowing too much air, but like the dr.says as long as she is wetting diapers and gaining weight she should be fine, but i do however know how you feel, like i said before our first preemie who was only 27 weeks only ever at up to 5 oz, until he was about 12 mos, then that when he started increasing his feedings
Hi, i am a first time mom of twins born at 34wks, they weighed 4.2 pounds & 3.15 Pounds. They are 4 1/2 months now and they are just now eating three & half to four Oz.. they only ate two and half oz until they turn 3 months. My husband and i were worried about that, but the Dr. told us not to worry as long as they are gainging weight they are fine. they currently weigh 14 1/2 pounds now and they are barely finishing 4 Oz.. I hope this little information is of any help.
I've just now (last few days) switched to the medium flow nipples and she seems to eat a lil bit faster, but not more. She still spits up a bit (but she has always spit up, we had and still have tummy issues from time to time) We went thru all kinds of bottles (spent a lot of money on the expensive bottles) and finally settled on the playtex drop-ins. Mostly because of the nipple options. She really likes the yellowish soft plastic nipples (similer to the ones they used in the NICU) and I still have a bunch of those little bottles and nipples from the hospital and she really likes those, you know the cheapie 3oz plastic ones...so we go back in forth. It's just nerve racking to read and hear about ALL this formula these babys are eating and I feel like she totaly accompished something if she eats 3 1/2 to 4 oz! LOL. I just dont want to be doing something wrong or missing something I SHOULD be doing.
Hi, my baby is 4 months old. And he is drinking only 4 oz. Some times he don't even finish it all. But the doctor says is ok. He is gaining weight.
Thank you to all the moms who replied! Makes me feel better that there are others out there with small eaters
I will try to put you at ease. My son was born through induction 6 days late. He was 8lbs 12oz at birth and 22 inches long. He has been breast and formula fed from day one. He was switched over to only formula when he was 6 weeks old. He is now 11 weeks old and weighs close to 13 lbs, he is also over 25 inches long. He is a "snacker". He will eat different amounts everyday. Sometimes he will eat 1 oz every hour, other times he eats 5 oz in one sitting, but mostly he will eat 2-3 oz per feeding which is basically ever hour. He was sleeping for 6 hours straight but recently has gone backwards and is only sleeping for 2-4 hours straight at night. His belly also gurgles and growls. I was told by his doctor that it is normal for his belly to growl and gurgle b/c his belly is adjusting to processing formula, a substance he has never had to digest before now. I think the charts that tell you how much your baby should eat are just guides. If every baby was the same then the process of getting no sleep, worrying, and experiencing all the changes that your baby goes through would be absolutely no fun. We would all know what to do all the time as new parents and boy that would just suck all the fun out of being a new mommy learning as you go. :)
I would not worry. Let her eat what she wants. Just like we know when we are full I think babies know when they have had enough.
Hope this helps.
sweetie I hope this helps you...our baby is 11 weeks old now and I am finally get more then every three hours
I am not a first time mom I have a 20 year old as well along with several other children in the family.. I have a sister and brother that are 9 and ten now too hahaha I know aunt and uncle are younger hahaha so I do know what I am doing and absolutely every baby is different so dont freak out :) as long as they are gaining weight like they should all is good.. however there are things that can help..
Anyway our baby right now was a preemie... she ended up ok but had blood in her stool.was cranky and colic ..need less to say after a couple of ER trips and then seeing the top gastrologist there is in Chicago at children's memorial hospital... things are great now...no more colic no more bleeding just a spoiled baby :)... piont blank form the head guy..DR.the guru...before we where using avent bottles and from his mouth... I hate those things... they are fine if there are no problems at all with your baby...but as far as helping when there is...they do nothing.. he told us to only and I mean only use platex insert or use DR Browns bottles...he swears by both..but likes Dr browns a little bit better. well we listened and gave her the DR browns because I did not want to fool with bags...she is now eating faster and eating more plus she is not colic any more....now keep in mind he also put her on similac alimentum which stopped the blood in the stool and could have also helped...but I swear within two days of the switch she was a different baby.. I also used the skinny tall bottles and not the short fat one...she seemed to suck more air in with the fat one... with the tall ones she can get her mouth around the nipple and eats faster...it cut feeding time in half..really..plus now she is eating 5 oz a time and is sleeping 2x's 6 hours at night...thank GOD Finally
either was keep in mind only use one kind of bottle for now...do not go back an forth between kinds.. it confuses them and when they are colic or fussy you do not need to add to it even a little.. only use the platex nothing else if that is working at all... but think about trying the browns...sssssoooo much better in my book :)
I saw this post and felt compelled to respond. My daughter (now 2 1/2) was the worst when it came to average guidelines for everything - eating, her birthweight (5 lbs 10oz - and she was on time), her percentiles on the growth charts, and I was constantly stressed. I was so annoyed when I saw these super chubby babies down their bottles that were double what my daughter drank. At every check up I would bring it up with my doctor and he always told me so long and she doesn't drastically drop where she is on the growth couldn'thart and she grows at an even rate for her, there is nothing to worry about. Of course, like the neurotic Mommy I was, it made me feel just ok and not 100% better. I wanted my baby to just eat like other babies and I wouldn't worry. Well...she never did, even to this day and honestly I have one of the healthiest kids out of my many friends. She's been sick the lest, she was alking at 10 months and speaking paragraphs when other toddlers spoke just a few words. I guess I had to come to the realization I couldn't have it easy in every aspect - it just wouldn't have been fair to the other Mama's ;). I should have listened to my daughter and doctor and I would have had a lot better sleep at night and anxiety over her well-being instead of constantly trying to get her to consume more food when she really didn't want or NEED it. Now I have a week old son and guess what - he doesn't like to eat too much either - but this time I know better and know h's a o k =). I hope you get some peace and not worry too much. She is perfectly fine!
My little girl was 3 weeks early and didn't double her birth weight until 5 months (she was 6lb 7oz at birth and weighed 13lb 4 oz at a 5 month weight check), and she still at 6 months will not eat more than 6 oz at a sitting (and she just graduated to this from 4 oz). So I say as long as shes happy and healthy who cares how much she eats or about the stupid percentiles, everyones child is different.
I totally agree with the mom's that are saying as long as your baby seems healthy and happy, you should be happy! I have learned too that every child is different and what may be normal or average is not normal for every baby! My son is 17 months and is still considered underweight, but he is above average on his height. I think sometimes they think we should force-feed our children. Like my doctor told me as long as they are gaining weight and wetting diapers there is no need to worry! He also stated that with the obesity rate so high I should feel good that we don't have that issue! I now also have a little girl who is almost 3 months. She like her brother is not average with her weight. However, she eats well about 4 ozs. every 2-3 hours and she doulbed her birth weight already. So, once again as long as she is happy and healthy there is no need to worry!
Hi, my baby is 3 months old.and she is drinking 4oz. Youbshould not worry as long as he is gaining weight.
I'm going through the same thing too! my son is 12 weeks this thursday, still not finishing his bottle.
their are days where he only drinks 2 oz every 2 hrs then he'll go to 4 oz at times. i tried to give him more formula but he seems to push the bottle out with his toung and falls asleep.