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Fussy with daytime milk but waking for a night feed - help!

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Chocolateyclaire76 Tue 14-May-13 13:04:01

My 6 month old daughter dropped her night feed about a month ago and was being offered 4 x 240ml bottles throughout the day. She'd usually finish a couple and then leave between 30-60ml of the other. Over the past week though she has started waking up in the middle of the night and won't settle so we offered her a bottle - she ended up drinking 3/4 of it. She still won't settle even after that though! My problem is that after 210ml at 3am she then will hardly touch her 7am bottle which I delayed until 7.30am as I though she may fuss. She had 100ml and then when it came to 11am she really fussed and after much squirming she drank 180ml. I'm now worried that once again she'll wake in the night but I don't know how to reverse this. I'm gradually introducing solids too but so far she's not really taking much on board.

nostress Tue 14-May-13 13:18:30

Shes at an age for solids (&hungry). Don't go back to nighttime feeds because you will make a rod for your own back. She may prefer milk (one of mine did) but try and get her up to 3 solid feeds during day and no milk at night! Offer cooled boiled water just in case she thirsty.

Wheresmycaffeinedrip Tue 14-May-13 13:21:45

If she's not settling after a bottle then she's crying for another reason. Don't just feed her because its the easiest quickest way. If she was hungry shed have no problem with the bottles in the morning. Is she in solids? Could something be upsetting her? Perhaps she's thirsty have you tried offering water?

Chocolateyclaire76 Tue 14-May-13 13:47:28

She's always been a very bad sleeper but recently she's been waking anywhere between 2.30 and 4am every night and not settling at all. It took us 2 hrs to calm her last night and that was after the bottle. I haven't tried the water so will do that tonight if it happens again (which it will!!). She may be teething but she seems ok during the day. She already has 2 teeth and was pretty grouchy with them. I really don't want her to get used to a bottle at night but take today, for example, since 7am she has only drank 280ml compared to the 480ml that she was offered so I'm sure she will end up being hungry at night. Should I still only offer water? I'm trying to get her to eat solids but she's not really wanting much at the moment as it's only day 4 of it.

Wheresmycaffeinedrip Tue 14-May-13 13:50:52

If she's this unsettled drop the solids and concentrate on getting more milk down her in the day. Will she take a dummy? has dhe got a blankey ir teddy for comfort. try some calpol at night if you think it could be teeth. dont upset ger with solids if shes a bit off at the moment. Start again when she's a bit happier.

Chocolateyclaire76 Tue 14-May-13 14:01:06

She will take a dummy but sucks it pops out all the time. I try and use it only for emergencies! She's got a teddy that she holds onto but she just gets completely worked up when left alone in her cot regardless of what she has with her. We tried calpol last night and it didn't make a difference. She's fine at bedtime but she has to be rocked for her naps before she is put down. I think I won't rush the solids for the next couple of days and see how she goes.

nostress Tue 14-May-13 14:09:09

How is she in the day time? Will she settle alone?

beckslovestimmy Tue 14-May-13 16:04:41

My little girl was off her bottles for a few days and I was worried as she was down about 13oz of her normal 32oz after 3-4days she improved and after a week was back up to her normal amount, I think she had a cold so was just feeling under the weather, I fed her at night for the 3-4 days she was fussy but she didn't really want it but once she got her oz back up she went back to sleeping through again.smile

Chocolateyclaire76 Tue 14-May-13 20:06:55

Nostress - she doesn't settle well in the day at all. Up until this week I've had to walk her in the pram as she would just scream and scream and scream all through her nap time if I tried the cot. I've recently bought a lullabies CD and now play that, rock her and use a dummy - I know this are all crutches to rely on but it means that she'll go down in her cot. She usually wakes after 30 mins though and screams herself more and more awake so I have to repeat the same thing! She's massively hyper and really doesn't relax well at all!

minipie Tue 14-May-13 20:55:03

sounds like overtiredness - especially the short naps and not resettling at night - and possibly a bit of teething too. DD was a lot like this last week. i'd try calpol at night and pram for the naps (3hrs sleep a day) for a few days and see if that helps. that's what I did last week and DD sleeps much better now.

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