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AIB horrid to chill the dreamfeed?

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chocolatetester1 Tue 23-Oct-12 22:57:21

I give 6 week old ds a bottle dreamfeed every night. The last few nights he hasn't drunk enough so has woken unusually early. I'd like to persuade him to drink more as he used to. I've tried tickling his toes etc but to no avail. Has anyone ever chilled the dream feed? Has this worked for you? How about warming it instead? I usually give it at room temp. Any other tips you can share?
All help gratefully received.

laracroft2001 Tue 23-Oct-12 22:58:31

I used to give half, then change nappy, then give other half.

ceeveebee Tue 23-Oct-12 22:59:30

I don't think chilling is a good idea, it may upset his stomach.
When you say 'waking unusually early' how early do you mean? At that age it's normal to feed roughly every 3-4 hours if ff.

MrsCantSayAnything Tue 23-Oct-12 22:59:44

I wouldn't...it may just irritate his stomach or make him unwilling. Have you tried stroking him under the chin? That's a technique used with premature babies...other than that...I'd just get on with it as best as possible.

He might be waking earlier but they do alter their wakings and sleepings ALL the time for many more months yet.

chocolatetester1 Wed 24-Oct-12 09:03:44

Thanks for such quick replies, it hadn't occurred to me that chilling it could actually upset his stomach. It's a good job I asked!
Will try tickling under his chin tonight. I know it's early days but I think sleep deprivation and an active toddler had me wishful thinking for more sleep!

BartletForTeamGB Wed 24-Oct-12 09:57:46

Cold milk won't upset the baby's tummy! DS got EBM just out of the fridge from DH when I was out and preferred it to when it was warm.

MrsCantSayAnything Wed 24-Oct-12 10:00:55

Well now I said that despite the fact that I never warmed my DDs bottles at all but if the baby is used to warm...then it may upset his stomach. Any change for a small baby can be unsettling. x

chocolatetester1 Wed 24-Oct-12 14:58:23

Oo, Bartlett, I may go for it then! I am desperadoes after all. Will see how sleep deprived I feel at the time.

chocolatetester1 Wed 24-Oct-12 14:59:07

Bartlet with one t that is. Silly auto correct!

chocolatetester1 Wed 24-Oct-12 21:33:00

Bump, just in case anyone else has resorted to these tactics...

SarryB Wed 24-Oct-12 22:58:12

I've done this! My LO actually prefers a cold drink to a warm one, and it does help to keep him awake enough for the dreamfeed.

chocolatetester1 Thu 25-Oct-12 13:52:59

Thanks sarry, braved it last night, mixed success as he didn't drink loads more, about 4oz in total rather than 2 1/2 or so. But going to give it another go tonight. Fingers crossed ...

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