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My 15 week old wont feed during the day,only at night!!!

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mooresleepplease Thu 21-Feb-13 10:57:16

My baby is 15 weeks and is bottlefed. He only drinks between 2-4oz of milk at any feed during the day. I offer him this every 3 hours but I'm sure if I didn't he would go longer. I'm very conscious about making sure I offer enough during the day to fill up for the night!
He goes to bed at 7pm, finishes a 6oz bottle most of the time and I dream feed him at 10.30ish and he will finish another 6oz bottle. He then will wake for feeding at 1am-2am and then again at around 4-4.30am. In between he is very restless (between the hours of 1am and 5am).
At some points up until 6 weeks he could go from 10.30 til 4am, so I know he can do it! Seems to be going backwards and feeding more regularly during the night and it is beginning to take its toll!!:-(
Could it be he doesn't like his formula, so that's why by drinking in the day?help!!!!!

MrsMushroom Thu 21-Feb-13 22:45:02

I think he's very young still and they change constantly. Both mine were bottle fed and I had this with DD1.

Is he falling asleep when you feed in the day, or just losing interest?

Wheresmycaffeinedrip Thu 21-Feb-13 22:48:38

What would happen if you left it four hours? Both my dds refused to eat three hourly and are much more when left a little longer. Would it be worth leaving him an extra hour giving him a chance to get hungry. ?

MrsMushroom Thu 21-Feb-13 22:51:27

That's a good point Where'smy.

Letting the baby set it's own routine can make things easier.

Wheresmycaffeinedrip Thu 21-Feb-13 22:57:40

I found that feeding too frequently left me in a vicious snacking cycle. An oz here two oz there never happy and never hungry enough for a proper feed. Suits some babies but didn't suit mine.mine were always best left a bit longer so they actually had a decent feed and weren't fussing after an hour. And they ended up taking less milk over a 24 hr period than if I left them an extra hour and fed them. Obviously they wouldn't be left starving I wasn't mean like that they never waited for food if they were hungry. They just never were hungry enough to eat if I fed too frequently.

mooresleepplease Fri 22-Feb-13 12:16:25

He seems to have got worse with it all over the last few weeks, was feeding 4 hourly but was still doing the same, so I thought if I fed 3 hourly at least I would be getting in an extra feed (2/3 oz) a day! He seems to just loose interest during the day-maybe too much going on around him?! I thought maybe about changing his milk-strange question but do they taste different(thought maybe he doesn't enjoy it?!)

Wheresmycaffeinedrip Fri 22-Feb-13 12:50:22

Nutritionally they are all the same but they do taste different. It's just a case of finding one that agrees best with your baby. So e can take any milk others prefer to remain on a single type. Worth a try. Maybe go fur one that your friends or family are using so if he doesn't like it then you can pass it on and the money isn't wasted so much.

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