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I feel like I'm force feeding him at night. :/

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Annarose2014 Sat 31-Jan-15 10:40:12

FF 11 wks old, wakes every three hours like clockwork during the night. Thats fine, I don't mind. But what I'm perplexed by is how little he wants to drink each time lately.

I prepare 4 oz bottles but he loses interest after 2 oz, sometimes less. But I keep on going by dribs and drabs until he has most of it cos I'm worried he won't even last 3 hrs in between otherwise. This takes about half an hour.

He takes 5 oz bottles well during the day and he's a big lad so he's certainly not wasting away or anything.

Should I just not bother? Or should I persevere with trying to get more into him?

squizita Sat 31-Jan-15 11:10:42

I bf but at that age my dd sometimes took a quick one side feed at night. I worried for the same reason but she didn't seem to need more feeds, I guess she just ate more in the day.

She grew out of it at her next growth spurt.

Now she is 4 months and takes both boobs every 2-3 hr! shock No doubt this will change again.

So in my inexpert experience. .. its ok and may well pass in a few weeks.

tak1ngchances Sat 31-Jan-15 11:12:07

Maybe he's not waking for food?

ChippingInLatteLover Sat 31-Jan-15 11:13:58

Maybe he's waking out of habit, not for food, why not just cuddle him for a bit and see if he settles. You want know until you try.

Redling Sat 31-Jan-15 13:20:48

My DS goes through periods of 'snacking' and drinking much less but more often, I just go with it although it is maddening. At night he is not distracted or anything so I believe he takes what he wants/needs. Also sometimes he will go much longer between feeds when he's had a little depending on how deeply he has slept, it's not always more food = longer sleep.

Redling Sat 31-Jan-15 13:23:04

Also my DS didn't take 5oz bottles until much older, and was pretty much on 2-3oz per feed until about 14 weeks, so I would say it's fine!

Annarose2014 Sat 31-Jan-15 15:55:54

Thanks all! I won't go cold turkey but will try tonight stopping when he stops. Am worried he'll wake every hour but only one way to find out!

Lauramum23 Sat 31-Jan-15 16:06:30

Maybe it's just comfort? They need to suckle does he have a dummy?

Annarose2014 Sat 31-Jan-15 16:16:18

Hates dummies so no joy there.

deborah86 Sun 01-Feb-15 21:49:30

My Dd done this to me a couple of weeks ago. it started with dropping a couple of Oz in a feed during the nighy. then one night she just didn't get up for one of the feeds and gives me a good stretch of sleep. We get 9pm to 5 am stretch now. She's 11 weeks now

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