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Formula fed 8 week old

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Bex90 Wed 05-Aug-15 12:01:35

Hi I have a beautiful 8 week old little girl. She is formula fed (due to ongoing issues with breastfeeding and diagnosis of PND) and I am the first in my friendship group to have a baby. She used to cry constantly when she was awake and so I find myself anxious whenever she is due to wake from her nap. She normally goes down not long after her bottle and I am wondering if any mums have tips on keeping baby happy between waking and when she is next due for a feed? I tried taking her out and she cried all the way round! I struggle as there is no one really to ask for advice and feel very alone as my partner works away and does long hours and when she is upset in the evenings he will get frustrated when she cries so I find myself nursing her then too so he does not get tired and grouchy!

Debinaround Wed 05-Aug-15 12:47:51

Have you taken her to see the doctor? It could be reflux and they can give you something to help.

Some baby's cry a lot and there is not much you can do to stop them. As long as you know they aren't hungry, wet etc.

Don't beat yourself up about it, she will grow out of it eventuallysmile

Congratulations on your baby. thanks

Lightbulbon Wed 05-Aug-15 12:49:33

If it's mostly in the evenings it could be colic/reflux.

seaoflove Wed 05-Aug-15 12:53:13

Firstly, massive sympathies over the PND and anxiety and inability to breastfeed - I've been there.

* am wondering if any mums have tips on keeping baby happy between waking and when she is next due for a feed?*

So are you finding that she wakes up crying and you find it difficult to soothe her until she's due a feed? Maybe you need to switch things around. Instead of her waking and then waiting a while before her feed, and putting her down for a sleep right after the feed, have you tried feeding her immediately upon waking? That's what my two did (baby #2 is 12 weeks now). Wake up hungry, feed them, change them, have some awake time (they're normally most amenable to having a little kick around when they're happy with a full tummy!) then back to sleep.

Crazyqueenofthecatladies Wed 05-Aug-15 12:55:08

Sounds like colic which is normally reflux caused by cmpi.

Bex90 Wed 05-Aug-15 14:29:11

I will try to change it so I feed her when she wakes, she does seem to worsen throughout the day so it may be colic! It is just hard when she cries and I have done everything and get to a point where I am not sure if it is stomach pains it she is overtired! Babies are a mystery at times!

seaoflove Wed 05-Aug-15 15:01:39

I think people are jumping to conclusions saying it's colic and/or CMPI. It could just be that she wakes up hungry and doesn't want to wait for milk smile

How long is she going between feeds?

0x530x610x750x630x79 Wed 05-Aug-15 15:18:58

Have you heard of cluster feeding? I hadn't and my evenings were hell until i found out about it.

My son fed constantly from about 5 until about 7 in the evening.

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