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My DS is bottlefed and normally drinks about 800 - 900ml a day. Yesterday and today he has taken a lot less. he is 13lbs 15oz and 17 weeks old.
I think he is constipated as he didn't poo for 2 days (normally at least once a day), today we've had three which he's never done before.
Also, when I hold him to feed he is crying and rejects the bottle after taking about 80-100mls, whereas he would normally take at least 150mls per feed. The only thing that calms him at this point is being cuddled in an upright position. Also, he is very grizzly and irritable - he is normally very contented and happy.
Just wondering - is this a sign he is constipated and is it OK for him to be drinking quite a bit less? Any advice much appreciated!
It's possible he is feeling a bit poorly as he is very unlike his normal smiley, happy self. What happens is he will start feeding and then reject the bottle, refusing to take anymore. AM worried he will get dehydrated/ill if he doesn't have enough to drink. He is still sleeping OK and plenty of wet nappies.
I'm a stress-y first time mother in case you can't tell
theres a lot of bugs going round at the mo - your baby prob has one of them. As long as nappies are wet and skin and eyes look healthy he should be fine. offer water in between feeds if you think he's thirsty.
Its a bit young (but not unheard of i'm sure) - but could be his teeth - maybe not coming through yet but moving around under the gums??
Do you lay him back a bit as you feed him - maybe prop him up a bit - if it helps he may have sore ears.
Have you tried the DR Brown Bottles (anti-colic) I find them fantastic and wouldn't be without them May be worth a try. Regards constipation my midwife advised me to give babes a teaspoon of fresh squeezed orange juice in about 2oz of water, That worked.
Janos, my 14 wk old has been the same - I ended up ringing NHS Direct as I was so worried. This also happened a week ago and my hv suggested a tspn of prune juice (less likely to cause allergy) in water, I tried it and it worked really well.
It sounds to me your ds has tummy ache, and feeling a little under the weather. Babies know what they need, and if he doesn't feel like his milk then trust him, that his body is telling him, he not up to it, just like us when we are poorly.
It is fine for him to not drink as much for a few days, if thats what is what is working for him at mo. If it continues for longer than 2 days though I would seek medical advice,
Try giving him a drop of orange juice and boiled water if you think its constipation.