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Help- are we over feeding our newborn? FF and taking about 10 bottles a day

(4 Posts)
dottytablecloth Wed 31-Dec-14 23:48:46

I'm really worried about this.

Dd is 3 weeks and is averaging about 10 bottles per day; she is constantly hungry and rooting for food.

She takes between 2-3.5 oz of milk at each sitting.

This is way over the guidelines of 6 x 3oz feeds per day.

I'm worried we are harming her but she goes nuts if we don't feed her.

With my first child he was easily on a 2.5-3 hour feeding schedule but advice now is to demand feed, it surely this is far too much?

WhyOWhyWouldYou Thu 01-Jan-15 00:44:48

They are supposed to be fairly good at self regulating, tbh unless her weight rises fast and disproportionately to her length then she probably just needs it.

Could be worth thinking about whether she could have silent reflux (reflux without the sick)? The burning in their throat can make them want to feed all the time to try and soothe it.

Rockchick1984 Fri 02-Jan-15 15:28:28

Have you tried increasing the amount in each bottle? Do you give a dummy - some babies simply want to suck on something all the time?

dementedpixie Fri 02-Jan-15 15:32:53

what weight is she? A general rule of thumb is 2.5oz per lb of weight e.g. a 10lb baby may need around 25oz (10x2.5) of milk per day. It is just a general guide though and some babies may need more or less than that.

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