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Was baby's milk too hot?

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Clumsymumsy22 Thu 29-Jun-17 14:12:32

I think I accidentally gave my 16 week old baby milk when it was too hot for her. I tried giving it too her when it was cool but she was refusing it so I put the bottle in about 150ml of boiled water and put washing on (she has 180ml of milk now). When I came back, I tested the milk on both my wrist and my finger (sometimes it feels ok on my wrist but feels too hot on my finger so I always test both). It was a little warm on my finger but I didn't think it was hot so I gave it to her. She started crying when I gave it to her and spat the bottle out but didn't spit the milk out. She then took about 4oz of it a minute later and then continued crying. I tried to get her to sleep as I could see that was what she wanted but she was crying too much. I gave her some calpol but she fell asleep halfway through the dose. Do you think the milk was too hot?

I'm also thinking of weaning her not long after she's turned 4 months because she's not wanting as much milk anymore but she's still hungry. Babies used to be weaned at 4 months and they're fine. Is this a good idea?


Clumsymumsy22 Thu 29-Jun-17 14:13:42

And when she was crying I was able to distract her by singing and she stopped for a minute or two

AssassinatedBeauty Thu 29-Jun-17 14:30:27

Do you think you have burned her mouth with hot milk? If you had, I suspect image would be much more upset and you'd be able to see the damage inside her mouth. If she fell asleep half way through you giving her calpol, I suspect she might just have been tired and therefore fussing over her feed.

"I'm also thinking of weaning her not long after she's turned 4 months because she's not wanting as much milk anymore but she's still hungry. Babies used to be weaned at 4 months and they're fine. Is this a good idea?"

I don't understand what you mean about being still hungry but not wanting milk. If she's hungry she'll take milk surely? She doesn't know to ask for anything else.

Weaning at 4 months is at the borderline of guidance which says to wean around 6 months (when your baby is showing signs like being able to sit up, bring things to her mouth and has lost the tongue thrust reflex), but never before 17 weeks. I wouldn't say it's a good idea to wean. It'll probably be ok, you'll need to do purees and stick to veg, fruit and baby rice only until 6 months. Also food at this age should not be at the expense of milk, as milk is more calorific and nutrient dense than any other food you can give. Solids would just be about giving small tastes rather than filling her up with lower calorie purée.

Timetogrowup2016 Thu 29-Jun-17 15:17:35

No need to wean .
If she's hungry she'll drink more milk.
She's probably crying about being tired / uncomfortable etc

Clumsymumsy22 Thu 29-Jun-17 15:19:59

She seems a lot happier now thank you.

I just meant she seems to be crying because she's hungry and she will pull the bottle toward her but spit it out as soon as she's had a few mouthfuls and doesn't always take anymore -if she does she will spit it out every few mouthfuls, but she will keep on with the hungry cry

AddictedToDrPepper Thu 29-Jun-17 15:26:00

Could she be thirsty instead of hungry? My DS was combine fed and used to spit his bottle out when he was thirsty and needed a drink instead of just milk.

Timetogrowup2016 Thu 29-Jun-17 15:32:41

If she's hungry she'll drink it .
She could be crying for any reason

WowserBowser Thu 29-Jun-17 15:39:43

It's probably not a hunger cry then. Make sure she is fully winded.

And no to the weaning. Totally unnecessary.

CrazedZombie Thu 29-Jun-17 15:48:47

Solids have less calories than milk so wont fill her up if she's hungry.

PonderLand Thu 29-Jun-17 16:31:29

Do you feed her laying down? Try holding her in a more upright position. She might have a mild case of reflux maybe? My son was fussy over milk but he didn't eat anything until 10 1/2 months. Could be she's overtired, cold, ear ache, teething, tummy ache, reflux. I'd look at those things.

early weaning should be done on the guidance of a HCP. Weaning can introduce more issues than it solves in my opinion so don't be in a rush for it, it'll soon be time to wean and you'll wish she just wanted milk!

LapinR0se Thu 29-Jun-17 16:36:35

Sounds more like reflux than hunger to me

Shelby1981 Thu 29-Jun-17 18:09:58

It might be that she needs to go up to a faster flow teat and is getting frustrated. We had this problem, the HV suggested moving up a teat size, problem solved!

Cutesbabasmummy Fri 30-Jun-17 08:32:41

Agree she could have reflux.You don't need to wean her at 4 months.

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