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Anyone with a 12 week old baby?Come and tell me....

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Idobelieveinfairies Wed 05-Sep-07 19:18:22

...what your feeds are like!

I started looking after my 12 week nephew on Monday and can't believe how much of a guzzler he is!

He feeds every 2 hours and has 6 ozs each time. This afternoon he drank 6ozs at 1pm and then another 6ozs 40 mins later!

He goes down at night at 9ish, wakes for a feed between 1-2 am and up at 5am for another, then the 2 hour slots start! Is he feeding so much in the day because he goes longer at night?

He he is never quite content inbetween feeds either....always acting starving. my day milk for 'hungrier' babies was used often, what are the guidelines nowadays for this? i know the advice changes all the time, so need some up-to-date info.

Is he being greedy boy or is this normal?

His birth weight was 6lb 3ozs and is now weighing 14lb 8ozs if that matters.

Many thanks in advance.


lulumama Wed 05-Sep-07 19:22:42

if it is normal for him, then it is normal , ifyswim

if he is not vomiting up milk, he is needing the intake

if he is draining bottles, you can add an extra ounce

you can try the hungrier baby formula, it is heavier, and takes longer to digest , so can space out feeds. it will not make him sleep through , unless he is ready to do so

acting starving? how so? is he rooting, stuffing hands in mouth? if so, is he offered a dummy at all, some babies are really, really sucky.....

also, he might be having a growth spurt , there are several in teh first few months

Idobelieveinfairies Wed 05-Sep-07 19:35:35

Acting starving as in trying to eat everything that touches his face. Yes he has a dummy, but realises after a couple of sucks no milk is there and out it comes.

Tried giving him more at the time but he won't take more than 6ozs.

Not expecting him to sleep through yet, that isn't the problem. Sister told me he feeds every 2 hrs and how she was finding it hard,can appreciate what she was saying now!

He only had 3... 10 min naps in the day forever trying to keep him cheery...and his mind off milk!

He has always been a great eater, but i did find with mine the older they got the longer inbetween feeds came.

he just never seems satisfied

Idobelieveinfairies Wed 05-Sep-07 19:36:08

i think the hungrier milk is the way to go then! ;)

lulumama Wed 05-Sep-07 19:37:49

3 10 minute naps a day is not enough ,really, no wonder he is fretful

no point trying to keep him cheery and awake , being overtired can actually stop babies settling, might be good to try to get him to sleep in a dark, quiet room, at regualar intervals, a sling might help him to drop off , whilst you / mum get on with things

flowerybeanbag Wed 05-Sep-07 19:42:06

Idobelieve DS is now nearly 4 months.
His feeds are as follows
7am - about 220ml
11am - about 200ml
2.30pm - about 180ml
6.15pm - about 220ml
10.30pm - about 160ml

He goes down at night after his 6.15, usually about 6.45 - 7pmish, sleeps until we wake him at 10.30, then sleeps until about 6-6.30am, wide awake but not hungry until 7am feed.
He was 8lb10oz at birth, and last week was 16lb8oz.

Oh and he has a nap of 45 minutesish about 8.30, then a couple of hours lunchtime.

flowerybeanbag Wed 05-Sep-07 19:42:39

Sorry, don't know amounts in oz..

Idobelieveinfairies Wed 05-Sep-07 19:44:55

we've tried every option we can think of

He sleeps better with background noise. Getting him to sleep is never a problem, he just dosen't sleep for long enough! He is all cheery when he wakes.

Mine were never keen on sleeping either, but that was never a problem as they were fine to kick and play and be happy. But this poor little man just seems starving all the time.

Maybe the hungry milk will help him out.

Just wanted to check it was ok at this age, i know my H/V gave advice on it because of extra salt or womehitng, but couldn't remember the age recommendations.

Thanks for listening!

Idobelieveinfairies Wed 05-Sep-07 19:46:54

Thanks's good to know other peoples experiences at this time. Even though mine are only coming up to 3 it seems like ages ago that i had to think about feeds etc!


flowerybeanbag Wed 05-Sep-07 21:31:53

no worries.
I do know I am v lucky with DS by the way!

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