So my 12 week old son was 9lb born and breast fed till 6 weeks and I couldn't carry on as he was feeding every 2 hours day and night. Switched to bottle and he's on hungry baby and has 7-8 7oz bottles still every 3 hours. So last week I gave him baby rice before bed still no longer between feeds so now he has breakfast lunch and dinner plus all of his bottles and water inbetween. Is my son impossible to fill up? He's already 16lb10
please speak your HV op. 12 weeks is very very young.
when they're that age all they know for sure is how to feed (drink milk of whatever kind). he wakes and is grizzly every 2 hours because that's how often he needs to eat. your dd just didn't have such a big appetite.
think about how often you have a drink or something to eat. during the day I bet you don't go 2 hours without something. it's just that babies only drink/eat one thing, so it seems more frequent. and yes, through the night too. babies have such tiny stomachs they can't hold much. it's also likely that most of what you're giving him (milk) is just going straight through, but the solids will be hurting his gut. please please ask your hv for advice.
I have had 4 DCs and tried various methods with all of them. I can honestly say that feeding them more, or hungry baby formula, or solids, didn't make a blind bit of difference to sleep or gap between feeds.
They will find their own routine and stop waking up through the night when they are ready to. Stick with just milk, and let him sort himself out.
Hey op, is he a refluxy baby by any chance? I ask as its been put on MN several times that reflux babies suck alot as it helps there throats feel better from The burning and the acid. Could he just be wanting to constantly eat to soothe his throat?
12 weeks is early there's a good chance this is a growth spurt and will be over soon. You have at least five weeks til it is safer to start thinking about weaning. Could you enlist the help of your dp so u can stagger feeds and get a bigger block of rest in between?
Please don't use hungry baby milk as it screws up the feeding routine unwill end up feeding more often as they take less of it and it just bungs up Their system.
Also agree that the hungry baby milk contains the same calories as first stage but the take it less often, so the result is that over 24 hours they take less calories than they need and are more hungry, not less.
The babyrice will have the same affect so if you want him to be less hungry, please give him more formula, not less