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I no it's early but 12 week old

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Chelsea91 Wed 13-Feb-13 09:46:07

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

JiltedJohnsJulie Thu 14-Feb-13 12:55:43

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 smile

nickelbabe Thu 14-Feb-13 12:53:58

definitely try smaller bottles more often.

JiltedJohnsJulie Thu 14-Feb-13 12:53:10

Agree with fliss. Does distraction work when he's grisly? Have you tried feeding smaller bottles more often?

Feeding every 2 to 3 hours is normal and there is nothing wrong with your DS. It's your dd who was the odd one.

Wheresmycaffeinedrip Wed 13-Feb-13 21:52:14

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.

SamSmalaidh Wed 13-Feb-13 21:48:51

You are risking your baby's health by giving anything but milk this early. Please see your HV.

lastnightidreamt Wed 13-Feb-13 21:45:13

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.

nilbyname Wed 13-Feb-13 21:40:26

Sorry, that was really naughty. Have reported the shit out of myself and thread.

Flisspaps Wed 13-Feb-13 21:39:08

nilby shockgrin

nickelbabe Wed 13-Feb-13 21:21:15

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.

Iggly Wed 13-Feb-13 21:16:22

Stop the water and solids.

Try a dummy as he might want to comfort suck? Which can be confused for feeding especially when you're breast feeding.

nilbyname Wed 13-Feb-13 21:15:44


NippyDrips Wed 13-Feb-13 21:13:30

Just another one to say please speak to your health visitor. My ds is 7 months and still bf 3 hourly and eats very little food. Their main calories should come from milk until they are one.

Figgygal Wed 13-Feb-13 21:03:46

OP hopefully you will come back to the thread and not be too put off by the shitty reaction you have had here although i would agree that it is far too early for baby rice and if you are worried you need to go and see your HV for real life advice.

I was in the same boat as you DS born on 91st centile as was yours roughly he took bottles every 2.5 hours until he was 14 weeks old by the time we weaned he was almost off the weight charts having 50+ oz milk a day and was terribly bloated due to the quantity of milk he was having. There were periods when he went to 3 hourly feeds but he hit 20 weeks and we were back to 2.5 hour feeds those days were a blur of bottles and sterilisers now.

I have a lot of sympathy for you in this but at this early stage food is not the answer as others have said he could be crying for other reasons, have you tried a dummy? Could it be comfort sucking? If you feel overwhelmed by this and i know there were times i would cry as couldnt believe he was hungry again and looking back now i can see sometimes he wasnt but he would take it anyway.

Is this need to give him food so you can get sleep is he is a poor sleeper? The food likely will make this worse as he could be in pain due to his undeveloped gut not being able to process the food and I say this half jokingly but what will you do when the sleep regression kicks in at 4 months..give him a steak? Seriously you need to get advice and knock the baby rice on the head asap especially since it is not helping anyway.

Loislane78 Wed 13-Feb-13 20:15:39

Looks like your DS has jumped up several centiles from his birth weight (which isn't necessarily bad) but given what you've said about wakings and the introduction of 'solids' I would be seeking advice from a GP or HV.

halesball Wed 13-Feb-13 19:14:43

Chelsea i think the 12 weeks or 12lb way of thinking that our parents are so happy to dish out has been proven wrong by researchers. However you do know your baby best so maybe this is the type of thing to discuss with your HV who will be able to give you advice tailored to yours and your LO's individual needs. Hope that you find a solution which fits you both.

ALovelyBunchOfCoconuts Wed 13-Feb-13 19:00:38

this has to be a wind up, no? if not then that poor baby sad sad

SquidgersMummy Wed 13-Feb-13 17:38:02

Sorry I think that's awful. His poor guts.....he's not physically ready to cope with food. Please see your HV. Please don't be offended and then be stubborn about it - see your GP and HV for their advice about what you need to do. X

KateSMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 13-Feb-13 14:42:20

Ahem, peace and love everyone.

FancyPuffin Wed 13-Feb-13 10:51:12

Babies cry for more reasons than just hunger.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Wed 13-Feb-13 10:14:15

For goodness sake - babies are supposed to feed every couple of hours.

Poor child, he shouldn't be on hungry baby, or baby rice - all that will do is bung up his system.

Are you getting any advice? Because if you carry on as you are then you are going to do him damage.

Flisspaps Wed 13-Feb-13 10:09:24

I'm sure you have, but when he cries have you tried cuddling, rocking, singing, chatting instead of feeding? Or do you think that he must be hungry as you consider him to be a big chap and so go straight to feeding?

AlienReflux Wed 13-Feb-13 10:08:45

Sounds like you're feeding him because he's crying and he'll suck for comfort, but he's probably not hungry, just feeling crappy from the food.

AlienReflux Wed 13-Feb-13 10:07:34

Chances are he's now waking with wind, or poorly feeling tummy, go back to basics love, and stick with it, all babies are different, there's no shame in talking to your HV and telling her you're confused/struggling, but I would definitely NOT recommend you carry on with what you're doing

FannyFifer Wed 13-Feb-13 10:05:43

You really need to speak to someone, that is an absolutely insane amount to be giving a 12 week old. Should not be on solids.

Both my children breastfed pretty much 2 hourly till started solids at 6 months.

Flisspaps Wed 13-Feb-13 10:01:27

DS was 11lb 7oz born and was BF (every 2 hours) until 6mo.

There's no need for baby rice or hungry baby milk. The earliest you should wean is 17 weeks - the gut isn't mature enough to handle solids (including baby rice) until then. That's why the age changed years ago from 12 weeks.

Babies feed often, and wake up a lot. It's perfectly normal! Please speak to your HV, and don't give him any more solids until he's at least 17 weeks old.

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