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3 month old just wants 4oz of milk

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Mummy0501 · 12/04/2018 20:55

Hey, so I was wondering if many other mums are experiencing the difficulty getting milk into baby?

My son was BF for first 3 weeks of life but unfortunately I couldn't keep up production for some reason (something that I still cut myself up about) anyway, switched to formula and then he was diagnosed with colic and about 4 weeks later diagnosed with silent reflux, which Ranitidine has been prescribed, he gets checked regularly for his weight and to review the dose. He then started drinking up to 6oz bottles for about a week and has slowly went back to 4oz per feed. I've tried different bottles, teats, adding gaviscon 2 hours after ranitidine but he just won't take it. He wants 4oz then wants his dummy.

I can't help but feel so paranoid since the pack has its guidelines and the docs say the same.

Sorry for the rambling, just feel at a bit of a loss at the moment.

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dementedpixie · 12/04/2018 21:36

How many 4oz bottles does he take?

Psychobabble123 · 12/04/2018 21:38

I bottle fed two of my three, both never went above 5oz. DC3 took 4oz every 2-3 hours until weaning. Really don't worry. Just feed when they are hungry, they will let you know what they need.

Loops81 · 12/04/2018 22:55

Yes, how many times a day is he having 4oz? How is his weight/nappies? Are you worried about his overall milk intake or just frustrated that he needs lots of small bottles making up? What happens if you leave it longer between feeds, or wait 15 mins for the milk to settle then offer the rest of the bottle? Mine has never wanted as much as the guide on the packet suggests but it is only a guide - some babies just don’t have big appetites.

CoperCabana · 12/04/2018 23:00

I spent the first 6 months at least of DD2s life worrying about this. She simply didn’t want any more. She was clearly thriving and every time I raised it with a HV, they were not in the least bit concerned, given my gorgeous, smiley baby. She was fine!

She got me back mind. When she developed her love of a baby bottler of midnight milk from 12 months til older than I would care to share!

I am sure all is fine! Baby’s can’t read guidelines or routines so they do what the hell they want!

Mummy0501 · 12/04/2018 23:48

He takes 8oz when he gets up on the morning and then goes on the 4oz train for the rest of the day. I manage to get between 28 & 30oz in him per 24 hours. Plenty healthy looking nappies. Think it's just with the first so many different things have been said to me and I find myself constantly worrying about him.

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Mummy0501 · 12/04/2018 23:54

His weight is fine. GPs haven't expressed any concern over his health or wellbeing at all. I was just asked to try and get him onto 6oz bottles but he just is having none of it. This has actually helped me calm a bit to be honest. I'm more than happy to give him 4oz every couple of hours and do whatever he wants. Thank you

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CoperCabana · 13/04/2018 09:23

Yeah I think go with it. Remember when you breast feed you have no idea how much milk they have. You just let the baby dictate so really why would bottle be different. I breast fed my first so it was all new to me when I bottle fed my second.

mindutopia · 13/04/2018 16:20

That sounds plenty to me! My first was probably having no more than 4 oz ever at that age. I don’t think she took 8 oz til closer to 6 months as that would be quite a lot for a still tiny tummy. Ignore the packet. It’s just a manufacturers suggestion (to make you make as much as possible so you buy more sooner). It has no evidence base behind it as all babies need different amounts.

Loops81 · 13/04/2018 17:19

The thing is, even if someone categorically told you it was bad for your baby to drink smaller amounts, there’s nothing you can do about it. You can’t force feed them - if you did you would probably put them off milk entirely!

MinnieMousse · 13/04/2018 17:24

My DD1 was bottle fed and had reflux. Little but often is how reflux babies prefer their milk as if they drink too much it causes discomfort when it starts to come back up. DD used to split every bottle in half. She would drink 2-3 Oz then I'd have to put it in the fridge and she would have the other couple of oz about 45 minutes later. It was a real pain when we were out anywhere.

dotdotdotmustdash · 13/04/2018 17:25

I bf my DD for the first 10 weeks but got concerned that she didn't feed for long and wasn't gaining weight quickly. I moved her on to formula and she didn't ever take more than 4oz at a time, all the way up to weaning at 8 months (she didn't want to wean earlier). She's 19 now and has always been slim but is perfectly healthy. She just had a naturally very small stomach capacity.

Mummy0501 · 13/04/2018 22:42

Thanks all 😊 really appreciate the support with this. Really worrying when you think you're alone and have people at you (especially when you're a first time mum) but this has helped settle me a lot. He was all about the milk for the first few weeks but clearly changed his mind now haha.

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Tryingno1 · 22/04/2018 16:05

Same happened with my lo
The ranitidine stopped working
Started on omeprazole and now on 7ounce bottles! He used to have 2nevery 2 hours and feeding was incredibly stressful with him crying pushing bottle away and rejecting it. Omeprazole really changed this for us, not sure why ranitidine stopped working.

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