Post # 1
All Day Long. Eats and eats and eats! My baby grazes. She’s 2 1/2 months. She’ll eat a couple of ounces, and then spit the bottle out, she’s just not interested anymore. An hour later, she screams for it. There’s no distracting her, playing with her, trying to sooth her to sleep. She wants nothing but that bottle. She has her moments where she’ll eat a whole bottle, usually at night time before bed and when she just wakes up in the morning, but during the day it’s constant making bottles and wasting formula.
Anybody have any ideas on how to get a baby eat a full bottle? I’m very jealous of people who go a whole 3 hours between feeding their babies!
Post # 3
@artbee: Not a mom, but I have had friends whose babies were like that, and they put a little cereal in the bottle, and made less in the bottle. That way, they weren’t throwing away formula as much, and if the baby wanted more, they could always make more.
Post # 4
How old were the babies? I heard it wasn’t good to introduce cereal until at least 4 months.
Post # 5
I dont know about what is good, but my Mother-In-Law was just telling my she did the cereal trick at about 2-3 months because my DH ate so much she couldnt produce enough milk.
Post # 6
oh man, I am not really sure to be honest. I think they were still newborns, only a few months old. Do you know why the suggestion is 4 months?
Post # 7
Back when our parents were kids, it was common to start introducing solids and other types of milk really early, but now it’s not recommended to start anything besides breastmilk or formula before 4 months.
DS was kind of like that too for a long time… I can’t remember when it stopped, but honestly it was just a matter of waiting it out, and he started going longer between feedings. Now it’s about every 3 hours during the day (he’s 6 months old). I’d run it by your pediatrician and see if they have any suggestions… when DS was about 4 months old and still eating really frequently, our pediatrician told us to try to push feedings further apart to get him to eat more at one time, but I can see how that will be tough if your baby is screaming for the bottle. But I do find that the longer we go between bottles and the hungrier DS is, the easier it is to feed him, and the more he eats.
Post # 8
You might talk to your doctor about introducing cereal before you make that leap. I think most babies are supposed to wait until 4+ months, but I’ve heard of introducing it earlier in special cases for medical conditions.
Also, has she always done this, or is this new? Addie used to eat every hour during growth spurts, which could last a few days to a week at a time. After the growth spurt finally ended, she’d go back to eating bigger bottles every few hours.
I’m pretty sure Mrs. DG used a slowly increasing time period between feedings to wean Ceci down to fewer night feedings. I believe what she did was try to gradually lengthen the time between feedings by adding a few minutes at each feeding. So, for example, if Rose wants to eat every hour, you might try to comfort her/distract her for an extra five minutes. Then at the next feeding, go at least 65 minutes between, and try to add another 5 minutes on top of that. At the next feeding, go at least 70 minutes, and try to add another 5 minutes. Eventually, over the course of a few days or weeks, Rose will lengthen her time between feedings. In the meantime, you might want to make smaller bottles (only 2 or 4 ounces, maybe) so you’re not wasting a bunch of formula.
Post # 9
You mentioned thatshe spit the bottle out, so I woud check that out first. You may already be doing these things, but if not, it could be worth a shot.
–Feed baby about 1/3 of the bottle and then burp baby. repeat during feeding, and end with burping.
— After feeding baby, don’t lay her down, keep her propped up for about 15 minutes.
— If this is a new situation, consider getting her ears checked for an infection. My 1st son was nursed, but the same thing was happening. Once his ear infection was cleared up, his feedings and spit up went back to normal.
I hope this helps!
Post # 10
Have you thought about trying to move her up to the next size nipple? My daughter would drink a couple ounces and get frustrated and spit out the bottle when she was ready for a larger nipple.
Post # 11
My babies ate every hour. I don’t really think there are any tricks all babies are different they eat when they are hungry and stop when they are full. Does she have a pacifier she may just like the sucking motion. I wouldn’t introduce solids to early it may make her crampy.
Post # 12
@artbee: I have heard of a baby being like this. I’m not a mom but I was told by a mom that her newborn son was this way. She began adding a little cereal to the bottle about a week after he was born to keep him from being so fussy. It worked and he still has a large appetite at 34. Its ole school, I’m not sure what the doctor would say.
Post # 13
Thanks, good to know I’m not alone! I asked the doctor, she said to try to get her to eat more at once, but you can’t push the bottle down her throat so that wasn’t that helpful. Hopefully as time goes on, the more she’ll start eating at each feeding!
She was always like this. It’s not just a growth spurt, it’s been her whole life. And it’s not that she’s eating a full bottle every hour, it’s she’s eating a couple of ounces and then spits the bottle out. That’s why she’s hungry again so quickly, she’s not getting enough in at each feeding.
I love the idea of gradually increasing! I can much easier live with the idea of her screaming for the bottle for 5 minutes rather than think about her waiting a whole hour like people are telling me she should be doing. Good idea!
We always burp. And prop her up, because she had a spit up problem before. Proping up helped tons with that.
I’ll have to ask the doctor about going up to a bigger nipple. I worry about that because she gets so excited when she eats, she already seems like she’s getting it pretty fast.
She has a pacifier, but doesn’t like it. I’ve tried multiple brands and I keep trying because like you said, I feel like she should like the sucking, but she doesn’t.