Post # 1
Any other mommies have the problem of “upside down” feedings?
Apparently co-bedding has had an interesting effect on MB’s eating habits. She is constantly eating at night, and as a result is barely eating during the day. She’s eating 6-8 oz at daycare over an 8 or 10 hour period! Then in the evenings she’s not eating more than 6-8oz again.
We had her checked at the pede’s office to make sure it wasn’t medical. My pede said she’s still gaining weight, so there are a couple possibilities. Either I have “super rich milk” or MB has a dairy intolerance (although she is NOT fussy or sensitive at all, and even he conceded it was unlikely).
In the end I felt silly bringing her in, because she is a happy, healthy baby. But she’s eating HALF of what she used to, and we haven’t introduced any solids or anything.
Any other mommies experience this or have advice?
Post # 3
We have the same problem, originally just because she hated the bottle. The result has been very little eating during the day and clusterfeeding at night. We just let it go for a little while figuring she’d work it out… but it just reinforced things.
Finally we knew we had to address it. Our approach has been to lengthen the time each night that we go in between feedings. At first she was eating every 2 hours, now we’re at 3 and a half. Basically, if she wakes up before the time that she should be eating, we just rock her back to sleep. We have been soooo sleep deprived, with me feeding so frequently, working 100 hour weeks and even working some nights and Mr. DG heading the rock back to sleep brigade. But we’ve perservered and I feel like we’re near the end of the tunnel. The night before last she only woke twice and last night was only 3 times… This feels like success to us!
Keep in mind that we do have a milk soy protein intolerance, so eating made her tummy feel better and that made the problem worse… but we had bloody stool as well, so we knew that there was a big problem.
Post # 4
I am so glad you posted this…I actually read it at 0230 this morning during my second wake up to feed. This made me realized that K started doing this last week during his growth spurt. I had tried rocking him back to sleep with out feeding him but that hadn’t worked so last night I just fed him a few minutes until his eyes got heavy. Then I was able to rock him back to sleep. I had to do that every 3 hours but hopefully he will eat normally today and maybe (fingers crossed) sleep a little longer tonight.
Last week he was waking up around 0800 and then not eating for another 2 hours after eating all night. Then he was going 4-5 hours between feeds all day. Hopefully eating less at night will get him back to eating every 3-4 hours today.
Post # 5
@Derbybride: Even if you rock for a little while and then give in, it’s probably ok (We do that when we hit our time mark)…Just make sure you don’t give in while they are crying. One night she wouldn’t stop crying and I had to bring her downstairs, turn on lights and play with her to get her to stop. Once she stopped we did our feed.
I don’t want to start an intermittant reward system that might reinforce the crying behavior. Feeding at night is fine with me, crying not so much!
Post # 6
So MB is eating half as much as she used to? And the majority of this is at night? Addie did this for a couple weeks. She was eating about 23 ounces a day, and then all of a sudden, she dropped down to about 13 ounces a day. She seemed fine; she just wasn’t eating. Then, just as suddenly, she ramped up to 30 ounces a day. It was the weirdest thing, but she just kinda worked it out herself.
Post # 7
@Mrs. Spring: YES!! Exactly that! I feel so much better hearing that Addie did this too. Hopefully MB will go back to her normal feeding schedule, and 30 oz would be good too. I’ve been hoarding milk like crazy preparing for that possibility, so hopefully she gets there.
Thanks for the replies ladies, my crazy first-time-mommy paranoia has calmed now!
Post # 8
Aren’t babies weird? 🙂 We’ve gotten to the point where we try to stick to Addie’s “normal” routine, but as long as she’s happy, pretty much anything goes. I still worry, I just don’t call the doctor as much, lol!