3week old bottle fed bub not eating!
, Jun 19 2012 09:58 PM
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Posted 19 June 2012 - 09:58 PM
I am entering unknown territory at the moment - DD is now 3 weeks and bottlefed. I am struggling to get her to finish her bottles or even at this point get past half way! My son would guzzle his bottles and look for more so not sure what to do here
Half way thru a feed she starts dropping off to sleep so I will usually pause to change her nappy to wake her up enough to drink the rest. However this doesn't seem to be working... I am sitting with her for an hour or so and still can't get her to finish the bottle.
Anyone else dealt with this and can offer some advice?? She has become extremely unsettled because she is still hungry and I am now giving her random topics in between to keep her going
Posted 20 June 2012 - 10:05 AM
I don't have any advice sorry but I would suggest you call the Maternal Child Health line if you don't get any responses here that might assist.
My DD was like this as a newborn due to jaundice and it was hard work getting her to feed. I feel for you and hope it gets better soon.
Posted 20 June 2012 - 10:49 AM
Ohhh 3 weeks, so tiny still! Could you maybe try a faster flowing teat? She might just be a lazy eater (like my daughter was!) and doesn't want to have to suck as hard for her food. Would still be worth taking her into your early childhood centre too though just to make sure she's still gaining weight, I'm sure they'd have lots of other ideas for you to try. Good luck!
Posted 20 June 2012 - 09:43 PM
If she is having enough wet nappies and growing, alert and active at times, good skin colour then she maybe fine even if she is having smaller feeds, she will just need them more frequently.
Babies usually feed 8-12 times each 24 hours at this age (breast fed) and can be quite unsettled especially in the afternoon/evening. Formula fed babies can behave differently from breast fed babies because of the different milk but perhaps it is ok if they do behave like breast fed babies?
I agree with calling your CHN for advice and keeping an eye on her nappies to see if she is getting enough milk.
All the best.
Posted 21 June 2012 - 01:16 PM
My first son was also a guzzler
so it took some getting used to for me to accept DS2 is a slower and not an enthusiastic eater. Both were bottle fed.
Speak to your CHN and perhaps Tresillian helpline, I'd also attempt the faster flow teat. If she is happy, gaining weight, having the occasional poo and lots of wet nappies it may just be that she is happy taking smaller feeds more often. DS should based on his weight be drinking about 20-25% more than he is at 16 weeks, but he's putting on weight and sleeping well so even though I like seeing the empty bottles (satisfaction ahhh) a
Posted 21 June 2012 - 09:10 PM
Might sound cruel, but cold hands or a cold wet wipe on the face and neck, or in dire straights on the tummy work a treat. I had to do this at about the 3-5 week mark to keep my DD awake, however it was important to me to have her feeding at certain times to fit into a routine with DS, so I needed her to take her full bottle. If you find it easier you could feed her less, but more often.
The nappy change is also a good one - I usually reserve the bum change for the last 50mL lol.
Stroking the cheek whilst feeding also helps promote the suckling.
Also, bear in mind that the "recommended" amount on the bottle is just that, recommended. Some bubs will need more and some will need less. How many mL is she actually taking?
Another thing I find is that when they're sleepy, as the feed builds up their wind they may not show the standard "mum please stop to burp me" indicators such as grizzles or pushing the teat out of their mouth with their tongue or moving their head from side to side in an attempt to dislodge the bottle from their mouth. Instead they'll just lie there perfectly content and for all intents and purposes asleep. Try burping her whenever she stops sucking for a period of 30 to 60 seconds or more. Even if there's not enough wind for a burp, just the actions we do to burp them (lifting them upright, patting, rubbing etc) can be enough to wake them up that little bit to take a little more feed, continuing this will eventuate in a burp, and if it's a nice loud belch that generally snaps them awake long enough for another good run (personal experience there lol)
Posted 21 June 2012 - 09:21 PM
Go by the baby, not the volume of the bottle! In that way, its the same as a breast fed baby. I know it feels wasteful to throw out formula that you have paid for... but better that than overfilling your child.
Babies self regulate remarkably well. I went back to work at 5 weeks with DS1 who was bottle fed by then. My dear mother kept meticulous notes for me, including how many ml he drank at each feed. Remarkably, over 24 hours, he drank to within 10 ml each day, every day, for about four months (and then it went up slightly). Sometimes he'd drink 100 ml and have enough, sometimes 180, ask for more, and drink another 30. But over 24 hours - exactly the same.
So make sure your LO is having lots of wet nappies and gaining weight appropriately. I wouldn't torture her with cold face washers etc - that is only necessary in the first few weeks when they are super drowsy. By three weeks, let her self-regulate, even if it is sometimes only 2 hours or less between feeds.
Also don't assume that she is unsettled because she is hungry. Three week olds just are unsettled, especially formula fed babies who don't get as much non-nutritive sucking as breastfed babies (when boobs run out they can still suck on them and it satisfies their urge to suck - if milk keeps coming and she's full, she can't suck for comfort). Offer her a dummy, this often soothes formula fed babies. She'll let you know if she actually wants milk by spitting it out and complaining! If she just wants to suck, it'll make her happy.
Posted 22 June 2012 - 12:21 AM
I have had two babies who were absolute guzzlers and would down every bottle and then ask for more. Then, along came Miss Anna! She is 5mo now and I still struggle to get 4 x 150ml bottles into her each day!
She is gaining weight, growing and has plenty of wet nappies so I'm not too worried.
I was worried, earlier on as she stopped eating altogether. I found the solution - she didn't like being held when being fed! If I lay her down next to me and fed her, she would eat, but if I held her she would refuse. Recently, she has started refusing bottles if I hold them - she has to hold them herself.
I got some pretty good advice from one doctor ... "there are days when we just don't feel like eating - surely our babies feel the same at times".
If you are worried, see a doctor or paed. If she is growing, having pletny of wet nappies and generally happy, then choosing to accept that it is just how she is, is a valid option.
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