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I started weaning my little boy about a month ago. Starting with night feeds only and working my way up. He is now having formula 90% of hte time, with 1-2 breast feeds a day, but not satisfied with my dwindling supply. Each Formula feed he is only drinking 60-80 mls and not wanting any more for about 3hrs. Is this ok. His recommended amount on S26 Gold is about 180mls, he's no where near this. Is this ok for him. I'll see the child health nurse, but the nice lady i like there is away for another week. The other lady that works there just makes me :gloomy: each time i go - especially for f/f.
Any suggestions are welcomed
The amount on the tins is a recommendation only.
My son at 9 weeks was drinking exactly what the tin suggested and then just suddenly cut back to half. I was so worried but it was fine. If baby isn't hungry then its not an issue, just make sure that he is fed when he is hungry.
If you are concerned, do a dream feed which is easy enough at this age. Put a bottle in his mouth while he is sleeping and he will drink it in his sleep. Do this at about 10pmish. It just gets in a bit more fluid if you think he needs it.
I weaned my DS at 5 months and the recommendation on the tin is 210mls 4 times a day. He started having only about 100mls about 8 times a day, and now 2 weeks later he is starting to have about 120-150mls still 7-8 times a day.
I dont think it really matters that much as long as your bub is happy and gaining weight.
My daughter was only drinking 60 then 80 and finally 120mls this was her biggest feed she is 13 months old. The doctors told me she was a small eater and not to worry as long as she has wet nappies and a weight gain. She is a healthy girl not that much smaller than her recommended weight
A baby will only drink what they need and if you do try to get them to drink more chances are the whole lot will come gushing back out - usually all over you :eek:
The guides on the formula tins are just that - guides. All babies are different.
A general rule is 150 mls for each kilo of body weight divided by the number of feeds per day.
Weight x 150mls / number of feeds per day = amount per bottle.
For example if your bub is 5 kilos and has 6 feeds per day they should be having (on average) the following ..
5 x 150mls = 600mls
600mls / 6 = 100mls per feed.
If your bub is happy and settled then you are doing everything right. Don't stress about it, just enjoy your happy bubba :thumbsup:
Basically - you wouldn't know how much he was drinking if you were still breastfeeding him, the recommendation on the tin is a maximum - not a minimum.
If he's happy within himself, gaining weight appropriately, doing an appropriate number of wet nappies, and doesn't appear to be starving or dehydrating - then he's fine!
I know its a mum's perogative to stress and worry - but give yourself a break. You are doing a GREAT job! :hugs:
if a baby is dehydrated their urine will be dark (the same as an adult) when my son was born ( near 5 years ago) we were told to give babies the occaisional bottle of boiled water. i have heard they dont advise it anymore, but if your child is dehydrated or sick and needs fluids, its still a good idea. as everyone says, your baby would cry driving you mad if he was not satisfied, so he is obviously a happy baby.
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