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    Unhappy 4 month old won't eat... and throws up when he does

    Hi,

    I'm hoping someone can help me who has had a similar experience. My baby is about to turn four months and is refusing the bottle and then when he does eat, he throws most of it up.

    He has always been a really good eater and in four months went from a birth weight of 3kg to now being 7.5kg (at first I stressed that he was eating too much

    It started a week ago when he had his normal 180ml and then threw most of it up. This was repeated in three of the next six feeds so we called the doctor in. Apparently there is no issue and I agree that he is still happy and fiilling nappies normally. The doctor also told us that it perhaps he was just hungrier and was gulping more air. We were told to just burp him more.

    We've tried that but it's now a week later and the same is still happening. We also talked with the doctor about starting solids and told this would be ok. We have since started him on one meal a day (a teaspoon of Farex). He doesn't seem to mind it but doesn't really swallow much.

    This morning though he just totally refused the bottle. Normally he is starving in the morning so combined with everything else I'm feeling really stressed about it.

    Has anyone else had this experience?

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    Rosey

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    Cant really speak from experience or anything (my bubs were breast feed at 4 months) but maybe hes ready to drop a bottle. How many does he have?? When my DS was 4 months he started 'experiementing' with dropping feeds. He would have his morning feed then another around 10am, but at around 4 months he decided he didnt want the 10am feed. Now at 7 months hes 'thinking' about dropping his 3pm feed (some days he wants it other day he doesnt).
    Or maybe decrease the amount the the bottle. He may be finishing it just cos its there and getting too full.

    I know its annoying but maybe just wait til your bub crys for food, then feed him not before.

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    Does he have any other symptoms? Cld he have reflux? Like PP my girl dropped feeds for alittle while but she took it back up and now instead of 5 feeds she usually has 4 (but she is on solids too).

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    Thanks girls,

    I appreciate you taking the time to comment. I actually hadn't thought about the fact that he may want to drop a bottle. He seems so little

    I think the suggestion of waiting until he's hungry is probably a good one as well. We have been following the Save our Sleep routine and perhaps need to trust him more than the routine.

    Love to hear what anyone else thinks

    Thanks again
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rosey2911 View Post
    Thanks girls,

    I appreciate you taking the time to comment. I actually hadn't thought about the fact that he may want to drop a bottle. He seems so little

    I think the suggestion of waiting until he's hungry is probably a good one as well. We have been following the Save our Sleep routine and perhaps need to trust him more than the routine.

    Love to hear what anyone else thinks

    Thanks again
    Rosey

    (((hugs)))

    Please trust him more than SOS ... he is perfectly capable of telling you when he's hungry and when he's not ... From the sounds of it you may have been trying to feed him when he wasn't hungry, hence the vommiting and refusal, and now may be off food fullstop ...

    Try not to stress, follow HIS cues, and see how he goes ... And just remember, he won't starve himself

    (((hugs)))

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rosey2911 View Post
    Thanks girls,

    I appreciate you taking the time to comment. I actually hadn't thought about the fact that he may want to drop a bottle. He seems so little

    I think the suggestion of waiting until he's hungry is probably a good one as well. We have been following the Save our Sleep routine and perhaps need to trust him more than the routine.

    Love to hear what anyone else thinks

    Thanks again
    Rosey
    Absolutly listen to what hes saying. Right from birth they are ale to tell you when they are hungry.
    Honestly, ive heard nothing but BAD things about save our sleep. IMO if your trying to get a routine happening, demand feed/sleep and they will fall into their own routine and you can go from there. In fact if your feeding him when hes NOT hungry you could be causing more problems as hes OVER full and uncomfortable and not able to sleep.

    Babies wont starve themselves, its a survival instinct, but also if hes not hungry, anything that goes down will come up.

    Good luck

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    If your bubs isnt premie then he wont starve himself. My DD is a very fussy feeder. We have just started as of the last four days sleep and feed when she wants to. Instead of waking her every four hours. She seems to be starting to drop a bottle from 6 feeds to 5 feeds. Someone once said to me it doesn't matter about how she gets her quota for the day just that she does.

    Here is a formula to work out how much the average bottle should be.

    150 x (weight) divided by the number of bottles.

    150 x 3.5kg / 6 = 87.5mls per feed.
    150 x 3.5kg / 5 = 105 mls per feed

    150 x 4.3kg / 6 = 107 mls per feed.
    150 x 4.3kg / 5 = 129 mls per feed.

    or to get the average amount of mls the bubs should drink over the entire day (24 hour period).

    Just 150 x (weight).

    ie. 150 x 3.5kg = 525mls in 24 hours.
    150 x 4.3kg = 645mls in 24 hours.


    This is a rough guide, its not an absolute must. The indication for your bubs that they are getting enough is plenty of wet nappies and weight gain.

    My bubs is

    150 x 4.8kg = 720 over the course of 24 hours.

    today she is up to 680 with one more feed to go possibly 2. Who knows what she will do??? She only needs another 40mls to get her quota.

    Somedays she doesnt even get near the quota the other day we were lucky to get 520 mls into her. Babies are like you sometimes you have a big meal one day and small the next.

    Good luck.

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    oh my DD also throws up nearly every meal. sometimes its alot and other times small. I have no idea why she does either. I guess its just her. She is happy and it doesnt hurt her.

    You can feed a small amount of farex at four months now. The guidelines have changed back to feeding at 4 months.

    One friend of mine had to feed her son at 3 months because no matter what they tried he would only take 50mls. He wasnt gaining weight. Once they went to farex things improved weight wise for them.

    HUGS just remember your doing a great job.

    Anyanka

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anyanka View Post
    If your bubs isnt premie then he wont starve himself.

    Please please please dont say these things without knowledge to back it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LivinOnAPrayer View Post
    Please please please dont say these things without knowledge to back it up.
    I had a premie bub and she would sleep to no end. If you did not wake her she would not wake for a feed at all. She would have been happy to sleep all day without waking for a feed.

    In hospital I fell asleep all night one night through exhaustion. Her last feed was 8pm I had to wake her for that. I woke again at 10am and she didnt wake once for a feed this was at one week of age. She continued like this for 2 more months. she has only just started waking herself now for a feed.

    I made that comment because premie bubs are different. They usually won't wake and are quite happy to keep sleeping in preference for feeding.

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