Just wondering if there's anyone who uses this formula that can help. I want to make sure I'm giving my DS the right amount. DS is over 2 months old (10 weeks) and I am going off the tin and giving him 180ml 5 times per day. The tin specifies 'up to 2 mths 120ml' & 'up to 4 mths 180ml'. I am concerned because the common formula of 150ml x kilo of body weight divided by number of feeds works our to be a smaller quantity. I'm concerned I'm over feeding my DS, although he is finishing the bottle. What do you think?
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23-02-2012 22:29 #1
Nan HA Gold 1 feeding measurements. Am I feeding DS too much?
23-02-2012 22:40 #2
I have used this formula with both my kids & all I can say is that the advice on the tin is a guide only... you must do what is best for your baby.
Is he draining every feed? If So I would move him up to the next amount. It's always good to have a bit of milk left in the bottle so you know he's full & had enough.
My DD2 was always, above her feed requirement for her age. Dont look to closely at it or stress too much.... use your baby as your guideline...
Best of luck
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23-02-2012 22:44 #3
i always used the calculation in your original post. that way i knew i was feeding the right amount for my babies weight.
23-02-2012 23:24 #4
I think babies know when they are hungry and when they are full. (most of the time anyway!)
I just feed him as much as he wants. I never force him to finish a bottle. There are so many variables that affect how much the individual baby needs.
24-02-2012 00:10 #5
I asked the same question months ago hun. If he finishes it then give it to him. I was always worried about over feeding DS but it's not the case. I was told I was crazy for giving him so much. They go through phases but they know how much they want. He's now 8 months old and he drinks 100ml-130ml if I'm lucky. He'd drink 240ml before bed and now he only drinks 150ml for bed. He's not even a chubby baby. He's just very tall.
24-02-2012 00:12 #6
He'll tell you how much he wants. Just use the back of the tin as a guideline. Every baby is different.
24-02-2012 01:52 #7
We used this formula...
Hey ho, we used this formula plus EBM when came out of hosp after extended prem bub Special Care nursery stay. Our guy thrived on this formula and we found it mixed v easily compared to some other brands. The SCN's guidelines were 160ml/kg/ divided by number of feeds. I agree with the above posters though, that the baby will guide you as to how much he wants, and we found our bub wanted far more than the formula can suggested, and sometimes less milk more often. They'll often have smaller, more frequent feeds during hot weather, and more just before bed or overnight after a long snooze.
The formula tins vary in their recommended amount between brands, though they are fairly close.
The nursery seemed to think it was impossible to overfeed a baby of this age and that they will regulate their appetites. Pays to offer a top-up of 40-60mls if they fail to settle quickly. Nursery's idea of it was approx. 2.5hrs sleep, nappy change, feed and little play to take no more than approx an hour and a half at this age (during day- night sleep longer, please please please, for mum's sanity!), as babies require sleep to grow. If the nappy and feed take too long, their growth will be affected. For mummies of newborns, that's 2hrs sleep to an hour awake if formula feeding. BF'd babies feed more often as it takes 2hrs to process breastmilk, as opposed to 3-3.5 for formula. Naturally, all bubs have their own agenda and are different!
Our guy made it easy by making a certain mmmmmm noise when he was still hungry. He doesn't do that anymore (the hungry noise has changed to a gorilla-like grunt, and I often feel like a mummy to a monkey), but he has always pushed the bottle out and pursed his lips when he's decided he's definitely had enough. The bub's body language is the best guide as to whether they are still hungry or sated, so let your lovely bub tell you what he wants, and try to learn his own unique 'hungry' signs.
I remember an SCN Mum of a few telling me, "Get as much milk into them as you can." Posseting (bringing up milk after a feed) is no real sign
of overfeeding, lots of bubs bring up a few mls after a feed and it's perfectly normal.
Enjoy your beautiful baby, they are just so gorgeous at this age, and as everyone says, grow so so SO fast. Good luck and happiness to you with your little one.
24-02-2012 14:45 #8
Awesome feedback everyone, thanks a bunch
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