DD is 6 months and feeds twice (sometimes 3 times) over night and 4 or 5 times a day. Only 2 of her day feeds are 'good' feeds- usually the mid morning one and the one before bed. I just tried to feed her then and she wasn't in the slightest bit interested, but hasn't fed since 10am.
Does anyone have any tips on getting her to feed better in the day? I am hoping it may help her sleep better at night. She has just started crawling and is an enormous busybody. She has no time for feeding, it seems
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07-06-2013 13:37 #1
Encouraging day feeds
07-06-2013 13:48 #2
What about sitting somewhere dark and boring so she isn't distracted?
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07-06-2013 13:53 #3
07-06-2013 13:59 #4
DS is almost 7mths and exactly the same. I can't feed him at my parents with even the slightest bit of light because if he can see the pattern on the chair he won't feed. I don't even attempt to feed if out!
I find the best time to feed is when he just wakes up so he is still sleepy. He also feeds okay if he is rocked almost to sleep then fed. Regardless, he needs to be in his love to dream wrap to feed because if his hands are free he would rather play with them! I also always put a DVD on for DD while I am feeding as he won't feed at all if there is anyone else in the room.
Not sure I have any more tips, but you definitely have my sympathy!! It's a little frustrating!
07-06-2013 14:00 #5
DD feeds a lot better during the day if I wear an interesting necklace or even hang a small toy around my neck that she can play with. Seems to satisfy her desire to be constantly investigating.
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07-06-2013 14:02 #6
07-06-2013 15:51 #7
Thanks guys with definitely give it a go! Maybe I should play abckids on my phone up by my shoulder while she's feeding, that would keep her interested
07-06-2013 18:18 #8
How about sneaking milk into her food, so she is getting more milk without the actual feed? I do this with my DD, either breast milk or formula and at the end of the day, I help her drink the rest from a cup. If I make up a formula sachet, there's an extra 120ml of milk that she has.
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14-06-2013 13:55 #9Senior Member
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How do you know she's not having "good feeds"? and how can you tell 'good' ones from 'bad' ones?
I have recently stopped watching the clock for feeds and instead, watch DS. I loose count of feeds and have no idea of the times he feeds. He is feeding quick, sometimes only a couple mins and sometimes refuses the other side but he's happy after the feed untill he gets tired. i comfort feed to settle him before a nap and cuddle him untill he shuts his eyes.
ATM he's waking once overnight for a feed from one side and re-settling himself.
I read some literature about breastfeeding stuff and it said as adults, we get hungry at certain times than others. We snack between meals and we eat full meals thruout the day. Same applies to breastfed babies. Maybe H is a 'grazer'. You can google about 'grazing' breastfed babies.
As long as she's being fed as she demands it and it's always available when she demands it, i think it's all normal. Maybe she's going longer between feeds during the day because of solids? When do you offer solids? Would offering them later in the day/dinner time help to fill her up for overnight?
Maybe she feeds at night because its boring so she's able focus on feeding reall well?.
Is she getting really distracted during feeds? DS was and i would feed him in his room where it was darker, give DD my phone to play her games on so she was quiet.
Wow a crawler already! good luck! bet she keeps you on your toes now!
14-06-2013 14:14 #10
Feed to sleep, feed in a dark quiet place, wear interesting necklaces.
I found feeding to sleep was the best one.
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