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3 1/2 month old feedings...

During the day at daycare he gets a 4 ounce bottle about every 2 or 2 1/2 hours. Should I make the bottles bigger and ask them to feed him less frequently?

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Asked by mylittlemonkee at 5:00 PM on Feb. 16, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • No, and why? A 3 1/2 month old has a tiny tiny stomach. They NEED frequent feedings because they can only fit so much in there. Right now, your baby's tummy is roughly the size of a golfball.

    IT also depends on what you are feeding him, formula or breastmilk. Breastmilk is digested much faster than formula.

    Answer by Arkaidy at 5:22 PM on Feb. 16, 2009

  • I was curious because someone mentioned giving a 6 to 8 ounce bottle before bed time... I breastfeed except when he is at daycare.

    Answer by mylittlemonkee at 5:24 PM on Feb. 16, 2009

  • Every 2 hours if fine as long as he is acting like he is hungry and not being forced to finish each bottle.
    If it seems like he is taking too much... ask them to offer something like a pacifier to help him soothe before giving the bottle. He might just like to suck.
    He may also be having a growth spurt and need to eat more right now.

    Answer by AmiJanell at 5:27 PM on Feb. 16, 2009

  • First of all, every baby is different. My 11 wk old daughter ate 2-3 oz right from birth. She was on breast milk till she was 5 wks old. She was taking 4 oz every 3-4 hours from the day she was brought home till she was about 5 wks old. Then she was taking about 5oz every 3-4 hours, except when sleeping at night, which was about 5 hours consecutively. By the time she was 8 wks old, she was taking 5-6 oz every 3 hours while awake, sleeping 8 hours at night. She has been eating at that pace ever since, but now sleeping 9-11 hours at night. I know that breast milk is more easily digested, but switching to formula didn’t change a thing! She actually eats more frequently since the switch. Growth spurts were very noticeable as well. Dr says there isn’t anything wrong with her eating routine and that she’s healthy. At 10 weeks she was 13 lbs 14 oz, grew 4 inches from birth to now being 24 inches in length.

    Answer by nsteinerlpn at 9:53 PM on Feb. 16, 2009

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