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3.5 month old ds not eating...what do you think?

today i worked from 10-6, i started back to work about 1 month ago from my maternity leave, and apparently while i was at work my ds only ate around 5oz the whole day. like an oz here or half an oz there. he was fussy and refusing to eat his normal amount, which is usually 4-5oz every couple hours or so. then as soon as i got home he started to get fussy and i fed him, he ate 4oz right away, i gave him a bath, then he nursed himself to sleep. do you think he is just going through mommy withdrawls? this is the first time he has behaved this way.


Asked by nickellmomof2 at 10:48 PM on Jul. 14, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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Answers (7)
  • Maybe a little bit of teething and, sucking from the bottle hurts? Or, he might miss ya too! Aw!

    Answer by MDT09 at 10:50 PM on Jul. 14, 2010

  • maybe separation anxitiy

    Answer by DeeMarie87 at 10:51 PM on Jul. 14, 2010

  • If he is breastfeeding how do you know how many oz he nurses?

    There is something called reverse cycle nursing where a baby of a working mother will refuse to eat while she is gone and then breastfeed 8-12 times during the hours they are together. This means nursing pretty much all night. My grandson is nursing at 22 mo and I just stayed a few days with them because my AC is out. He nurses at 7 pm when they get home from work, again at 8:30 or 9, before bed at around 11, twice at night, and twice in the morning. So that's around 7 times in 24 hours. Since he is 22 mo he eats a lot of food; 4 meals a day and snacks. When he was younger he went to nurse on her lunch break. He used to nurse more at night.


    Answer by Gailll at 12:06 AM on Jul. 15, 2010

  • You need to make sure your baby is gaining at least 4 oz a week or a pound a month. Weight gain is the best way to tell if a brestfeeding baby is getting enough. When you are with your baby you want to breastfeed and not give bottles so that you will be able to maintain your supply.

    Nursing Mother, Working Mother by Gale Pryor is a good book. is a good breastfeeding website.


    Answer by Gailll at 12:09 AM on Jul. 15, 2010

  • he use to be exclusively breastfed, now he nurses only once in the morning, once when i get home, and before bed, the rest of the time he drinks formula. that's how i know how many onces he drinks...anymore advice?

    Comment by nickellmomof2 (original poster) at 2:05 AM on Jul. 15, 2010

  • maybe he just wasn't hungry, or he missed you!

    Answer by kyriesmommy13 at 10:16 AM on Jul. 15, 2010

  • update: today he ate fine...over 8oz in 4 hours...lil piggy!

    Comment by nickellmomof2 (original poster) at 7:35 PM on Jul. 15, 2010