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shes not eating

my 5week old dd was a very good eater for like the first 3 weeks now when i feed her she barely takes 2oz where as she was up to 5oz and she is not getting fussy in between she was eating every 4hr and i still have her on that time but try 2 wait like 20min so its more like 41/2 hr in between 2 make sure she huger sens she is not getting fussy she just went 2 the DR on Monday and she is gaining wait fine its just very upsetting having to wast all that formula all the time any advice sorry so long


Asked by Paigesmommy78 at 12:54 PM on Oct. 2, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • She is not old enough for a water bottle yet. it can harm her.

    I also don't recommend saving the bottle for later. Her saliva on the bottle can contaminate the milk.


    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 1:05 PM on Oct. 2, 2010

  • Her stomach is not big enough to hold more than a few ounces at a time. 5 oz is A LOT for a newborn. Only put 2 ox in a bottle and feed her, if she act hungry, put another ounce in. If she doesn't, it's ok. She will let you know when she is hungry. Since she is 5 weeks, she has just passed a major growth spurt which will cause babies to eat more. As long as she isn't fussing for it or losing weight, go with her cues. She may not need more than 2 oz at a feeding.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 1:02 PM on Oct. 2, 2010

  • you don't have to waste the formula. after she eats you can put it in the fridge and save it for the next feeding

    Answer by aliishott2 at 1:00 PM on Oct. 2, 2010

  • Reduce the amount in the bottle and only give what she will take. She is satisfied if she is not fussy. And congrats!

    Answer by elizabr at 1:12 PM on Oct. 2, 2010

  • You are right - don't save a bottle for more than an hour. Make smaller bottles though - if she's only eating 2 oz, only make 2oz - then if she actually wants more you can make another 1-2 oz. Stop making 5 oz bottles and you won't be wasting so much.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:32 PM on Oct. 2, 2010

  • It is frustrating but you can save the formula, make less if you don't want to and if she is still hungry than make more. She is just finding her schedule and appetite so take it easy and remind yourself the doctor is not worried.

    Answer by DonnaPinitonya at 1:12 PM on Oct. 2, 2010

  • thanks all but i though a bottle was only good for an hr after use it that is why it is wasted

    Comment by Paigesmommy78 (original poster) at 1:24 PM on Oct. 2, 2010

  • I would not be overly concerned. childrens eating habits change almost on a daily basis. Maybe your baby was going through a growth spurt when she was eating the five ounce bottles. If she is growing at a normal rate, I would not be concerned and let her steer the eating train!

    Answer by icn_mom at 6:12 PM on Oct. 2, 2010

  • Don't make as much to waste. Supplement it with a water bottle.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:59 PM on Oct. 2, 2010