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another question....

on the gerber website it says that If your baby is consistently breastfeeding more often than usual or drinking more at every feeding, has good head control and seems interested in food, he might be ready to start solids. It doesn't say anything about when a bottle fed baby is ready to start solids it just says if he's eating 30oz a day he is fine....Edward is eating 40+ oz a day is that normal?

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Asked by lovingedward at 4:00 PM on Jan. 9, 2011 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • yes,that's in the normal range
    Wait until he's at least 4 months to introduce solids

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 4:04 PM on Jan. 9, 2011

  • How old is he?? Sounds like your son wants more!! Over 40 oz. a day sounds like he is hungry.....if you're cautious about starting him on solids, how about a little cereal??

    Answer by cfh72 at 4:06 PM on Jan. 9, 2011

  • he's only 10 weeks old and it seems like the older he gets the more he eats....his first bottle was at 6 am it's 3 pm right now and he's already had 24 oz of formula. he's my first one and i just want to make sure i'm feeding him right and not depriving him of anything...

    Comment by lovingedward (original poster) at 4:07 PM on Jan. 9, 2011

  • If you are concerned about depriving him, you should consider relactating

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:11 PM on Jan. 9, 2011

  • Edward is tongue tied and couldn't latch on to be breast fed

    Comment by lovingedward (original poster) at 4:13 PM on Jan. 9, 2011

  • cfh72- Cereal IS solids... worthless solids, but solids nonetheless.

    Bottlefed babies tend to overeat. Make sure you have really slow flow nipples and offer smaller portions more often. If they go too long and get too hungry, they will gulp down milk and be stuffed before they realized they are full... or some babies just never get the cue from bottles that they are full because the consistency and flow of the milk never changes. Once they begin overeating, it's a vicious cycle.

    Try smaller amounts more often and burping frequently during the bottle to slow down the meal and make sure he has time to realize he's full. Some babies just are big eaters (in which case, talk to your doctor to see if there are any upper-limits on formula intake)... but that's no reason to start solids sooner. Solids are a separate thing from milk feedings. Solids are a developmental milestone before they are a biological need.

    Answer by LeanneC at 4:13 PM on Jan. 9, 2011

  • His tongue can be clipped very quickly and easily if relactating is something you are interested in. At the very least you can reduce the amout of formula he needs and there is no upper limit to human milk intake... though, you will find that he probably needs far less human milk than formula.

    I would talk about clipping the tongue now anyway to avoid speech issues and a harder procedure in the future.

    Answer by LeanneC at 4:15 PM on Jan. 9, 2011

  • I don't recommend solids before 6 months. It does seem like he is eating a LOT for his age. Something to try is smaller amounts, but a bit more often. Also, if you are interested in nursing, you can, as Leanne suggested. Having a tongue tie shouldn't stop anyone from nursing, and I'd be upset if the doctors didn't suggest getting it clipped when it interfered with latching. Again, this is only if you WANT to nurse, if you do, I think you can, with a little work and determination.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 4:30 PM on Jan. 9, 2011

  • 40+ ounces a day is above the recommended AVERAGE of 24-32 ounces per day. You can choose to introduce cereal or fruits and veggies early if you want to, one quick way to check if your LO is ready is to put the spoon in his mouth like you are feeding him and if he still has the tongue thrust reflex (pushes the spoon out with his tongue) then he isn't ready. You can talk to your ped and see if he is doing well on the 40oz of formula if you are concerned.

    Answer by rhianna1708 at 4:32 PM on Jan. 9, 2011

  • Off topic, I LOVE that you keep referring to your son by name. DD and DS are overused on here, even I'm guilty of using the abbreviations almost 100% of the time.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 4:32 PM on Jan. 9, 2011

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