16 day old feeding advice please

(4 Posts)
mummyemily Thu 12-Sep-13 08:55:47

My beautiful son is 16 days old, he weighed 6lbs 14oz at birth never lost any weight and by day 10 had put on 13ozs, I started to breast feed but it never seemed to satisfy him so changed to the bottle, he is doing a whooping 4ozs every 2.5 - 3 hours day and night, and most of the time seems hungary at the end of the feed but will not take 5ozs - think his little tummy just cant take it, he is a real guzzler and feeding takes around 10 minutes. He seems to be constantly seeking more even after 30 minutes of the last one sometimes I top him up with a couple of ozs inbetwen feeds during the day, someone has suggested moving him onto a hungary baby milk but unsure as he is so young! any ideas on how to satisfy my greedy little monster

No need for hungry baby milk at this stage, just the same milk but more often so you are feeding on demand still. A BF baby might easily be feeding every 1.5-2 hrs or more through most of the day, and you want to replicate a natural feeding pattern as much as possible.

Tummy is still tiny so more frequent feeds rather than bigger feeds.

gretagrape Thu 12-Sep-13 09:03:11

I only moved onto formula after 4 months, so not sure if this is relevant for your tiny one, but I found that slowing the feeding down really helped - mine was taking a whole bottle in less than 10 mins then screaming because he thought he was still hungry when actually he had fed so quickly that his brain hadn't had a chance to realise he was full. I take the bottle out 3 or 4 times during the feed just to slow things down, and that seems to have helped - he's calmer after the feed and also pukes less!

Sunflower1985 Thu 12-Sep-13 16:07:09

What greta said - slow it down. V good advice. I try and stretch 3oz over at least 20 mins.

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