How to stop infant from "snacking"?

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Registered: 09-23-2010
How to stop infant from "snacking"?
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Mon, 08-08-2011 - 1:20pm

Hi!

My baby will be 8 weeks on Friday. I'm having a problem with her snacking rather than eating a meal. She takes about 1½-2oz every hour/hour and a half. :/ Our pediatrician has noted this. She's healthy and growing, but it's tiring feeding her all day long.

We've gone through formula changes and have settled on soy. She's not spitting up and she's burping/passing gas as she should. The only addition we had to add is ½tsp of light karo syrup in 3 of her bottles as the soy really does a number on her.

Is there anything I can do to encourage her to drink more so it's less frequent (short of making her scream)? Even when she goes 4-5 hours sleeping during the night, she'll only drink 2-2½oz when she wakes.

Thank you,

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Registered: 11-29-2005
Tue, 08-09-2011 - 8:40pm
This actually is a pretty common pattern for breastfed babies - though I understand when you're having to make the bottles up, it'd be easier for you if she ate more at each feeding.

But it sounds like she's actually doing what she needs to do - she's happy, she's growing, she's not spitting up.

My inclination would be to let her set the pace. One potential issue with bottle feeds is overfeeding, due to the nature of how the bottle works. This can lead to gaining more weight b/c baby isn't in control of intake. It sounds like your little girl IS in control of her intake, and she knows what she needs. Trying to get her to eat more than she wants to eat may well backfire long term, since you'd be training her to ignore her feeling of fullness.

(Obviously if she wasn't growing or developing well, it would be a different issue, but since she's doing well, I wouldn't mess with success.)

 


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Wed, 08-10-2011 - 9:49am
Hi Erin,

Thanks so much for stopping by the board! The pediatric experts will be by shortly to answer your questions.

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Wed, 08-10-2011 - 1:46pm
Hi, thanks. Actually the issue isn't with the bottles as I make those as needed, but with the actual feeding. It takes her an hour to drink only to have to start right up again. Whether breastfeeding or not makes no difference... she'd still be eating all day long :)

She's the complete opposite of my son who left the hospital drinking 3oz every 3-4 hours and was at 4-4½oz a feeding by 2mos old. We're still at 2-2½, though closer to 2 most times.
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Wed, 08-10-2011 - 1:56pm
Thanks, Kristy! I look forward to hearing some suggestions/ideas. :)
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Wed, 08-10-2011 - 3:16pm
Has she been assessed for tongue tie? That was an issue with my second dd. DD1 ate in 8-10minutes, DD2 ate in 45 minutes .... turned out she was tongue tied, so she was less efficient. It can be an issue with bottles, too.

 


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Fri, 08-19-2011 - 12:19pm

Have you ever talked to your pediatrician about GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease?

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Fri, 08-19-2011 - 3:22pm

I realize that you are a doctor and that I am not, but why, WHY would you advise a parent to do something that is not a proven treatment for reflux ("can reduce spit up, but doesn't improve reflux index scores;" Rudolph et al., 2001)

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Mon, 08-29-2011 - 9:44am

Thank you for caring so much about babies and congratulations on your proactive actions.

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Thu, 09-01-2011 - 2:11am

+1 Amanda!!!

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Tue, 09-06-2011 - 11:23pm
iVillage needs a "like" button. :D

Thank you Amanda for your pro-breastfeeding post! I, too, am not a doctor, but have two BFd kids of my own, one of which was supplemented with formula. Unless there is a real physical issue with eating (like cerebral palsy) then there is not reason to thicken milk, whether it be formula or breastmilk.
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