Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Far Away mom | 2011-07-05

Q.

1 month old very hungry

My little one will be one month old tomorrow. I have not been guided by my doctor as to how much to feed her. All I know is that a 3 hour gap between meals is good for now. ***doctors here in Romania are NOT like in SA! They don''t tell you unless you ask and they didn''t give me any feeding guidelines at the hospital***
So here are the facts:
I am formula feeding (unable to breastfeed)
She eats 120ml at a time and sometimes only takes15 minutes to finish the bottle!
She has suffered from colic from the day I brought her home and I have her on some drops that do help.
If I do NOT feed her the full 120ml, she SCREAMS until I give it to her so I can NOT feed her less than what I do.
She eats more often in the day and most of the time I have to hold and comfort her to make her wait an extra 30mins for meal time.
At night she can go 4 or even 5 hours between feedings!
She sleeps VERY well at night.
My main concern is that now she is still making sucking noises after finishing her bottle! And she won''t sleep so easily afterwards.
She has also gained MUCH more weight than " normal" . I have not had her weighed yet but I estimate she has gained about 2kgs in just 4 weeks!!!
Oh and she has no digestive issues and does NOT vomit at all.
I heard you can give babies tea....when can you start giving them tea and how much per day can you give them? (there''s baby tea here in Romania that also eases colic)

PLEASE HELP!
Thanks

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Good luck with your stay in Romania.You should not give your baby tea of any kind now. She needs her formula only. She is obviously a hungry baby who is demand feeding at more or less 3 hourly intervals now. This is all normal. She is gaining weight well. She needs a formula which will satisfy her hunger. You can try Lacctogen 1 or the equivalanet over there or a formula called Novalac SD which should be available in Romania.

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