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Posted by: KS | 2006/07/25

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4 MONTH OLD - EFFECT of FORCE FEEDING?

Hi Doc

my baby is now 4 month and has always been small eater. Even now she battles to finish 100ml bottle at a seating. we are trying to feed her every 4 hours- hoping that she will be hungry but no. we are now force feeding her and this is very stressful to all concerned but if we dont do this she is happy to go without much food.

she is now weighing 6.2kg whilst at birth she was 3.5kg.

I am worried of the long term effects of force feeding?

also, could there be something wrong with her. a friend commented that it was unsual for her to not be hungry after 4 hours and suggested that perhaps there is something wrong with her?

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

Her weight is just about on the average for her age so there really is'nt anything to worry about in that regard. She will take what she needs at each feed. It is no good trying to force feed her as it will only cause stress to both of you.

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Posted by: Liz | 2006/07/25

I went through the exact same thing and only when my baby was 5 months old we got answers... She had a type of allergy to milk formula and also refused to drink. She dehydrated and was rushed to hospital. In hospital tests were done and she had a very high Eosinophils blood count but the doctors sent us home saying there is nothing to worry about. Got home and my baby still didn’t want to drink, we were then referred to a speech therapist as one doctor thought it had something to do with the bottle and not the milk. Again the speech therapist sent us home saying there is nothing wrong. Anyway what I'm trying to say is there must be something wrong and you need to find out what. The specialist that treated my daughter at the end and diagnosed her with Eosinophilic Oesophagitis went nuts when I told her some doctors suggested that there was nothing wrong "she just didn't like milk" or "she has a happy to starve personality" this is impossible in a baby of 8 weeks (that is when she started refusing to feed) and as she was bringing up her feeds as well, the specialist couldn’t understand why these doctors looked at me like I’m crazy when I told them my child doesn’t want to drink milk. The one doctor also told me “refusing to feed is not a symptom of allergy”
My baby’s weight was also perfect despite her feeding problem but it was driving me nuts “fighting” with her every time it was feeding time, she was crying, I was crying and this is just not normal or healthy no matter what the doctor say. I got very depressed and my baby was always upset as she had to fight of the milk/me every day for months before we got help. She is on a soya formula but still doesn’t drink much of it but I’ve done some research in the mean time and I live my Mary Ann Shearer’s book Healthy Kids -The Natural Way and my daughter is as healthy as you get…

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