Posted by: Clive | 2004/10/11


Hungry Baby

8 week old boy is continuosly hungry. He cannot go more than 2 hours without waking up and crying for food. We have him on Lactogen but this still has not helped. Is there anything else we can try? Maybe mixing some Nestum in his bottle for him?

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Often babies who cry constantly are not hungry, but overfed. I would advise to give him only 150ml/kg/day of milk. The fact that he grows well is sufficient proof that he gets enough milk. Rather delay the solids until 3 months and first see what happens if you feed him less, not more.

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Posted by: Purple | 2004/10/12

As long as your baby is following his curve on his chart (growing steadily), weeing and pooing regularly, don't worry too much.

Giving water will fill your baby's tummy without any nutritive benefit. At 8 weeks, your baby wants milk when he's hungry. Also, his tummy is small, so he can't have too much at once, so will take what he needs and then get hungry again later. (if you were breast feeding it would interfere with supply and demand and result in less milk)

It sounds like growth spurt time to me, but if it carry's on afterwards, keep on demand feeding. Putting your baby onto a schedule will result in lots of crying until baby learns that no matter how much he begs for his needs to be met, they won't be, and he goes quiet, like the neglected baby's in homes do.

Its tough, but I can assure you, once you get to 3 months, things just get fantastic.

Also remember that in the mornings and especially the evenings, baby's feed quite often - even up to every hour, demand feeding means much less crying between about 6 and 8 in the morning and about 3 and 7 in the evening. This stops at about 10 to 14 weeks. (breast fed baby's do this to create m ore milk for the next day).

Good luck. As baby getes bigger, he will be more and more rewarding!!

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Posted by: Clive | 2004/10/11

He drinks about 175ml a feed. The paed recommended we do not give Rooibos or Juice but only water. Our next step will be to try the "Pelargon" route but do not want to make drastic changes if this is only a growth spurt as suggested by "Purple". At eight weeks he weighs about 5,5kg so he is not a "Big" baby.

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Posted by: Norma | 2004/10/11


How many ml does your baby drink at a time?

My boy is 12weeks, also drink every 2 hours, 125ml, I tried to give him more but he just doesn't want to drink more at a time. He drank every 2 hours since he was born.
But he sleeps through the night only drink again at about 4 or 5am. (from 8pm)
Make sure that he drinks enough during the day, even if it is every 2hours. Maybe he will drink less during the night, also try rooibos tee, maybe he is just thursty.

Maybe you should try another milk, I use "pelargon".

Good luck

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Posted by: Purple | 2004/10/11

Babies have growth spurts at: 3 weeks, 6-8 weeks, 4 or 4 1/2 months, 6 months. At these times they feed approximately every 2 hours. A growth spurt will last for 4 days to one week, and then baby will return to their normal feeding pattern.

Don't give your baby any ceral or solids until s/he is 6 months old, which is when s/he will meet the developmental signs for solids: sitting upright well with support, grabbing for food off your plate, taking an interest in what you eat, able to put things directly into mouth.

Giving cereal or solids early will not make your baby sleep better - this is an old wives tale.

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