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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: www | 2007/08/06

Q.

Hungry hungry baby

Hi Doc,

I have a 1 month old baby girl. She's my third, and has thrown every curveball known to moms. I thought I'd breeze through this one, but she's proven to be a challenge indeed. ;-)

My worry is only this - she is forever hungry. She's breastfed, but she literally empties out both breasts and then still wants more, so I top her off with a bit of formula milk sometimes when she "asks" for it. Am I reading her signals wrong? Can she really be this hungry? I've always thought that rooting and smacking lips and sucking hands means a baby is hungry? And she's always happy to have more! Sometimes she drinks so slowly though, that her feeds literally run from the one into the next - one boob, the other boob, 75ml formula milk and then it starts all over again. No nipple confusion though, she sucks very effectively from the breast as well as from the bottle (Nuk teats).

She has about 5-6 dirty nappies a day and is awake for long periods of time - sometimes up to 2,5 hours at a time. She doesn't really sleep great either, because inevitably she'll wake up and be hungry every hour to two hours. Could this be right?

Also, she has a bit of a stuffy nose at the moment, I'm using Salex and it seems to help a lot, but do I need to worry that she's coming down with something? My 4-year-old and myself both have a bit of a cold/flu at the moment, what can I do to keep her from catching it?

Sorry for the long mail and many questions, but I'm only taking her for her 6 week check-up next week and I'm a bit worried about her eating habits. How would I know if she's overfed? Her stools are bright yellow, not green or slimy, and those were the signs I've always been told to look out for.

Okey, thanks - hope you can help me.
Kind Regards

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

She ceratinly seems to be a very 'greedy' feeder and her stools reflect this. The bright yellow colour and the frequency of her stools indicate this.Her blocked nose could account for her wakefulness. Use infant saline nose drops twice a day to clear her nose.She is demand feeding but seems to be rather overdemanding. The question here is she is getting enough milk from the breast that she still needs such a relatively large top up each time?It could simply be that she is one of those very eager feeders and there is nothing else wrong here.From your point of view she is tiring you out and it may be easier for you to formula feed her

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