Really, the key is just persistence. I had to go back to work after 3 months of leave and so my son was going to need to take a bottle with the nanny. He was exclusively breastfed and did not want to take a bottle at all. We worked with him, and there were a couple of occasions when my mother would watch him for a couple hours and she said he would take a bottle from her, but would never drink very much.
I didn't have a choice but to send him off and pray for the best. Day one, he seemed to drink just enough to sustain him until I got home to nurse, he drank 8 ounces during the 10 hour period I was gone. Day 2 he drank 12 ounces and finally by day 3 he was drinking the full amount and that's what he drinks now and its been a little over a month.
We tried several different types of bottles, thinking that was the issue and my nanny went out and bought a bottle that she thought he might like b/c he was having issues and she just wanted him to eat and he took it with no problems - funny thing is, it was the first bottle I had bought that he seemed to hate! So, now he uses those
You hear people say, "I tried "x" amount of bottles and this is the ONLY one he would take and it was the last one they tried. I am convinced that it isn't necessarily the bottle, but that the baby just finally accepted it and that was the bottle that you happened to land on.
Anyway, all that to say - persistence. Are you trying to get her to take a bottle because you are going back to work, or just because? Either way, just keep at it, and she will take it eventually. If its because you are going back to work, then you might just have to send her over and let it sort itself out - she wont go hungry, she will eat.
Pediasure is intended for children under the age of 3, but you should check with your pediatrician to see if it could be a viable option for your son.
If your current doctor isn't giving you suggestions on how to remedy the situation and is still concerned about your son's weight, I would suggest finding a doctor who take a more vested approach to the care of your child.View Thread
I would suggest going back to the pediatrician and seeing if there is another remedy you could try that wouldn't irritate your daughter, I'm sure he/she would know a lot more about alternative treatments than I would!View Thread
I agree with hgreenwood. When you want to worry is when you kid isn't on the percentiles chart!! But I think that whole thing is silly anyway, because children do all grow at such different rates, even between siblings there can be huge differences. So what this percentile rate means is that he is taller than 10% of babies his age, which is perfectly acceptable. You even said yourself that your pediatrician didn't seem worried - because its nothing to worry about!
My older son, Cameron, was in the 90th percentile until last year (he'll be 4 in July). By 6 months he was 25 lbs (he loved to eat!), and everyone talked about how fat he was. When he was 18 months, he would get mistaken for 4 yr old all the time. He still looks older now at 4 ft tall and 40 lbs!
The point is, stop worrying Your son is perfect!View Thread
That's really tough! When I was on maternity leave my little guy ate every 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 hours, though I breastfeed and didn't have to worry about cleaning bottles, it sure did seem like spent my whole day sitting on the couch feeding the baby!
Though Evan still eats about every 2-2 1/2 hours and he's almost 4 months old, I kind of expect that since breastmilk breaks up so much easier than formula. However, my oldest (he's 4) got formula and breastmilk and by 4 months he was eating 8 ounces every 4 hours (he was an eater!!).
I think trying to put babies that young on a schedule is really ridiculous, feed her on demand and 9 times out of 10 they will put themselves on a regimen. Just wait for her to show that she is hungry and then feed her, even at night. I promise it gets better!!!
I know it sounds silly to say, "just enjoy your time with them now!" but really, it's so true, before you know it they are 6,7,8 months old, crawling around, getting into stuff and flinging their mashed baby food at your face and you long for the days when they just laid there and you could stick a bottle (or boob) in their mouth!!View Thread
What about Pediasure? Is like Ensure for kids, so it gives them so extra calories, vitamins and nutrients that they need when they aren't eating enough and it tastes a heck of a lot better than formula!View Thread
I really don't think it's possible to over feed a baby, especially if you stop mid way through the bottle to burp them - which would give them a chance to feel full, if that makes sense. Like how if we eat and eat really fast, we could eat a lot and then feel really full (almost sick) afterwards, but if we take our time and eat slowly, we feel full quicker and don't eat as much because our bodies have time to process the amount of food we've eat and coordinate our senses.
Anyway, I think a sign of overfeeding is spitting up as well, and you said he isn't doing that. You also said he went from eating 1 ounce every 2 hours, to eating 4 ounces every 3 hours. Babies typically need an ounce every hour, so it sounds like he's right on track. My little guy eats 4 ounces every 2 hours, and granted, its breastmilk so I know there are some discrepancies there, but not too much.
I would feed your baby when he is hungry, their stomachs are so tiny, they don't hold a lot at once and formula is formulated differently so it typically takes a little longer to digest, which is probably why he moved to 3 hours increments, but overall, just feed him and if you're super worried, talk to your pediatrician, but at this age, they grow and develop so quickly, they really do need the nutrition!View Thread
Have your discussed this with your child's pedatrician? I've read that children with reflux need to be kept upright for like half an hour after feeding to make sure it stays down.
It is possible he could have a milk protein allergy, though I would steer clear of soy formula (soy is not good for developing boys), perhaps look into a lactose free formula. Whatever it is, I hope you get it sorted!View Thread