Posted in Bottle Feeding, Babies

Do you follow the required oz for each baby’s age?

Im beginning to worry coz my baby eats less and less at the start of his 3 mos. And I’m like a bottle police tracking every feeding and adding up the ounces. He can only take the most usually at an average of 24 oz per day. Is this ok? My pedia said he should be taking 29 oz now... last time we had a weight check, Doctor said he is on the 11th percentile, I feel like I’m not doing enough 😞coz he’s not gaining enough weight for his age. I’ve tried everything self demand feeding, changing the nipples, change the bottle temperature to warm, frequent feedings, you name it. He still consumes a maximum of 24 oz in a day.

  • Jessica
    Dec 25

    Can you try feeding less ounces more often? (2 ounces every 1.5-2 hours?) I would ask the ped what they think. You’re only 5 ounces off, I wouldn’t beat yourself up about it. Maybe he’s just not a hungry guy just yet. He is gaining, so that’s good!

  • Amanda
    Dec 25

    24oz a day is good. My baby is almost 7 months and has always taken 20-25oz a day. The doctor says that good.

  • Frances
    Dec 25

    I did, it’s either he’ll take half an ounce or nothing at all and would be fussy after😞

  • Elle
    Dec 26

    Awww poor baby :( So sorry for baby (and for everyone else in the house). Sounds frustrating for everyone. Two questions: 1. What percentile was he at birth? at 1 mo? (Should be in all his paperwork). Need that information; the 11th percentile figure alone isn't enough context for us posters here in the community to understand your situation and give good replies. 2. What is in his bottles? Absent the above info, two thoughts: 1. He might be teething. Ours started teething at 2 months (the first tooth didnt erupt until 4 months, and there was not excess drooling). An experiment you can do to confirm is to give him a (doctor approved) dose of tylenol (not motrin) and see if, once the tylenol kicks in, he eats more readily during normally scheduled feeding time. 2. Maybe gas is building up in his belly, causing him to feel full? You can try burping more frequently and giving gas drops (simethicone) before mealtime. Both fit your description of eating just a little and then showing signs up upset (fussiness) immediately after. To answer the question in the title of your post, we could never get baby to drink as much as the average guideline. The figure is an average intake, for average sized babies. Ours was a bit smaller (three maternal line generations of babies the same size/range in weight). More importantly, there was never a weight gain concern. She started out at 19th percentile and, after regaining weight after the initial drop, steadily rose to about 50th percentile over the course of 9 months.

  • Frances
    Dec 26

    I don’t see that from the paperwork’s they gave us, I delivered him at 7.1 lbs., 37 weeks 19 inches. At 1st month he was at 9 lbs but lost a lot after a few weeks coz we found out that he has a milk/protein allergy. He had a bad case of vomiting/diarrhea and we were hospitalized for 4 days. He was on IV as he was dehydrated and was totally uncomfortable with the milk. They have to switch him to an amino acid based formula so that he can tolerate milk. Thank god that worked and he’s been happy ever since. It’s just he’s not taking that much. Not producing breastmilk after a month as well. Tried everything (lactation supplements, pump every hr, drink dark beer, wat oats, fenugreek and what not. My supply just can’t keep up. He’s not latching as well, For some reason he doesn’t want to and he just cry everytime so I just pump. I can only get 2 oz at a time. plus I cannot restrict my diet without milk/ protein lately, I cannot breastfeed with those. Re teething, I don’t know the signs but he started munching his hands a lot when we reached 3 mos. But I tried touching the gums I don’t feel anything. Re gas, we burp him 2-3 times per feeding. But what I notice lately, his having small burps but I thought maybe because he’s not taking much? His weight now is going back and forth from 11.8 - 12 lbs. and he’s not steadily gaining. The last we had a weight from his pedia was 3 weeks ago. Up until now he’s not gaining any weight and has been steady 11.8 lbs most of the time.

  • Anonymous
    Dec 26

    Call your Ped, they need to tell you what to do.

  • Elle
    Dec 26

    Oh my gosh. What an experience you guys have had! Big, big hugs. Given those early issues, Id recommend taking him in to see the pediatrician. It seems your gut is telling you that something's up. Fwiw, the early teething can present no obvious signs when it's just starting. Babies can be very sensitive to the pain emanating from deep down in the jaw before they start to gnaw on stuff, drool, or anything can be felt under the gums. This may be why he's nomming or his hands... Or he might just find them enjoyable to nomm on. It's kind of hard to say. Best that a doctor can rule some things out, including some gut disorders that can arise around this age. :) Esp with everything you've been through, I hope it's something as mundane (and short-lived and easily-addressed) as teething!

  • Tara
    Dec 26

    Is he on formula? Could it be that he’s not properly digesting and/ or assimilating the milk; so rather than quantity, try a different brand that he may better break down? Also, I remember reading somewhere- but not sure if my foggy mom brain is misremembering, so do check it out- that formula fed babies start off gaining weight more slowly/ or not as much as breastfed babies, but this swaps at some point before 1 year, and they pick up pace. This was put down to babies learning/ developing to better digest the milk, that up until then, mostly gets poo’ed out in the early months. Regardless, does sound like you’ve had quite a journey, and also sounds like you’re doing a lot to help your baby. Please try not to beat yourself up about this. Hope some of these suggestions help...

  • Frances
    Dec 26

    Thank you everybody for all your wonderful suggestions/advice. To be honest, the first two months when we are the regular formula I was just sleeping an hour or 2 a day, pumping as much coz I know he doesn’t like the formula. But I really can’t keep up, the lactation consultants keep insisting to try and try but my baby really doesn’t want the regular formula or the breastmilk. It’s only after we had the tests from the hospital that we knew about the milk allergy and that we have to get a specialized formula. His pedia felt bad too when they knew we were at the hospital already coz they saw the signs they thought it was just a regular diarrhea that would stop after a few days and they still asked us to go back home and wait it out. But the night after our visit, he vomited a lot and passed out for a couple of seconds.. that’s the reason we were admitted. I was so scared I had to call the ambulance. He showed signs of life and didn’t turn blue but doctors did series of tests already. And they saw he wasn’t really eating.. so now, everytime he doesn’t eat that much I get worried😞 we have a we’ll visit come 1st week of January, I’ll definitely ask about this to his pedia.. hopefully, it’s just a regular phase or maybe who knows teething. 🤷🏻‍♀️

  • Cheryl
    Dec 27

    The only problem I get have with pediatricians is they treat every child like they are the same. If your baby is gaining weight and not hungry, you have nothing to worry about. Everybody is different and every BODY is different. Until then, just know that my son was 6 weeks early, so we obsessively tracked his food intake while in the NICU and for several weeks after. He took almost 3 weeks to get out because he wasn’t eating enough or gaining enough weight. All of a sudden, it clicked. I’m sure the same will happen with your baby. It will click one day. It’s very frustrating and worrisome until then. My boy did the best when we let him get hungry. I would let him cry for a few minutes before feeding him. When I did that he’d finish the whole bottle. Different things work for different babies