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Alexandra is still only taking 4oz at a time and seems pretty satisfied with that. Her pedi talked about increasing her bottle size. We've tried offering her 5oz and she seems like she could care less! Haha. Have any of you tried to increase your LOs feeding amount? How did you successfully do so?
Eve is EBF, so I have no idea how much she's drinking per feeding. If Alexandra is totally refusing the extra ounce, I don't really know how you could make her drink it. If she's full, she's full, KWIM? Does she need to drink more to gain weight or what was the reasoning?
Emma is at 7 ounces. She did it on her own. Basically I would feed her and when she was done she would fuss like she was still hungry especially when after two days she sucked every feed down to nothing. So I knew it was time to go up an ounce. and then after a couple of weeks she would repeat the process. I never force more that she wants. She eats about every 3-4 hours and in the evening she has some rice cereal and bananas or applesauce.
other than that I am not sure what to do, especially since I feed on demand.
Sonja mama to 10
"Emma Faith" 11/2/12 8lbs 11oz 19inches
I wouldn't force feed her either. Babies are good at self-regulating how much they intake. Forcing her to drink too much is like making her be a member of the "clean plate club" and can set her up for bad eating habits later in life. She'll increase when she's ready.
I went by cues. Even though he's bf, he gets bottles with dad and at daycare. So when he still acted hungry we tried giving him more in his bottle and he drank it up, that's when we knew for sure that it was time to increase.
Our pedi is actually the one who is suggesting to increase how many ounces. I actually think she's considering us feeding her every three hours and thinks increasing it may cut down on that. Although I'd definitely like not waking up at 3am, I just want her to eat the amount she wants.
Jett was at 3 for a long time and totally fine. I started going up because I thought he needed more although he never acted hungry after a feeding. We tried 4 and he didn't finish so I did 3.5 for a few weeks then went to 4. I figured if I was pumping 4 he could eat 4.... We'll prob stay here for a while unless he acts like he wants more.