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March 7th, 2008, 04:40 AM
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Hi everybody and thanks for all the warm welcomes!! I had a question for you moms. I am having trouble feeding the girls. They are bottle-fed, and have been taking 3-4 ounces every 3 hours since they were 2 weeks old. It started getting difficult to get them to eat about a month ago (they would take 2 ounces, then push bottle away). I would usually be able to get them to eat a little bit more by changing the bottle to a different type (we have all kinds), or walking them around while feeding, or singing to them. That worked a couple weeks, then I resorted to syringe feeding them the remainder of their bottles. Now NOTHING will work. They will just spit it out. They will occ. eat "normally" (maybe 1-2 bottles a day), but the rest of the time I do good to get 2 ounces in them every 3 hours. They are 3 months old- and were born at 37 weeks 4 days. Weight gain has been good but that may not last since I can't get them to take the rest of their food anymore. Just wondering if any of you had ever encountered this kind of bottle aversion with your twins? If so, how long did it last? thanks!

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March 7th, 2008, 06:33 AM
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Is there one type of bottle they like better than the others? Have you thought about switching formula?

If there weight is good - maybe they are just not that hungry? I would probably call the ped. and get his advice!!!

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March 7th, 2008, 06:43 AM
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My one twin never ate more than 4-5 oz at a feeding. I figured she just wasnt hungry and only let her eat what she wanted.

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March 7th, 2008, 08:44 AM
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I wouldn't be much help when it comes to bottles, my twins were exclusively breastfed and I am BIG on the whole feeding on demand thing.. if you're really concerned I would definitely recommend calling your doc.

It could be they are simply not hungry, or maybe the formula isn't agreeing with them. Hope you find a solution - let us know!
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March 7th, 2008, 12:12 PM
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I did have problems with this but the pediatrician wasn't concerned as long as they were still gaining weight normally. Maybe try feeding them smaller amounts more often. I noticed their appetites came and went too.
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March 7th, 2008, 03:30 PM
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Hi everybody, thanks for the replies. I did take the girls to the doctor today. Everything checked out fine- she got their weights and said we would just monitor their growth. She wasn't overly concerned because everything else looks good, and they act fine. They have doubled their birth weights already. Just worried me but I feel better now. It seems like their appetites are just waxing and waning.
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March 8th, 2008, 04:39 AM
FoxyJennRN's Avatar Jenn's the name
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I was going to suggest looking in to silent reflux. Are they fussy and crying during their feeds?
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