6 Month Old Not Eating

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Chelle - January 29

My daughter will be 6 months old in a few days. At about 4 1/2 months she was in a good routine of eating 4 oz. every 2-3 hours and waking once at night to eat 5 oz. About a month ago her feeding amount started to decrease and she was waking more frequently. Now she's eating 2-3 oz every 2 hours or so and even that is a fight. She'll act hungry and eat the first oz. fine and fuss thru the rest. She's also waking 3 times a night now and eats 4 oz everytime. I'm guessing thats because she's not getting enough during the day so she's making up for it at night. She's formula fed and has just started rice cereal by spoon and eats about 1 tablespoon mid morning. Has anyone gone through this or have any suggestions on how I can get her to eat more during the day so she'll sleep at night? Thanks!

 

Trac - January 29

It could be that she is teething. I've heard that when they are first teething it can be uncomfortable to feed. Or, she may need to be burped after the first ounce. My son does that sometimes and usually if I just burp him, he will eat more. Yes, you are probably right if she isn't eating as much during the day then she is wanting more at night. It's probably just a phase that she will outgrow. Good luck.

 

FF - January 29

Yes! My son is doing this too!! He just turned six months, and this has been going on for about a month. He acts like he's starving, then it's like pulling teeth to get him to eat! His sleep habits are totally whacked out now as well, he's been waking up three, four, five times a night and sucking down bottles as fast as he can... I'm sorry I don't have any advice, just support and sympathy. I'm sure it's a combo of theething and growth spurt, but it's really hard to get through!

 

CEM - January 30

Chelle, I don't think there's too much you can do apart from just try to be patient with your little girl (not that you aren't already!). With babies, the eating thing can be tricky, like sleep. You can't really make them eat if they don't want to and the same goes for sleep. Like FF, I don't really have much advice for you - but lots of sympathy! I think it's probably just a phase that you'll have to ride out. Maybe you could try to find a food she's wild about, if there is one, like banana or sweet potato and see if she goes for that. : )

 

Chelle - January 30

Thank you all for your advice and support. Like you all said I guess I'll just have to be patient. At least she's gaining weight ok. FF, sorry to hear you're son is going through the same thing, I hope it gets better for you soon. Thanks again!

 

EM - January 30

I would go with CEM's advice...try some other varieties of foods (we were told to start with orange foods like sweet pot and carrots or pumpkin) Try and feed her solids late at night about an hour before she usually goes to bed (you may have to alternate bites of food with letting her suck the bottle). The solids late at night should help her stay full to sleep. My son is 8 months now and he eats a big dinner of solids at 6-6:30 and then usually drinks 8 oz at 7:30 or 8:00 and sleeps from 8pm to 8am! Sometimes he doesn't even want to eat right away in the morning.

 

HEATHER - January 30

Id say try starting her on more solids, especially at night. check out this website It helped me alot and now my dd is sleeping 8-9 hours a night with no wakings. http://www.lambtonhealth.on.ca/infant/menu4-12.asp

 

Chelle - January 31

Thank you Heather for the chart, it's a really good guide. I took all of your advice and tried giving her some carrots about an hour before bed as well as rice cereal in the morning and she only woke up once to eat last night! I finally got a good nights sleep. I really appreciate all of your advice. Thanks!

 

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