Baby Finishing Bottle

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Amy_mommy - May 18

hey! i have a question for all of you! my baby is 5 weeks old & she eats 4 oz every 4 hours & it takes baby at least 45 minutes to finish the whole thing. i'm soooooo tired & was wondering how long ddoes it takes your baby to finish bottle at each feeding??

 

nic nac - May 18

my dd is 4.5 months and sometimes it takes her 1 hour. I feed her 5oz every 4 hours. sometimes she eats in 10 min. but most times she eat 3oz first and the other 2 a half hour later. Annoying I know.

 

YC - May 18

Nic Nac my 21 week old is the same way. If she's starving (like her first bottle in the morning) she gulps it down in 10 minutes but other than that she likes to take her time. I would say about 45 minutes to finish the bottle. The nipple flow speed is fine..I guess she just likes to enjoy it. Nic Nac just curious how many ounces does your dd drink a day.

 

nic nac - May 18

she drinks 25 oz (5 5oz bottles). sometimes it's only 22 or 23 oz though. She is almost 13lbs and I think she should be eating more but I don't know. If she doesn't eat the whole bottle in 10 min., i offer it to her every 15 min within the hour to avoid her getting in the habit of snacking. If she doesn't finish it within an hour I don't feed her again until the next 4 hour time slot. Once they start snacking then they eat at random and it throws off the whole day. ugghh. YC, how much does baby weigh?

 

Amy_mommy - May 18

do u guys wake your baby up if she pa__ses the 4 hour time slot? or do u guys wait til she has hunger sign & then feed her?>

 

nic nac - May 18

her scheduling is good so i don't have wake her up if she is sleeping she wakes herself up. If she eats at 8 am and only drinks 4 out of the 5 oz, i wait until 12 noon. since she is on a 4 hour schedule the earliest she would get hungry before the 4 hour time slot is 3 hours and 45 min. If your baby isn't on a routine then I would wake her to help get her on a routine. If my dd doesn't eat the whole bottle within the hour then she usually eats 1 to 1.5 ozs at her next feed.

 

brmi0202 - May 18

I remember reading somewhere when my son was first born that if it takes then longer than 20-25 min to finish a bottle, then the nipple is too small. Maybe try the next size nipple and see how they do with that. If they choke and it seems like it is too fast, then go back to the other one. My son is 5.5 months and it takes him 10 min to finish 6-8 oz.

 

nic nac - May 18

brmi0202, in my case that isn't the problem. I went from stage 1, to stage 2, then I tried variable stage 3 thinking the nipple was the problem. I ended up back at stage 2 slow feed. she is doing fine on it but sometimes she just won't eat it all. I ruled out the nipple as an issue since she slow fed during one maybe two feedings.

 

YC - May 18

Nic Nac my dd turned 5 months yesterday. She is 15lbs. 6 oz. She drinks about 24-28 ounces a day but we just started her on solids so now she is drinking about 22-24 ounces. I am not sure that this is enough since the chart the the ped gave me says 4-6 months olds should drink anywhere from 28-45 ounces per day. She was in the habit of drinking 4 oz and every 2-3 hours. Our ped said that for her age she should be able to drink a 6 oz bottle and go at least 4 hours between each fee. He has us try this. We did this for three weeks and her time between each bottle stretched but no matter what she will not eat more than 4 oz at a time. Of course we do not force her. He said that's fine, just let her stop whenever she wants to stop and this is a good habit she will carry with her throughout adulthood. She had lots of tummy problems when she was born and the ped. thinks her tummy is smaller than most. We aren't concerend. I was just curious about other babies her age.

 

kimberley - May 19

my DD is 14 weeks, and she likes to slam it down fast...lol...she has done this from 3 weeks of age..I had to slow her down back then, as I was scared of tummy aches. They rekon feeding a new born, should take anywhere from 45 minutes to 90 minutes, this includes winding and changing diapers. As they get older, they drink a lot faster, plus from around 12 weeks they can get there own wind up, but you still must stop 3 times during the bottle for them to do this. If you are bottle feeding, and your little one doesn't drink the bottle within 90 minutes, it should be disregarded.....they say 90 minutes should be the longest you should persevere feeding the 1 bottle, if they dont take it all in this time...just end the feeding. Other wise you could be feeding all day, literally. I have always fed my babies on demand....if they sleep longer than 4 hours, I never wake them, also if they dont seem hungry (you know how you can tell when they are, crying etc etc) I dont feed them, I wait for there queue....but if they have eaten really well the feed before and seem to want feeding in 2 hours, I try to stretch them out as close to the 4 hour mark as possible...of course not in the first 6 weeks though. It just makes for an easier transition when dropping the night feeds.....All 4 of my babies, through using that method have slept through the night from 8 weeks......

 

Ca__sieSong - May 19

My dd is almost 5.5 months old and takes about half an hour to drink an 8 oz bottle. She is on a slow flow nipple. I've tried several times to get her on a faster flow, but she chokes and gets frustrated. She won't take it. She is eating a lot of solids these days though, so she is not drinking as much anyway.

 

AmandaManns - May 19

My son is 5 months old and I give him 4 oz every 3 hours, we have tried giving him more formula at each feeding but he just wants to eat every 3 hours no matter how much he eats. He can now hold his own bottle and he takes about 20 minutes to eat his entire 4 oz bottle but I do not notice it as much because he does it himself. He is on the Playtex Nurser bottles and still uses the Stage 1 nipples.

 

Ronni - May 19

Hi nic nac- saw your other post, where in NJ are you from? I am from west New YOrk, NJ

 

Dalinkwent - May 19

Ha! How cute! My son's nicname is "micmac". Sorta like nicnac. Anyway, on topic, is she dozing and drinking? If she is sleeping, I would just lay her down and let her rest. That is a bit long for a baby to be drinking actively. However, you are her momma and if you think she needs it, she probably does. mamma always knows best. GL

 

nic nac - May 21

i meant to say she eats 1 to 1.5 oz MORE at the next feed. I just reread what I wrote and it didn't make sense.

 

nic nac - May 21

funny dalinkwent. that is a cute nicname. Ronnie i live in roseland.

 

nic nac - May 21

Amandamanns, at 5 months old, your son should be on a 4 hour schedule. I had the same problem as you. my dd would eat 4oz every 3 hours no matter what. I tried to give her more formula but she wouldn't take it. Then i decided to wait 4 hours instead of 3, in the beginning she would still eat the 4 oz but by the next feed, she started taking 5 oz, then 5.5 oz, sometimes 6. Your baby is just used to eating every 3 hrs and you have to initiate the change. Unless your baby has reflux then you should try the 4 hour schedule.

 

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