Pedi Says I M Feeding My 3 1 2 Months Old Too Much

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QQ - May 4

Ladies, how much do you feeding your 3 and half month old baby? I called my pedi this morning since my son would only finish half of the bottle he used to drink half of the time during the day. She asked me how much I'm giving him and I told her 5.5 - 6 oz for every 3 and half to 4 and half hours a day. She told me I was feeding him way too much and 32oz a day should be the most. The way she talked to me made me feel really bad about myself as if I'm inresponsively indulging him to become an obese baby. But that is not the case at all. He is healthy and normal. In fact, he was said to be in the pet_te group at the last well-baby visit. I just wonder how much do your 3 and half month old baby eat?


Rabbits07 - May 4

So what are you suppose to do....feed him 32 oz. then just let him cry the rest of the day? If he is eating then obviously he is hungry. If he were way in excess then I would worry, but from what you've written I wouldn't think he is that much over 32 oz. (a__suming he isn't still waking every 3.5-4.5 hours at night at 3 1/2 months old). And if he is in the lower percentile in his weight and/or height, I certainly wouldn't think he is being overfed. I wouldn't feel bad if I were you. You are feeding your baby when he is hungry...that is what you are suppose to do. Maybe the pedi was just having a bad day and taking it out on you???


Emy - May 4

Yeah, I would not let the pedi make you feel bad. You poor thing! Every baby is different. That being said, maybe she is looking at the big picture and is just being over cautious. To answer your question, my 12 week old eat between 25-30 oz a day (closer to 30 on most days). But here is the catch. Sometime, bottle fed baby (more so than b___st fed babies) need to suck a lot. Sometimes, dd is still sucking at the bottle (when her 5 oz are almost up) and I will do a "switcheroo" before burping her with a pacifier. She will suck at it happily and not even realize she is not getting any liquid from it. This is how I know she is not hungry but just sucking. This helps her to not cry (like she is hungry) when the bottle is done. After a few minutes of this, she is usually ready to be burped. If, when I do the 'switcheroo" she cries, then I know she was still hungry.


pbj - May 4

I agree, as long as he isn't waking every 3 hours at night ten it is less than 32 oz. Just tell your 3 1/2 month old he's already eaten enough today, sorry no more until tomorrow. So stupid and just let you know, when my dd was 3 1/2 mths old she ate 6-8 oz every 3 hrs. (except at night, she sleeps 10 hours). Let me tell you she is in no way chubby either, she's very lean but long. Some peds are so worried about obesity, but the child is just eating formula. Don't worry about it and personally if she ever makes you feel guilty for no reason again I'd switch.


pbj - May 4

sorry not ten but then


SonyaM - May 4

I HATE Dr.'s like that. Where do they get off being so condescending. I don't think it is too much. My son is just turning 7 months old and I can't really remember how much he ate at three and half months old but I think it was even more than your son. Even now my son eats 6-8 ounces about 3-4 hours during the day and usually once during the night. I think maybe she misunderstood and thought he was even waking every three hours at night.


hmreyna - May 4

My 2 month old eats 32-36 oz a day and his ped. says its completely fine. My son is 14 pounds when we went for his 2 month checkup yesterday and his doc. says his nice and healthy and thats the way he likes to see babies. I would get another opinion or switch doc. if she made you feel bad. My son's doc had a completely different opinion.


Bonnie - May 4

32 ounces is generally the max they should be eating. Usually when they get hungry past this stage they are ready for solids. Many babies are ready at 3 months. I would start trying rice cereal in small amounts and see how he does. In the meantime, if the boy is hungry...feed him. :) Is his weight out of the normal range? My son is the same age as yours and we cut him off at 32 ounces, but he is already working on cereal...or trying to anyway. lol His weight IS off the charts at 97th percentile, but his height is 95th. He sees a GI specialist for reflux and she is not concerned at all about his weight.


shelly22 - May 4

My son's been eating that much since 8 weeks!! He eats 6 oz every 3-4 hours. He goes about 8 hours at night w/ out a bottle so usually he eats between 5 and 6 bottles a day which is 30-36oz. Some days more somedays less, if he's hungry I say feed him!! Some days my son eats 26 oz and one day he ate 42!! Just because they say to only feed him 32, what are you supposed to let them starve, some babies like to eat!! I agree w/ starting him on cereal, give it a try if you think he's ready, good luck


QQ - May 5

Thank you all, ladies. You have certainly made me feel better, knowing I wasn't doing something stupid or harmful to my baby. I guess I will just keep giving him as much as he wants when he needs it especially he is not chubby or anything at all. I think this is just the way he is.


Jilloh - May 6

my one month old drinks 4-6 ounces each feeding, our pedi said let him drink until there was something left in the bottle.


HannahBaby - May 6

you are supposed to feed baby on demand. If your feeding him every 3-4 hours he may not be hungry but will take the bottle anyway. Let him fuss a bit and make sure that hes hungry and not just fussin for some attention or a diaper change


Jmom - May 6

I feed my ds 4-6 oz about every 2 1/2 -3 1/2 hours depending on how hungry he is. He's almost 8 weeks old. When he's not hungry he refuses the bottle. He's only around 11 lbs (his 2month check up is next week).


Jessie V - May 6

My ped. told me when my son started to want more then 32oz. I could start cereal. He started that @ 3 months. He's now 4 1/2 months and has started fruits and [email protected] 2 weeks ago. I was just to the Dr when he was 19 weeks and weighed 18lbs 14oz. Which is big but the Dr a__sured me that he was fine(he weighed 9 11 at birth). As long as his weight and length were about even as far as percentiles go he was fine.



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