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Not Enough? Too Much?

Feb 20, 2013 - 9 comments

At 5 1/2 months, Preston is eating approximately 4 x 8oz bottles per day. I haven't started him on any solids yet, because he's not 6 months old yet.

I guess I'm just wondering if he's eating enough per day. He doesn't seem to be gaining any weight over the last 2-3 weeks. I've been weighing him at home, and he's been kind of fluctuating in weight. One day he'll be 17 lbs 4 oz. The next time he'll be 17 lbs 2 oz. And then the next time he'll be 17 lbs 6 oz.

Does their weight gain slow down around this time?

Preston has a doctor's appointment in 3 weeks for his 6 month needles, so I'll inquire about it then. And we should get the okay to start him on solids then. I'd just like to know other mom's input to see what they think.

My older son Reilly has always been small, so I never worried about his weight.

This is probably just me over-reacting, and being a concerned mom, but any input would be great

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by hopeitworks, Feb 20, 2013
Well Quinlan was only 19.15 at her 1yr appt LOL. They tell me she has the model body long and thin(def not from me!!)
I always went with her cues, if she seemed fussy I would offer more, If he seems content I wouldnt worry but I did find this online :)

Here is a guide I found on baby center.com
How much formula by weight
In the first four to six months when your baby isn't eating any solids, here's a simple rule of thumb: Offer 2.5 ounces of formula per pound of body weight each day.

For example, if your baby weighs 6 pounds, you'll give her about 15 ounces of formula in a 24-hour period. If she weighs 10 pounds, you'll give her about 25 ounces in a 24-hour period.

These numbers are not rigid rules. They give you an overall average for what your baby is likely to require. His daily feedings will vary according to his individual needs – in other words, he may want a bit more on some days and a bit less on others.

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by Shannon79, Feb 20, 2013
lol nothing wrong with being long and thin. Wish I were!

I have found that some days he will eat closer to 35 oz. And other days where he will only eat maybe 24 oz. So I guess they're like us where we pig out some days, and other days where we eat hardly anything.

If I were to use that as a guide, I'd be giving him 42 oz every day! He's only ever eaten that much once, and that was a month ago.

Preston is bigger then Reilly was at the same time. At least 2 lbs heavier and at least 2 inches longer. So I think it's just me being paranoid.

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by MeYeah, Feb 21, 2013
24-25oz seems to be the average. I wouldn't worry. Around 6 months they have a growth spurt but right before that they slow. My son is almost 8 months and only 14lbs.

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by sisi2399, Feb 21, 2013
Mason will be 8 months on the 22nd and he is 17lbs.  I think Preston is right where he is suppose to be.  Dont worry!!!

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by Shannon79, Feb 21, 2013
Thanks girls. I think I was just being a paranoid mom.

We all want what's best for our babies, and I guess it's normal to just want to make sure our babies are thriving and doing the best they can

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by butterflybabies, Feb 21, 2013
I have heard and read that you should feed a baby more then 32oz a day of formula or breastmilk as its hard on the babys kidneys. You might want to ask your doc. Maybe giving him solids will help keep him full so he doesnt eat to much formula. My boys started solids right after they turned 5 months. They eat anywhere from 24-28oz a day. They never seem to eat the same amount every day.

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by butterflybabies, Feb 21, 2013
supposed to say Shouldn't feed a baby more then 32oz a day not should

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by Mom2boys1980, Feb 21, 2013

I wouldn't worry. Every baby is different. My daughter at about 6 months went through a strange phase of not drinking her formula. She wouldn't take the bottle, she would fuss and bite the nipple. I end up cutting down on the formula and add more water and it helped. As you see some babies get very hungry and others don't...if you see that's he's fussing add a spoon of rice cereal to the formula, it won't harm him in fact I think he will be a happy baby :))))
You're doing great :)

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by Shannon79, Feb 22, 2013
I've never heard that, butterfly.

I think we're actually gonna start trying him on some rice cereal this weekend. He is really close to 6 months. We'll see what that does.

I really don't remember how I did with Reilly because it was 7 years ago with him. I know we start with rice cereal, and just a couple tablespoons at a time and gradually bump it up. After that, do we go to the next step of cereal? Or can we start with fruits and vegetables?

Thanks girls :)

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