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Feb 24, 2009
How much should babies eat?
How much should babies eat? Some people tell me that they should eat 2.5 times their weight. So, if baby weighs 10 lbs, she should eat 25 oz in 24 hours. Does this apply to preemies? My babies are not eating that amount. Some people tell me that we should feed the baby ad lib, meaning on demand. Well, what if baby doesn't demand, or only demands 2 oz every 3 hours? I'm so confused. My babies can usually eat 2 oz then we have to persist with the rest of the bottle. With the ad lib, I'm afraid they'll lose weight. Or maybe their body only needs 2 oz and I'm overfeeding them? I don't know what to do.
Feb 24, 2009
Zack born 09/28/07 @ 31 weeks. Dx silent reflux @ 6 mo. Now not so silent. Switched to Elecare @ 9 mo. On Prevacid 15mg 1x daily. Looking to stop the puke and gain some lbs.
Puke stopped about 24 months and he's learning to eat...very slowly.
Still on prevacid and periactin.
In general babies tend to eat what they need, but not so much on this site. Myself and many of the mothers on here will atest to having kids without the usual hunger cues and that just don't want to eat like "normal" kids. Maybe there is reflux that is hurting them when they eat...are you seeing those signs? What does their refusal look like. If it is reflux, generally there are meds that will help. That said, you should take them in for weight checks to see if they are gaining...that's the only real test. I know for a fact that my son's metabolism is a little slower than most. There is no way that my son could consume what he is "supposed" to for a day...but he gains (slowly, but decently). Every kid is different. How preemie were your kids? If they were born before 34 weeks then they may not have the suck/ swallow down that well either! Good luck and keep an eye on the weight! :)
Feb 24, 2009
Adriane Reese 05/16/07; seemingly healthy when born; diagnosed with MSPI, severe Reflux, Apnea, Ashtma, Epilepsy, and severe food allergies(rice, corn, milk, soy, eggs, oats, wheat, beef, chicken, squash, pumpkin, avocado, etc.);On apnea monitor, seems to be tolerating RCF w/carbohydrate mixed in; on Zyrtec, Xopenex, Prevacid
I'm not sure there is a hard and fast rule for every child. When Adriane was 6 weeks old our doc wanted her to take in at least 20 oz. I thought that was alot considering her size and the fact that we just got her to orally feed earlier that week. He said that if we didn't get it we would have to go to IV feedings. I pushed her to eat and never got it. I think she only took in 16 oz. for weeks but she slowly gained.

I agree with the pp. It really depends on the child and if they are having pain with feedings. I would get them weighed regulary to make sure they are gaining and if they are gaining steadily then I wouldn't push it.

Feb 25, 2009
Shawna: First time Mom to Mallory (10/07/08). Silent reflux diagnosed at 2 months. Alimentum formula fed. Trial of Losec (minimal effect). Now Prevacid 1x/day plus Zantac 2x/day.
Lchang4: If you send me your email I can forward you a document from our health authority with feeding guidelines. It's helpful. It recommends 24-36oz in a 24 hour period. That being said, that's for 'normal' babies - which most of our LO's are not! We had (still do) increasing feeding problems with Mallory - fighting the bottle etc. and we started pretty much exclusively 'sleep/dream feeding' her. Wait until she's ready for nap/bedtime and feed her then. Many babies who associate pain with feeding while awake will do this and take in more when they are sleeping/sleepy. Something to think about trying. We actually had the opposite problem in the beginning before the reflux diagnosis in that she was taking between 40-50oz/day therefore gaining weight and it is very difficult to get a dr. to listen to you when your baby is 'thriving' (pain or not). Mallory has gone from 5 lbs 10oz at birth to 17 lbs, 1oz now (she's only 4.5 months) so everytime we go to the ped'n we get the same answer: she's not 'sick'. It's very frustrating. That being said, I realize that it is a much bigger problem when your baby refuses to eat so I consider myself lucky. Hope it gets better for you....
Feb 26, 2009
My twins were born at 25 weeks. One of them has reflux according to the NICU. She's on Prilosec and her milk is thickened with Simply Thick. She's on 24 calories breastmilk with Enfacare. She was discharged at 9 llbs 3 oz and now 1 month later, is 11 lbs. I feed her 110cc every 3 hours except at night, one 4 hour stretch. She does cry when she's hungry and does drink about 2 oz. Then, once she's not hungry anymore, she starts to play and smile at you. It's very frustrating trying to feed her. She also chokes on thin milk and the thickened milk. I've thinned out the thickness to about 80% and used a regular flow nipple instead of the Y-cut and her choking episodes are not as severe but still happens. My email is
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