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my 4 month olds appetite is this normal???? Brittany Eigenbrod Due February 22 (boy); Key West, Florida 22 posts
17th Jul '13

so i have recently started my 4 month and 3 week old son on baby food. i also breastfeed, he was exculisivly breatfed up until 2 weeks ago when i introduced rice cereal so that i could get some sleep at night. i know that i get 2.5 ounces to 3.5 ounces out of each breat every time and he eats every hour i would only give him the rice cereal at night before bed.this last week i started him on baby purees like pears sweet potatos ect. i now (only a week ago) have to give him 2 containers of baby food and nurse him on both breasts after. i only give him baby food in the morning once in the afternoon and one at night. but he nurses all day. and hes only 4 monhs and 2 weeks! not sure if this is normal but he has normal bowl movements after wards he is actually not a big baby AT ALL! and he seems content after the feedings just kinda looking for thoughts on this! thanks!

Zeke's Mama Due September 26 (girl); 1 child; Pensacola, Florida 5819 posts
17th Jul '13

Question. How do you know exactly how many ounces you are getting out of each breast? And to me, that sounds like a lot of food. But I could be wrong.

Squeaky McGee 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Indiana 65151 posts
17th Jul '13

Maybe he's going through a growth spurt. And I don't know if you know this or not, but pumping is not an accurate portrayal of how much milk you're producing. The baby can get more out than your pump can, so he's probably getting more than 2-3 ounces. Eating every hour does seem like a lot, though.

3 girls tormenting 1 boy 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Alaska 641 posts
17th Jul '13

Babies that young eat for the comfert and fun of it. You have to limit what baby eats. That's to much for their bodies to handle. You need to distract him with something else, some toys, peek a boo , anything but that's to much. Babies don't know when they are full so they will just keep eating.

Squeaky McGee 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Indiana 65151 posts
17th Jul '13
Quoting 3 girls tormenting 1 boy:" Babies that young eat for the comfert and fun of it. You have to limit what baby eats. That's to much ... [snip!] ... else, some toys, peek a boo , anything but that's to much. Babies don't know when they are full so they will just keep eating."


Lol, you don't put an infant on a diet. Really, though, he only needs breastmilk. He doesn't need all that other stuff at that age.

Jennybananna 2 kids; Gilbert, AZ, United States 25079 posts
17th Jul '13
Quoting 3 girls tormenting 1 boy:" Babies that young eat for the comfert and fun of it. You have to limit what baby eats. That's to much ... [snip!] ... else, some toys, peek a boo , anything but that's to much. Babies don't know when they are full so they will just keep eating."

So much wrong information in this. Breastfed babies actually know exactly what they need and will stop eating when full.



OP 4 months is still very young for solids and rice cereal isnt healthy at all. If you're insistent on giving it I would suggest oatmeal instead. Just follow his cues. Feed on demand you cant go wrong.

Squeaky McGee 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Indiana 65151 posts
17th Jul '13
Quoting Jennybananna:" So much wrong information in this. Breastfed babies actually know exactly what they need and will stop ... [snip!] ... all. If you're insistent on giving it I would suggest oatmeal instead. Just follow his cues. Feed on demand you cant go wrong. "


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Kelly&Coralie 1 child; Rochester, NY, United States 56009 posts
17th Jul '13
Quoting 3 girls tormenting 1 boy:" Babies that young eat for the comfert and fun of it. You have to limit what baby eats. That's to much ... [snip!] ... else, some toys, peek a boo , anything but that's to much. Babies don't know when they are full so they will just keep eating."


This might be the "wrongest" post I have ever seen



babies self regulate. They know when they are full. You never limit breastmilk or formula (unless there is a medical reason to)



If anything, it sounds like he is eating too much solids for his age. He wants more breastmilk.

3 girls tormenting 1 boy 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Alaska 641 posts
17th Jul '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Squeaky McGee [38 wks]:</b>" Lol, you don't put an infant on a diet. Really, though, he only needs breastmilk. He doesn't need all that other stuff at that age."</blockquote>




I never said anything about a diet. Feed that baby for sure. But babies don't know when they are full, some babies will sit there all day and eat. Some are going threw a growth spurt ya, but I don't argue with the doctors. I had the same problem with my first, she ate ate ate because that's what she knew. She has always been tall and skinny but if you gave it to her at that age she ate it. I have been threw this twice, babies eat eat eat they don't know when they are full. Even breast fed babies comfert feed. If you don't like my info ask the doctors I never claimed to be a professional I have just been threw it, and have seen many other mothers go threw it.

Jennybananna 2 kids; Gilbert, AZ, United States 25079 posts
17th Jul '13
Quoting 3 girls tormenting 1 boy:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Squeaky McGee [38 wks]:</b>" Lol, you don't put an infant on ... [snip!] ... ask the doctors I never claimed to be a professional I have just been threw it, and have seen many other mothers go threw it."

Not one doctor I have ever talked to has told me to limit my childs food intake under the age of 1. Unless they are throwing up and obviously overeating there is no reason to not feed them as much as they as often as they want it.

Hey TTC since May 2014; 5 kids; 6 angel babies; Edmonton, AB, Canada 3419 posts
17th Jul '13
Quoting Jennybananna:" So much wrong information in this. Breastfed babies actually know exactly what they need and will stop ... [snip!] ... all. If you're insistent on giving it I would suggest oatmeal instead. Just follow his cues. Feed on demand you cant go wrong. "


actually, my son is EBF too, and he eats and eats and eats till he pukes...:(

Jennybananna 2 kids; Gilbert, AZ, United States 25079 posts
17th Jul '13
Quoting TTC or TTA:" actually, my son is EBF too, and he eats and eats and eats till he pukes...:("

It happens but its very uncommon. The majority of babies self regulate.

Liam&Xander's Mama Due February 28; 1 child; Ohio 1061 posts
18th Jul '13

my 5 month old gets a total of 24-28 oz of formula a day, and occasionally 1 oz of solids a day.

Melissa 1 child; Michigan 1411 posts
18th Jul '13
Quoting Brittany Eigenbrod:" so i have recently started my 4 month and 3 week old son on baby food. i also breastfeed, he was exculisivly ... [snip!] ... he is actually not a big baby AT ALL! and he seems content after the feedings just kinda looking for thoughts on this! thanks!"

It's very normal for a breastfed baby to nurse all day long. It's still pretty early for baby food and if I ever did solids at that age it would only be once a day. If you mean that you know how much he drinks by what you pump, that's not an accurate measure. I have been breastfeeding my daughter for ten months and some days I can barely get drops to come out when I pump (I don't let down for a machine like I do for baby). My daughter nursed every half hour for the first three months of her life, so when it spread out to every hour it was like having a break lol

Brittany Eigenbrod Due February 22 (boy); Key West, Florida 22 posts
18th Jul '13
Quoting Khaleesi ♥:" It's very normal for a breastfed baby to nurse all day long. It's still pretty early for baby food and ... [snip!] ... every half hour for the first three months of her life, so when it spread out to every hour it was like having a break lol"


ya my sons doctor wanted me to pump from now on to know an accurate amount that im producing which is non sense becuase its not accurate! lol but from what i can get out of the pump is usually abt 2.5 oz to 3.5 ounces every 2 hours and i know my son is getting more than that but he does nurse all day!!! with the baby food he seems to know when he full he will start to slow down the just stop. so he does in fact know when he is full and he doesnt spit up either. he is having regular bowl movements ect. and he is also SUPER ACTIVE baby!