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Thu, Nov. 13th, 2008, 08:37 am
joylessroots: Growth Spurt

Hey, I know I just posted recently...

Just wanted to share what my pediatrician said and ask a question too...

But a lot of you were expressing concern about my daughter having 4 oz. or formula or my expressed milk at only 2 weeks old... when we went to the pediatrician he said that's okay, and she weighed in at 9 lbs., 8 oz. so she might just need a little extra food because she's growing so fast. He said something too about they eat about an ounce more per... either week or every other week, I can't remember, but every other week would make more sense... because he said also she shouldn't be having more than 8 oz. per feeding before 2 months of age.

Wah. So many numbers, but I just thought I'd share that in case it might be helpful.

I also wanted to ask about that 2/3 week growth spurt. We figured out that she's hit one at 2.5 weeks (she's 3 weeks today), and I know if you're exclusively breastfeeding the answer is to just keep nursing, or clusterfeeding, but it's a completely different ballgame now that we have bottles in the mix. Truth be told, I haven't had the need to pump since 11 AM yesterday, so I have a high suspicion that my supply is not only lowered, but maybe even depleted, but at any rate she's only been drinking formula for the past 24 hours.

Ah. Okay, I'm getting to it. With formula/bottle feeding, how do you tackle growth spurts? It seems like out of her 4 oz. feedings, she'll have 3.5 as of late, then wake up rather quickly, I'm not sure how quickly, wanting to finish the bottle, and not much longer she'll be crying for more, so she'll finish some or all of another 2 oz. that we'll offer her. She was feeding a lot last night, but in smaller amounts for the most part. The she also ended up sleeping 5 hours straight for the first time after all of that.

I just want to make sure I'm on the right track with all of this- demand feeding and whatnot.

x-posted: bottlefeeding, formulafeeders

Thu, Nov. 13th, 2008 06:53 pm (UTC)

My boy is 14 months, and I've fed on demand, and it's working really well for him. He actually got to 8 oz fairly quickly.

I didn't notice growth spurts - I swear he had a 3 month growth spurt at the beginning where I *had* to feed him every 3 hours at least, and it was at least 4 oz every time!

I think you're doing great. Keep feeding her every time she's hungry, and you'll start to see patterns in what she needs/wants... plus, a full tummy makes a happy baby. ;)

Sat, Nov. 15th, 2008 02:19 am (UTC)

Don't worry so much about the #'s unless she is not eating. If she is hungry just feed her.