Our 5 week old breastmilk but bottle fed baby has started getting agitated about 30-60 mins before a feed, and showing signs of hunger. We had a really good 3 hour routine that lasted 4hours at night, but for the last 2 days he wants it 2-2.5 hours, and 3 hrs max at night.

We currently feed 110ml of breastmilk per feed (up from 100ml the week previously), but giving him any more causes him to be painfully sick.

Should we continue on the 2 hr routine, or try to increase his feed amount, or length of time it takes to feed?

asked 28 Apr '10, 04:50

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At that age, I would feed when baby is hungry. To me, it does sound like a growth spurt - both my kids did this at 5-6weeks and grew shortly after.

I read somewhere when my monkeys were smaller (possibly The Baby Book by Sears)* that a baby's stomach is roughly the size of their fist, so this may explain why he feels discomfort if you feed him much more than what you are. When our kids were tiny we only increased the size of bottles when they were regularly draining the bottle and obviously seeking more.

The thing about feeding schedules is they are great when they are great, but then baby changes them... :)

*I'll try and source this when I get home.


answered 28 Apr '10, 12:57

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+1 @Krista - I'd say the 4-6 week growth spurt, too. It can sneak up and sucker punch you if you're not expecting it.

(29 Apr '10, 02:21) Neen

+1 Great answer. @ Digiguru - hang in there and Krista is absolutely right. It's so nice when you get into a routine BUT at this age, try to not get too comfortable with it b/c of all of the darn growth spurts. Just go with the flow for the first 3-4 months and things will even out.

(08 May '10, 00:43) JBunky
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