Hi, my baby girl simply will not eat during the day. She dream feeds at 11pm, and wake at 4AM and up for the day at 7AM at all of these feeds she takes 4-5 ounces. However, after the 7AM feed she only takes about 4-5 ounces for the rest of the day. She seems to be growing fine (50th percentile for weight and 75th for height). The odd thing is that she will eat when she is somewhat asleep (during the night). She has never been diagnosed with reflux because she has never been much of a 'spitter-upper'. She has had a cold for about the last 4 days but this problem was present before the cold started. What could possibly be wrong.

Side note: she has always taken a bottle even from 3 weeks she would take 3-4 ounces at every feed. I breastfed and bottle fed until 6 weeks but now she is exclusively on premade formula: Similac Sensitive

Any suggestions? I'm starting to get very worried and even concerned about dehydration.


asked 24 Jan '11, 20:55

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Hi Quinn, welcome to the site! Answers to this similar question may help you: http://moms4mom.com/questions/3636/help-my-baby-wont-drink-his-bottle-any-more

(24 Jan '11, 23:00) DazedandConfused

How much does your baby weigh? I recall that a baby needs approximately as much formula as 2 times their weight. Is it possible that she's getting most of the formula she needs at night and is subsequently less hungry during the day? Would it be possible to reduce the amount she gets during the night to see if she'll eat more during the day?

Here is an article from babycentre.com that might be helpful http://www.babycenter.com/0_how-to-tell-how-much-formula-your-baby-needs_9136.bc

Other possibilites could be the beginning of teething and it is not affecting her as much when she's half asleep, or she's congested from the cold.


answered 25 Jan '11, 16:25

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At 3 months she may well be going through a developmental stage where she's beginning to be more aware of the world around her, so while she's more alert she's just not interested in feeding.

Breastfed babies sometimes have what is known as a nursing strike where they simply refuse to feed for a while. The causes vary, sometimes some sort of change in routine can trigger one, or an incident where the baby was frightened while feeding, or illness or teething can put baby of their food. It is not unusual for babies in this sort of situation to be more willing to feed when they're sleepy, and sometimes feeding in a darkened, quiet room can help. Although your baby is formula fed it sounds pretty similar.

At a guess, if she is still having small amounts regularly during the day, she's probably not going to get dehydrated, but you should look for signs of dehydration if you're concerned, especially if the weather is hot where you are.

As Tammy explained she may well be able to get enough nutrients by feeding mostly at night.


answered 27 Jan '11, 16:24

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