my son is 2 1/2 months old and weighs 13 pounds he usually drinks 4oz every 3 or 4 hours but lately he gags and plays with the nipple of the bottle after only drink an ounce or two. then he sucks on his hands and I'll try and give him the bottle once i see him doing that but i get the same reaction. what can be wrong? any advice on what i should do? I'm worried he's not eating enough and will start to loose weight

asked 03 Feb '11, 16:51

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+1 @Aly not sure I can help I seem to be going through something similar with my 7 1/2 week old. The only difference is that she is breastfed. As long as he keeps eating, even if it's less I wouldn't worry. Have you had his weight checked recently?

(06 Feb '11, 13:35) Tammy ♦♦

for the metric system people: 1 oz = 29,5 ml

(18 Feb '11, 03:29) Fisherman

I am having the same problem with my 4mo old baby except she is been refusing the bottle since she was 6weeks because she had thrush. She was treated with nystatin and fluconale for about 5 weeks because the thrush wouldn't go away. The thrush is now gone; she appears to be hungry but still refuses the bottle. Surprisingly, she is gaining weight; even though she only takes 1/2 of her minimal fluid intake. I'm still very concern because I'm afraid that she will get dehydrated- the Doctors don't appear concern since she is gaining wt. I have tried different bottles, nipples, breastmilk, formula, powder or liquid but nothing works. So i just keep insisting with the bottle for a few minutes until she starts gagging or crying.

I believe my baby might have oral aversion since she had the thrush for so long----

My suggestion for you is to try to find a cause such as mouth infection/ upset stomach, doesn't like the formula , or doesn't like the bottle/nipple. Also try different nipple flows. Try one thing out of time every few days. Consult your pedi is he is not voiding at leat 5x/day or if your baby appears to be feeding worse . Change pedi if needed---- My 1st pedi told me that thrush would go away on its own --and the only thing that happened was that my babies thrush overgrowth requiring long therapy.


answered 06 Feb '11, 17:34

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I'm not very familiar with formula feeding advice, but have you considered offering him smaller feeds more often? Perhaps he just gets bored with feeding after a short time. If he had 2 ozs every two hours he would be getting 4 ozs in four hours. Or you could try making his feeds more interesting by perhaps sitting by a window where he can see things going on outside while he feeds.


answered 17 Feb '11, 15:25

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