I have a 3mth old baby girl who is formula fed. She has been drinking her milk pretty well until just about a week ago when she suddenly seem to have difficulty in finishing up her feed. She has started developing this `sucking` reflex (as if she`s tasting something in her mouth) and keeps sucking on her fingers. When I give her her formula feed, she will suck for a shortwhile and then reject the bottle by using her tongue to push out the teat. I`m now a bit worried as based on her current weight of 4.9kg, she should be drinking on average 120mls for each of her 6 feeds in a day. However for certain feeds, she only takes like 80mls and that is also done by me having to hold the bottle in her mouth for sometime. I`ve changed the size of the teat to a faster flowing teat about 3 weeks ago (she had no issues drinking then) and have also tried another formula just in case she has develop a dislike of the taste of her current formula. I had been feeding her NAN HA GOLD since birth. This morning I bought Karicare and now monitoring if she will take to this formula. If not, i really am not sure what is wrong. She seemed happy and contented just playing in her baby gym during the day. Passing her bowel once a day as usual. Just concerned that she`s dropping her feeding. Am i over-reacting?
Figure 3.10 Average formula requirements for infants and toddlers
Answered: 29 Apr 2009