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Just concerned that she`s dropping her feeding. Am I over-reacting?

Hi Leanne
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?

Answer: Hi There, It is very common that bubs go off their feeds or seem unsatisfied when they are unwell or recuperating, or teething can affect their desire to eat, given their gums can be swollen. Sometimes bubs want to feed more often as the pressure can temporarily alleviate the discomfort, others less often, most come back to normal with time. Also sometimes there are times when there seems to be no reason for their change, they just seem to be fussy, these fussy times are now called the `wonder` weeks you can find more about on this site www.cyh.com just type the words into their search area. The main fussy times are 5, 8, 12, 17 and 26 weeks etc. Most often under these situations babies will continue to grow at their usual rate and come back to their usual routine shortly. There are really only very general guidelines for the amount of formula, all babies are different and at the end of the day your baby is your best guide, so take your lead from her. Below is a chart used to calculate a starting idea but remember it is just a guide.

Figure 3.10 Average formula requirements for infants and toddlers

Answered: 29 Apr 2009