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Feeding Fluctuations?

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Feeding Fluctuations?

Hey all! Looking for some quick advice. My 4-month old seems to be eating less lately (maybe the last two weeks or so.) She used to take about 6-7 ounces of breastmilk, 5 feedings a day. She’s still doing 5 feedings a day but now the average intake is 4-6 ounces. Is it normal to slide back on the amount of milk she’s getting? She doesn’t seem unhappy and she’s definitely not losing weight. Just curious!!

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  1. I remember having some fluctuations at times. Even now (no longer breastfeeding), my son will go through days where he eats almost nothing. He seems happy, and he kind of plays with the food, but he doesn’t really eat it. Then he’ll have a spurt where he eats everything in sight and is still hungry! I would say just trust your instincts. As long as she’s happy and gaining weight appropriately, I think it should be fine. Also, I’ve read that your breastmilk changes to suit the needs of your baby. So whereas formula fed babies will need to increase their intake, breastfed babies may not because the nutrients are adjusted for them naturally. I don’t know how much truth there is to that, but it makes sense. I had friends whose formula fed babies were eating as much as 12+ oz. in a single feeding, but my son never had more than 8 oz at once. And he eventually cut back to 6-7 oz per feeding.

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  2. Hi Holly, how do you know exactly how much she is getting? Are you an exclusive pumper or these are only amounts she gets during the day when you are separated but you nurse when you are home/at night? The general rule is babies <6 mths should be taking about an ounce/hour with a goal of about 24-25 oz in a 24h period, which it sounds like she is probably getting, so it is probably fine. Watching her cues, making sure she is keeping up with wet/soiled diapers, and feeding on demand as opposed to a schedule can help reassure you and ensure she gets enough. Don’t worry – now you’ve jinxed yourself and she’ll start up with a growth spurt and be insatiable!

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    1. I am exclusively pumping, that’s how I’m able to notice. I’m sure if she was at the breast I wouldn’t have even been aware! As it turns out, I think she was actually sick the last few days!! Taking less food, taking longer naps, more poops than normal and a low grade fever. Other than noticing those signs, I would NEVER have noticed she was sick- she’s apparently an amazing no-fuss baby. She’s back to normal today.
      I am glad to know the info about an ounce per hour. I had never read anything online about how much is average, so that helps tremendously!

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