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#1 smmaho

Posted 07 March 2017 - 09:05 AM

My little man is almost 5 months old and over the last few weeks he's become a bit of a fussy eater. According to the tin he should be having 210ml 5 times a day. He's only having anywhere between 120-180 each bottle. He is gaining weight fine and the paediatrician isn't concerned but I'm interested to hear if anyone else's bubs have this issue. Also how often is everyone burping their Bub throughout the bottle?

#2 Dustyblue

Posted 07 March 2017 - 09:22 AM

210ml x 5 feeds is a lot. My tin (Blackmores) says 180ml x 5 feeds for the 6-12 month age group.

My DS (8m) often doesn't finish a 180ml bottle and I give him the rest later. Overall he gets probably 80% of what the tim says, and he's growing fine.

Is he eating much in the way of solids?

If he's growing ok I'd ignore the tin.

#3 Dustyblue

Posted 07 March 2017 - 09:23 AM

Oh and I don't burb during a feed, just once he's done for that session :)

#4 smmaho

Posted 07 March 2017 - 09:25 AM

View PostDustyblue, on 07 March 2017 - 09:22 AM, said:

210ml x 5 feeds is a lot. My tin (Blackmores) says 180ml x 5 feeds for the 6-12 month age group.

My DS (8m) often doesn't finish a 180ml bottle and I give him the rest later. Overall he gets probably 80% of what the tim says, and he's growing fine.

Is he eating much in the way of solids?

If he's growing ok I'd ignore the tin.

We're using Nan comfort. He hasn't started solids yet and weight gain isn't an issue. He weighs 8.3kg and out on 500g over the last month.

#5 Dustyblue

Posted 07 March 2017 - 09:27 AM

Big boy! All sounds fine to me, not that I'm an expert at this either!

I think the manufactuerers just want us to go through the stuff faster, hence the high-end amounts they suggest.

Edited by Dustyblue, 07 March 2017 - 09:28 AM.


#6 Crazy4

Posted 07 March 2017 - 09:28 AM

The amount on the tin is usually more than what a baby of average weight would drink. It should be based on weight, I forget the calculation, somebody else might be able to advise. It's something like this -

Baby's weight in kg x 150/ 180ml (until 3 mths) 120 ml after
divide by no of feeds in 24hours

Edited by Crazy4, 07 March 2017 - 09:28 AM.


#7 MadnessCraves

Posted 07 March 2017 - 09:37 AM

I wouldn't be concerned about him not finishing the bottle, It sounds like it's time to move onto solids too.

I also wouldn't be calling him a fussy eater. Just sounds like he doesn't need as much as he used to. But 210ml over 5 feeds does seem like a lot.

If the paed or GP isn't concerned, I wouldn't be concerned.

Burping is dependant on whether they're chucky feeders or not. I had to burp DD regularly bc she was chucky, the more I burped her, the less chucky she was.

#8 seayork2002

Posted 07 March 2017 - 09:48 AM

My son picked and chose how much he would drink and when - as long as his weight was ok then I was not worried

#9 Hands Up

Posted 07 March 2017 - 10:12 AM

I wouldn't worry as long as he's putting on weight and has wet nappies. Babies (mostly) know what they need!

#10 smmaho

Posted 07 March 2017 - 02:39 PM

Thanks ladies :)

I'll be starting solids when we're back from holiday holidays.

#11 ~river song~

Posted 07 March 2017 - 03:11 PM

My 8 month old has only taken 120ml since she was 4 months old, won't take anymore at all.
The tin is a guideline only and often designed to get you to buy more when they recommended high amounts.
Follow your baby not the tin

#12 Prioritising Pooks

Posted 07 March 2017 - 03:14 PM

Look at the baby not the tin. It's perfectly fine to formula feed on demand just as you would with breastfeeding. My kids never resembled the guidelines!

#13 IkeaAddict

Posted 07 March 2017 - 03:30 PM

DS never followed what the tin said he should be having and now he is well and truly off formula he still doesn't eat the recommended amount of food each day. Some days more some less, overall it all balances out

#14 Living Type

Posted 07 March 2017 - 03:34 PM

5 month old having 5 feeds a day which are 180ml. She almost never drinks the whole bottle but is growing well and is happy

#15 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 07 March 2017 - 03:48 PM

My kids never fed by the Tim. The largest bottle they ever took was 150-180mls. They had bottles 3hrly during the day so 5 bottles a day.

A breastfed baby is not measured on how much they drink, they drink how much they want. I demand fed by babies on formula too. If they had had enough that was fine by me.

They are healthy 7,9,11yo now.



#16 Tayto2

Posted 07 March 2017 - 06:22 PM

My 12 week old is meant to be on 180 x 5 so 900 mls all up but she's averaging like 750 ish mls across the day, even tho she's a 90th percentile baby.  I was a bit worried as her sister who was the same size was draining her bottles as per the tub at this stage.
But, shes on nan comfort too and the baby nurse at the chemist (who I love! she's the best) says it's a heavier formula so they don't always drink as much. I was worried because I can't even see her finishing a 180 let alone trying to step up to a 210 but she said 800-900 mls is fine for them to peak at when they go on to solids (unless they want more!). Of course it's all dependent on the baby so I just make sure she is offered at least 800 mls across the day, check she is weeing and putting on weight and what she drinks she drinks!

#17 lozoodle

Posted 10 March 2017 - 12:31 PM

Don't go by the tin, it all comes down to the individual weight. None of mine had more than 180 x 4 from 4 months on. They just didn't want more, they were all chubby healthy babies. Trying to force the issue created stress for everyone.

#18 Oriental lily

Posted 13 August 2017 - 12:45 PM

My second baby girl was huge and every one thought I was over feeding her in both formula and solids yet she was taking no where near the recommended amount on the tin and only picking at solids . Frustrating and not helped that she didint start walking until 18 months old so she looked like this little summo wrestler shuffling around on her bum lol . Then she walked and became thin and tall within 6 months and at age of 9 still looks like that ( still not a big eater). She has kept her summo wrestler checks though lol . So yeah feed until they are happy and ignore the 'manufacturer recommendation ) .

#19 marple

Posted 13 August 2017 - 01:01 PM

With regard to the burping,I never did. Just picked up and put over my shoulder after a feed. If they burped they burped if they didn't they didn't. I'm not convinced its a real thing but lots of lovely cuddles after a feed are great .

#20 MadnessCraves

Posted 13 August 2017 - 01:07 PM

the most important thing is that they're gaining weight and wet nappies. when they have that, that's the main thing too.

Plus your doctor isn't worried!

Also, I noticed this is an old thread, so I hope the OP has been happy with her baby's intake since?

#21 Prioritising Pooks

Posted 13 August 2017 - 01:50 PM

View Postmarple, on 13 August 2017 - 01:01 PM, said:

With regard to the burping,I never did. Just picked up and put over my shoulder after a feed. If they burped they burped if they didn't they didn't. I'm not convinced its a real thing but lots of lovely cuddles after a feed are great .

It's a real thing, it just wasn't for your kids.

#22 Hands Up

Posted 13 August 2017 - 01:59 PM

My kids absolutely required burping.... by about five months it was only at the end of the bottle but in the early days it was half way through too.

#23 mayahlb

Posted 13 August 2017 - 02:03 PM

The tin is a guideline. My formula baby never took more then 180mls. 160 was the norm really. It's perfectly fine to just demand feed a formula baby and go by what they want. As long as weight gain is good and plenty of nappies they are fine.




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