Jump to content

My DD doesn't drink much...
Any ideas?

  • Please log in to reply
9 replies to this topic

#1 Amy2010

Posted 27 March 2012 - 04:47 PM

Hi there,

My DD is 12 weeks today and she doesn't really drink a lot....it's not a new thing, she never really has.

We have been on formula now for about 3 weeks and before then she was on EBM.  In accordance with the equation of 150 x body weight / feeds she is suppose to be having about 750mls...she is just on 5kgs.  She is probably only averaging about 70mls per feed.  EVERY feed she stops drinking when she gets to 50mls, I have no idea why....it's like her stomach can only hold that much.  After a burp and a play (sometimes 30mins have passed) she might then take a little more.  Although then that pushes out the next feed as she isn't hungry.

I just don't know if I am to be worried....I've been getting her weighed and each week she has minimal gains (50 or so grams).  I just looked at her chart and she has now dropped to the 25th percentile.  I am just worried that she isn't getting all the vitamins etc she needs from only drinking 70 or so mls per feed.  

I know she can drink more as sometimes (rarely) she does take 100 or so mls a feed.  She is a happy bub (other than when she is in the car!).  The CHN thought perhaps reflux although she isn't in pain or showing any signs of reflux...and when she witnessed her having a bottle last week she agreed that it don't appear to e reflux.

Do you think I change formulas?  Any ideas on what could be happening?  Anyone else experienced this?!?  


#2 Marchioness Flea

Posted 27 March 2012 - 05:42 PM

Look at her tiny fist. That's about the size of her stomach.
Measure out 50 mils and see if it's about teh same size. I bet it is.
Those are GUIDELINES on the tin, as long as she's growing, weeing and pooing she's fine.
If she was fully breast fed you'd have no idea how much she was drinking.

#3 Amy2010

Posted 27 March 2012 - 10:37 PM

Yeah I appreciate their tummy's are only little although I guess I was just wanting to hear of any others in similar situations...as a lot of other LO's I know have no issues drinking more than 50mls.  I guess as she is sooo different from my DS I just had to question whether it might be the formula or other things.

#4 lucky 2

Posted 27 March 2012 - 11:02 PM

Has she always had a slower weight gain or just since switching to formula?
If it is since the formula would you consider starting to build supply a bit again, maybe not to where it is but ? some.
Is there any way she could be enticed to take your breast?
What does your CHN think?
Could you give her a ring tomorrow about your concerns and ? a different formula?
It does sound a little less growth than you would like, could you give her extra feeds, ie 10 x 70 mls is 700mls, it's one way to get some more milk into her.
All the best.

#5 ~ky~

Posted 28 March 2012 - 02:16 AM

My DD is 10 weeks, over 6kg and also eats very little. I am lucky if she has 600ml over a 24hr period.

She is having plenty of wet nappies, she is gaining weight and obviously growing so I'm not worried. Her poo is like that of a breastfed baby most of the time (quite runny with little "seedy bits" in it) so I guess her body just processes what she is getting from the formula extremely well.

She stops feeding when she has had enough. Most of the time, that is around 70ml.

If our babies were breastfed we wouldn't be so worried about the amount they were eating, just if they weren't gaining/having wet nappies etc. It's one of the downfalls of formula - it causes unnecessary concern if our child is having something other than the prescribed amount.

#6 premmie_29weeks

Posted 28 March 2012 - 11:45 AM

Like PP said if she is putting on weight, is generally happy and making lots of wet nappies and poos she is probably fine. Just not a big eater...

My only suggestion is perhaps try faster flowing teats? I don't know what bottles you are using, but I found my son got bored easily with the bottle at that age and it was a real struggle to get him to drink close to a full bottle for his weight. Faster teats meant I got more into him...just be mindful if you do change to a faster teat you'll need to be a bit more concious of burping time for a while till they get used to the faster flow....

#7 mnsr621

Posted 13 April 2012 - 01:51 PM

DD is 5 months and only drinks 700mls per day, she is on the 75th percentile, ( weighs about 7.5kgs) spoke to doctor who said all babies require different amount, and the tin is a guide only.  If she is happy chances are, she just isn't a big eater.  I would speak to doctor or child health nurse and just keep an eye on her weight.

#8 ~Supernova~

Posted 13 April 2012 - 02:43 PM

My DD never drank much at all. On a good day we'd hit 600ml, on a bad day we'd be resorting to syringes to feed her. She continued to gain weight (albeit slowly) and is now a happy, healthy 7yr old who STILL has to be pushed to drink more than a minimal amount. I stressed out so badly in her first year of life that I ended up with PND. The best advice I have for you is that if you have a happy baby, who is gaining weight and having plenty of wet nappies, then stop stressing. Every baby is different, and guidelines are just that, GUIDES.

My DS on the other hand...I get concerned he drinks too MUCH, at 5 weeks he is hitting 8-900ml a day lol poor babies, they can't win Tounge1.gif

#9 Amy2010

Posted 13 April 2012 - 03:36 PM

I thought I responded to this post....argh!  Thanks for all your replies ladies.  I have my days where I think I don't care as I have too many other things to think about and then I have days (like today) where I am slightly stressed about it....she has drunk 110mls ALL DAY!!  She doesn't cry and seems happy so who knows what to think?!?  I mentioned it to the doctor and she wasn't concerned and said she wouldn't be until she looses weight.  I trust that although there is an element in me where I think how can that be good only drinking such a small amount!  She is now waking sooooo many times in the night and when I try and feed her she has like 50mls  or less, hardly worth waking up for, lol!  I have tried different bottles and teats although that hasn't helped.  

I'm glad to hear others have had this experience...she just looks so little compared to others around same age (I know I shouldn't compare original.gif )

#10 Amy2010

Posted 13 April 2012 - 03:39 PM

QUOTE (Mareek @ 13/04/2012, 02:43 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My DS on the other hand...I get concerned he drinks too MUCH, at 5 weeks he is hitting 8-900ml a day lol poor babies, they can't win Tounge1.gif

I know what you mean - my DS was/is exactly the same!!  Maybe it's a boy thing!

1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users


Newborn baby found in a nativity scene

Police are trying to trace a woman who abandoned a baby boy in the manger of a church nativity scene.

Life would be harder without my kids

The Humans of New York Facebook page is well known for sharing touching, real stories from one of the world's biggest cities – and it's just hit the heart of parents everywhere.

Mum dresses as Wonder Woman for last day of chemo

A Brisbane mum dressed up as a superhero to celebrate the end of her chemotherapy and created a moment her family will remember forever.

How a raisin can predict a toddler's IQ

All you need to assess a child's future intelligence is a plastic cup and a raisin, according to new research.

Former Hi-5 member's cannabis hope

Former Hi-5 star Tim Harding hopes a cannabis-derived drug will help control his daughter's epilepsy, which sees the four-year-old suffering between 50 and 100 seizures a day.

The top 5 reasons your toddler throws a tantrum

Whilst to the outside world little people may appear to have it easy, it's actually not always the case – just ask any toddler who's had their toast cut up the wrong way.

Glenn McGrath thought he'd lost his wife and baby

Australian cricket ledged Glen McGrath has spoken about the moment he thought he might lose his wife, Sara and their baby daughter, Madison.


Inside my Centrelink nightmare

Mother Bec Smith has been trying for months to access Centrelink payments. A "serious error" is preventing her.

Warnings over push for hourly childcare billing

Australia's peak childcare body has called for caution around the Turnbull government's push for childcare centres to charge parents by the hour, not by the day.

Cate Blanchett thought about adopting for years

Cate Blanchett says her recent adoption of a baby girl had nothing to do with wanting a daughter after having three sons.

Kate Walsh: 'I can't have kids'

Grey's Anatomy star Kate Walsh has revealed she is unable to have children because she has experienced early menopause.

The parasite that could boost fertility

The Tsimane women of Bolivia are often revered as among the most fertile in the world - on average having 10 children in their lifetimes -- but some are even more fertile than others.

Family may sue cousin over genetics

A Melbourne couple is suing the Royal Children's Hospital for failing to diagnose a genetic disorder in their first child - an error they allege caused them to have another child with severe disabilities.

Strange things mums have done in labour

While most women in labour focus on the upcoming birth of their baby, some women do more interesting things.

Michael Clarke reveals baby's name

When Michael Clarke said he was wrapped around the finger of his little princess, he wasn't joking.

The logistics of breastfeeding twins

Our life is more or less divided into neat four hour parcels of time and it's hard to get much of anything done in the time between feeds.

How to stop people ruining Christmas

We can make a conscious effort about how we react to those curly Christmas day scenarios that can send us up the wall, or should we say chimney.

Lots of formula offers for desperate mum

The mum who was down to her last three tins of baby formula said she had received hundreds of calls and offers to send her formula.

Surviving breast cancer while pregnant

It was last thing Rebecca O'Donnell expected at 30 weeks' pregnant. One morning, while putting on her bra, she felt a pea-sized lump in her right breast.

Cot sheet brands for the nursery

With so many awesome cot sheet options these days, we thought we'd put together a list of go-to brands for you to seek out for your baby's bed.


What's hot on EB

How I survived breast cancer while pregnant

It was last thing Rebecca O'Donnell expected at 30 weeks' pregnant. One morning, while putting on her bra, she felt a pea-sized lump in her right breast.

Grieving father's letter to Bataclan terrorists: "...this little boy will threaten you by being happy and free"

A grieving father whose wife was killed in the attacks on the Bataclan Theatre last weekend has written an open letter to her killers.

5 challenges of motherhood - and how to see them differently

Despite the smiles, the sloppy kisses and the pure magic children bring to our lives, it's hard to deny that motherhood can be tough.

4 challenges of being a new dad - and how to face them

Becoming a parent is challenging – and that applies to both mums and dads.

My battle against antenatal and postnatal depression

I was five months pregnant when I realised I needed help.

Children swapped at birth will not be returned to biological parents

A boy and girl accidentally swapped on the day they were born will stay with the families who have raised them, a South African court has ruled.

A quarter of men believe they get 'man periods'

A British study has revealed one in four men believe they have a monthly cycle.

Baby deposit

How much do you need to save for a 'baby deposit'?

It's fairly straightforward to calculate a house deposit, but how much money do you need to save up for a baby?

Dad's beautiful note to his wife, a nurse

To anyone else it might just look like a picture of a mum having a nap with her toddler.

'I was a complete schmuck': Mike Baird opens up about his wife's postnatal depression

When his wife Kerryn was not well following the birth of their daughter, NSW Premier Mike Baird buried himself in his work.

Mum's desperate plea as whooping cough alert issued

A desperate mother has shared a heart-breaking video of her baby struggling to cope with a coughing fit caused by pertussis.

Coffee could help you live longer

New US research found people who report drinking three to five cups of coffee a day are less likely to die prematurely from heart disease, suicide, diabetes or Parkinson's disease.

The joy and dread of playdates

To live vicariously through your child is to rediscover anxieties you thought dead and buried.

Sick baby could die without scarce special formula, mum says

Lizzie Cann is down to her last three tins of a special formula in short supply.

Adorable toddler's strop foiled by squeaky shoes

We're probably all familiar with the pouty bottom lip and tightly crossed arms of a tot mid-strop.

More sex during World Cup created more baby boys

More sex during South Africa's World Cup meant a disproportionately high number of boys were born nine months later, a new study has found.

Win one of two ABC Shop prize packs in time for Christmas

What a boon it would be to have your toddler's Christmas gifts covered this year. We have two awesome ABC Shop prize packs to give away to two lucky winners.

Do fitness challenges really work?

Fitness challenges aren't new. There's Michelle Bridges 12WBT and a bunch of other programs if you really want to lose weight.

What are pregnant women Googling?

Pregnancy is a huge change for any woman, so it's natural we'll have questions - and turn to Google to ask them.



Can't decide?

Check out the Essential Baby Names section for some inspiration

Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.