I’m looking for some tips on helping my baby boy get into a better feeding routine.
He’s basically fed on demand from birth, something which midwifes said he’d eventually fall into a better routine when a little older (around 8 weeks) as his stomach would be bigger etc. He’s never fell into that routine and will be 11 weeks on Monday.
At the moment he will take anything from 2-4 ounces from his bottle and looks for more milk 2 hours later (bang on the 2 hours he’s like an alarm clock!!) I’ve managed to push him to 3 hours in between but he still looks for the next bottle at the original time from his 2 hourly schedule. I’ve also tried giving him 5oz (which he’s only finished in one go once) and again 2 hours later he was crying for more.
He shows all the hunger cues of trying to eat his hands, trying to nozzle my neck if I’m holding him, getting upset etc. I do reckon a lot of the time he probably is genuinely hungry because he doesn’t take enough at feeds.
He’s started to sleep better at night. 8pm is the time he seems to go to sleep (or at least it’s been this way for around a week now) he’ll sleep anything from 4-5.5 hours although more often it’s 4, so back up around midnight. The next part is where it’s most unpredictable, he’ll take the full 4oz bottle with no issue at this feed because he’s obviously hungry, I keep him upright for 30 minutes as he’s got reflux then I put him back down and he can then either sleep for another 3-4 hours or some nights he’s then up every 2 hours looking for a feed.
I’ve read that getting him into a better routine with his feeds over the day should help with his sleeping routine (hopefully) as he’ll feel more satisfied, I’m just very stuck on how to go about this.
He won’t take a dummy so can’t soothe him that way, taking him a walk is a hit or a miss as sometimes he’ll sleep and let me stretch it to the 3 hour mark but other times he’ll just cry and cry. I guess I do realise that the only way to do this is for him to have to go longer between feeds so that he is taking a proper feed each time and satisfying himself, rather than little amounts each time and just basically topping himself up. I just have no idea how to go about it.
If anyone has any tips it would be appreciated. Thank you 😘