Hey ladies! I usually stay pretty quiet on the boards, but I was hoping for some input from others who may have experienced the same thing.
A little info to start: My son Bryson will be 7 weeks old on Wednesday. He was fed formula and expressed breastmilk until about 3 weeks ago when my (very low) supply started to dry up completely. He is now exclusively formula fed.
I have been concerned because he has been eating every 2 hours during the day from the beginning. Once or twice a day he will go 3 hours in between feedings, but never more than that. He usually eats 4-5 oz, but sometimes acts like he is still hungry and eats a little more. He sleeps well at night and usually has one 7-8 hour stretch before waking.
He never spits up, but I have noticed that he has a lot of the symptoms of silent reflux. He has sour breath, wet burps, will suddenly act like he is in pain while eating and arch his back, etc. That, combined with the frequent eating, caused me to call the pediatrician.
A nurse called back and said the the silent reflux sounds like a possibility. She also advised me that we were feeding him too much/too often and told me that I should add rice cereal to every other bottle, give him 5 oz each time, and make him go 4-5 hours between feedings. She suggested that I try soothing him with a pacifier or swaddling him when he acts hungry until it has been at least 4 hours since he last ate.
On one hand, I don't want to feed him too much. On the other hand, what if he really is hungry? I know that it is possible that he wants to eat to sooth his throat or satisfy a sucking reflex, but it is also possible that he really is hungry. He is not going over the recommended 28-32 oz in a 24 hour period. I know rice cereal is basically a filler to trick them into feeling full. What if his body really needs the nutrition from the formula?
I am sorry this is so long. I want to make the right decision for my child, but I am having a hard time dealing with the idea of him crying out of hunger for hours before I feed him. Any experience or input would be greatly appreciated.