Babies: 3 - 6 Months

Baby doesn't want to eat during the day

So here's the skinny on my situation: over the last couple weeks, my 4 month old has NOT been interested in eating during the day. I can maybe get 16-18oz of formula in her and because of this, my once perfect sleeper, now wakes up 2-3 times a night to eat. I'm fine with that, BUT, she's slowly eating less and less during the day and more and more at night. It's like her days and nights switched.

My Pedi suggested that I decrease her night time bottles in the hopes that she will be more hungry during the day. This sounds nuts to me and I think it will back fire. I WON'T deny her food if she's hungry.

My question to you guys is has anyone had a baby that is just not interested in eating during the day and if so, what did you do about it?

I'm thinking I just need to wait for this to pass but maybe there is something I can do to get her feeding routine switched around and make her more interested in eating during the day.

Re: Baby doesn't want to eat during the day

  • Yes! My daughter has been doing this and it's frustrating. We offer her 5 oz at every feeding and she would only drink 2 or 3 oz. The problem is, we have twins so it was driving us nuts trying to feed her more often than her brother. She has always been good at eating when she is hungry and not eating when she is not- even in the middle of the night. So I wasn't too worried. We just kept them on the same schedule and wouldn't let her eat again until her brother did (3 hours usually during the day) and she started eating more. I did call the pedi one day when she only had about 14 oz and they said 12 ounces is the daily minimum but it shouldn't go for longer than a day. We brought them in, for lots of reasons, and it turns out they both just had colds and fluid in their ears so that could have attributed to her not wanting to eat. I have also heard that teething makes eating painful too? Good luck! Hope she gets her appetite back!
  • WillyBean said:

    Yes! My daughter has been doing this and it's frustrating. We offer her 5 oz at every feeding and she would only drink 2 or 3 oz. The problem is, we have twins so it was driving us nuts trying to feed her more often than her brother. She has always been good at eating when she is hungry and not eating when she is not- even in the middle of the night. So I wasn't too worried. We just kept them on the same schedule and wouldn't let her eat again until her brother did (3 hours usually during the day) and she started eating more. I did call the pedi one day when she only had about 14 oz and they said 12 ounces is the daily minimum but it shouldn't go for longer than a day. We brought them in, for lots of reasons, and it turns out they both just had colds and fluid in their ears so that could have attributed to her not wanting to eat. I have also heard that teething makes eating painful too? Good luck! Hope she gets her appetite back!

    My daughter does have a bad cold so maybe that's part of the problem! Thanks for your input.
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