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Infant Care (up to 18 months old) Message Board

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By 7 months, I think my baby was eating a number 2 jar at breakfast and a number 2 jar at dinner. Occasionally I mixed cereal with her jars, but not often because she never seemed to need it. As far as her bottles went.... she was drinking between 4-5 ounces at a time.... lets see.... she nursed first thing in the morning, around 6, then a bottle at 9, 12, 3, 6, and 9.... something like that.... depended on what time she actually woke up.... but she usually ate every three hours. So doing the math, she would drink between 20-25 ounces a day. And she's been sleeping through the night since 3 months old.

All babies are different. My oldest took 8 ounces at a time by 7 months, eating every 3-4 hours, plus she was eating 3 number two jars a day, AND she still ate in the middle of the night! My middle child barely could finish 4 ounces at a time, ate every 4 hours, would barely finish two number one jars.... and she also ate in the middle of the night.

I would try feeding him more. If you absolutely can't pump any more than what you are doing (and I do know it's hard!), you might try adding formula too. You might also try giving him more food, although I've found with my baby, that if she misses a jar of food during the day, she still usually sleeps through the night, but if she misses a bottle, she's up and won't go back to sleep without one (sometimes it takes me forever to figure that out in the middle of the night too!).

Hope this helps! :)
May I suggest something?

I myself did the Ferberizing (semi-CIO). Ferber wrote that we all become creatures of habit - the body learns that it's supposed to feel hungry at certain times, etc.

A 7mo should be capable of not needing feeding in the middle of the night.

Since babies start out needing feeding in the night, and most of us acquiesce to the bottle (or breast) to get them to sleep, they can get in the habit of doing so even when they're old enough not to need it. The body gets in rhythm and thinks it should be fed at certain times.

Reading Ferber, he knew this is a common problem of having babies sleep through the night (and sometimes, the ONLY problem). So it's 1 of the "separate issues" he said should be dealt with before even trying the "CIO" part of it (when nothing else is stopping him from sleeping). I myself had to "wean" George off mid-night feedings. In my case, mostly breast. Also some bottle.

Ferber said to time the feedings if it's breast, and simply cut down by e.g. 5 min increments over several days. For bottle, cutting down the amount offered by an ounce or so. So, I went from 15 min to about 12 for a few days, then to 10, then to 7, etc. Until I was just rocking him a bit. It could take up to 2 weeks if you want.

Try that out. Then if he still awakens you can try a more serious effort, but don't go back to feeding him.

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