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Tuesday, October 12th 2010, 12:57pm

Help - DD feeding at night and not during the day!

Well it just goes to show that all babies are different. Mine are on exactly the same routine (4 hourly bottles during the day) but their behaviour couldn't be more different. Lottie takes an 8oz bottle 4 times a day and sleeps from 7.30pm through til 7am. However, Issie will only take much smaller bottles during the day, anything from 1oz - 5ozs, as a result of which she is not getting enough to eat during the day and is still waking up for 1 and sometimes 2 night feeds. Sometimes you'd think we were actually torturing Issie when we give her a bottle as she screams so much. She will usually take the first oz or so very quickly, but then she decides she doesn't want any more and we literally have to force feed her. However, at night, she guzzles a 6oz bottle with no problem whatsoever and has started waking up 4 hours later for another one. Clearly the solution to getting Issie to sleep through the night is to get her taking full bottles during the day but she just won't!

She did have a difficult start as she is allergic to cows milk and soya (both of which are in regular baby formula) so she suffered from terrible stomach cramps for the first 12 weeks. She was then on a foul hypo-allergenic formula and I don't blame her for not drinking it. We switched to something less disgusting a few weeks ago, but she doesn't take it any better. My theory is that she has developed the association bottle = bad/tummy ache/disgusting and that is why she won't drink during the day, but at night when she is starving, can't see it etc. she takes it much better.

Any suggestions????

I'm starting to panic as I go back to work in less than 3 weeks, and it is hard enough to cope with the tiredness at the moment, let alone when I have to do a demanding and stressful job during the day. Never did I imagine that my LOs would not be sleeping though at nearly 6 months.
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Tuesday, October 12th 2010, 11:52pm

Have you tried feeding Issie in the bedroom with the light out during the day, so she thinks it's night and maybe would be more relaxed about taking her bottle? Might be worth a try, though with another baby to look after it probably wouldn't be easy.

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Wednesday, October 13th 2010, 8:38pm

Thanks Chris. In fact, that is what we try to do (and I now have a full time nanny to help - woo hoo!!!) and it does help a little bit.
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