Baby dropping feeds

by Lorraine mum of two

Hello, this website is amazing but it has not answered my problem...

My baby is 16 weeks old and 2 weeks ago he began refusing feeds during the day. It started as one feed then days later he was going 6 hours between feeds. Then he used to wake once at night and now he wakes 3 times a night. I think he is teething.

He used to feed every 3 hours throughout the day but now he has 2 feeds in the morning then nothing til evening.

He is slightly more moody when awake. Ive taken him to the doctors but they have found nothing wrong. He had chicken pox a few weeks prior to this. And before the chicken pox he refused some feeds for 3 days. But he always eventually took each feed, all be it a bit late.

I have tried positioning, laying down in which he took some feeds but has now begun to scream and arch his back as soon as he knows what is coming.

I have now taken to feeding him as soon as he wakes from a nap. He seems to take the feed if he is half asleep. The problem is I'm spending all day trying to get him to feed and sleep and i have a d3 year old daughter who is being side lined.

I feel horrible and think I'm getting depressed now, i have knots in my tummy when i wake in the morning. I don't know what the the day will hold, and cant organize anything for fear of putting him off a feed.

Ant advice would be great.... my health visitor says he has dropped a feed and is getting his days mixed up, but I'm not convinced, it came from nowhere, he was feeding like a dream before. Now I'm trying to get him to take a bottle but hes refusing that too... help!

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Jan 29, 2013
reverse cycling
by: Tracy, CBC, CLD (CBI)

Some babies do something called reverse cycling, in which they take in more calories at night than in the day.

If your baby is still picking up weight and having a few wet diapers every day, and you don't have a problem with waking up several times at night...then you don't need to worry.

Here are a few tips on how to cope with reverse cycling...

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