Our baby girl is 15 weeks today. She's been formula fed since about 8 weeks and it's been a struggle. Her doctor won't officially diagnose her with reflux but she spits up so much and can get really fussy during a feed! I think I'm trying to force her to take more when she really doesn't want it. After reading some of the threads here about reflux signs I'm convinced this is her issue. Yesterday after talking with her dr we decided to try a soy based formula. She's been doing well with it but has only been a day so will need to assess again in a few weeks.
She is doing fine with weight gain, was 6lb15oz at birth and is just over 12lbs now. She eats very little at a feed, 3 oz is her normal but sometimes only 2oz and sometimes up to 5oz. She'll typically take less in the morning and more later in the day. She eats best at night and will easily down 4oz because she's sleepy and relaxed. She is still waking for a 1am-2am feed and around 5am-6am as well so I don't feel she's getting enough. She's never gone more then a 4 hour stretch. Naps are normal, anywhere from 1hr-1.75hrs. We are having issues with her soother dependancy (she wakes for her soother often) as well but I have decided to limit its use to bedtime only and will focus on smoothing out other wrinkles for now- such as sleeping longer! and good feeds.
At this point should I switch to a 4 hour EASY? She can stay up anywhere from 1hr15 - 1hr30, sometimes 2hrs and is quite content. She's a very alert baby and fairly easy going - however when her sleep cues are missed she can be difficult to settle.
At night when she wakes I've been trying to shush pat her to sleep but usually end up giving in and giving her a bottle after an hour. Bedtime is usually between 7-7:30pm, typically do bath or bedtime wind-down starting at 6:30pm then bottle at 7 and into bed. I DF between 10-10:30pm. Last night she woke for her soother at 9:30pm and then again at 10pm so I fed her. The last 2 nights I've noticed she wakes at 12:50am (will keep an eye on that to see if it's habitual waking).. the first time I did shush pat and it was a fight the whole time so I caved after 1hour and fed her. Last night the shush pat was successful but then she woke again after 40mins and wouldn't settle so I fed her. She will usually drink 3oz at night so it seems she is hungry but I don't know how to tank her up enough during the day to get us through the night!
Any thoughts on this would be helpful! Thank you
Below is our typical EASY.. she will typically have some A time before E
E - 7am (can shift by 30mins either way)
A - 7:15
S - 8:30am-9:45am (usually wakes for soother 40mins-1hr in)
E - 10am
A - 10:20
S - 11:30am-1 (will sometimes wake around 12:30/12:45pm and play until time to eat)
E - 1pm
A - 1:20
S - 2-3:45
E - 4pm
A - 4:15
S - 5pm (30min catnap)
A- Start bedtime routine at 6:30pm both girls
E - 7pm
S - 7:30