Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas!!!
Things have been changing around our house. The boys have been sleeping from 1:30 am to 6:00 am giving Mom & Dad a little more (much needed) sleep. We also changed up the feeding times from 3 hours/8x per day to a modified 4 hour/6x per day schedule. Basically they eat at 4 hour intervals 4x per day & 3 hour intervals 2x per day. The reason that we changed the schedule is that I read on a couple of different websites that babies under 4 months should consume a maximum of 40 ounces per day.
As a rule of thumb, infants under six months who haven’t yet started solids should be taking 2 to 2½ ounces of formula per pound of body weight over a 24-hour period. So, if your baby weighs 10 pounds, that would translate to 20 to 25 ounces of formula a day; in a 24-hour period you’ll be feeding your baby about 3 to 4 ounces every four hours.
Kaleo & Makani each weigh about 13lbs. so their consumption was right on par with this suggestion. 32 ounces per day (4oz x 8). However, Keoni (who might be pushing 15lbs.) was consuming a little over 44 ounces per day (5.5oz x 8)!!! According to the recommendation Keoni should be weighing in at 17lbs. – Oh Hell No!!! lol 🙂
Kaleo and Makani each take up to 5 ounces (5oz x 6) per feeding, while Keoni is up to 6 ounces (6oz x 6). We limited Keoni to 5 ounces last week & he wasn’t too happy with that restricted diet! Now he is at 6 ounces, 6x per day! We will give them more if they show signs of being hungry (we have backup bottles ready) but so far, it’s working out better than expected!
This is what our day looks like now:
- 600 | 630 | 730 – Wake up baby, diaper change & feed (x3)
- 900 | 930 | 1000 – Breast feed w/formula supplement
- 100 | 130 | 200 – Diaper change & feed
- 500 | 530 | 600 – Diaper change & feed
- 900 | 930 | 1000 – Diaper change & feed
- 1200 | 1230 | 100 – Diaper change, feed & get ready for bed
With this new schedule – I take the 6am shift & help out with the 5pm feeding when I get home from work. Rachel has been doing all of the other feedings with help from her mom & other volunteers. During the week, I go to bed between 8 & 9pm, while Rachel is up until around 2am. She sleeps from 2-730am, while I wake up around 3am to move into the guest room to monitor the babies while they sleep. Hopefully we will be able to eliminate the midnight feeding soon and we will both be able to get a couple hours more of sleep per day. On my days off, I try to send Rachel to bed early and do the 9pm & midnight feeds and let her sleep until the 9am feed. I know it is not ideal but it is a lot better than it was! 🙂
That’s it for now.
We wish you and yours a Very Merry Christmas, Mele Kalikimaka…
Until next time – Mahalo Ke Akua
We have eliminated the Midnight feeding and we’re at 5 feeds every 4 hours starting at 6am!
Keoni is still our big boy and is up to 220ml per feed, while Kaleo & Makani are close behind at 190ml per feed…
Family Selfie (sorry, it’s a little out of focus!)