Moving right along in the 12 Features of a High Needs Baby.....
When our little boy was 2 weeks old he was screaming up a storm and my husband and I thought we were going to loose our minds. I called his pediatrician because I thought he was having a lot of gas and I wanted to know what I should be avoiding in my diet to help. The doctor said it sounded like he had acid reflux and prescribed meds for him. We started the meds that day and saw a big change (although, that wasn't even close to being the end of it). When he suggested the acid reflux I was a bit perplexed because my son was HUGE! He was in the 95th percentile and not having any trouble gaining every month. One of the big symptoms of acid reflux is a baby that throws up so much that they loose weight, or a baby that won't eat because it hurts too much. I realized then and there that my son has determination as a strong personality trait. He was not going to let a little pain stop him from eating! (Although it didn't stop the constant crying either).
These days I would categorize my son as a great eater. He is currently dabbling in many different solids. With each new veggie or fruit that I give him he seems addicted until the dish is empty and I say "no more". He acts like I said something so mean to him. He gets a sad look on his face and cries. It caused me to ask his GI specialist if I am feeding him enough. He said it's clear by his continual growth that he is getting enough to eat. :) That's my boy!
Frequent feeding is a feature of a high needs baby because many moms soothe their babies by nursing them. I have read many things recently that highly praise this way of mothering a high needs baby, especially if you are nursing. They say that if a baby snacks often for comfort they are getting low caloric milk more often, as opposed to the high fat milk that comes at the end of a longer feeding. So it is regulated for them to fit their needs. Plus it helps keep them calm and it helps them to trust and bond with mommy.
Please share if your baby is a frequent feeder or not. What was your experience with feeding your baby? Did you stick to a schedule or did you feed them when they got fussy?