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How often and how long do you have to feed a bottle baby. Mind born Monday evening is now eating an 6-1/2 oz baby bottle full. I feed him in the morning about 7:30am, the wife feeds around 12 noon, I feed him again about 4:30pm and at 9;30pm. Mom still don’t try to feed him. Just wondering how long it takes for them to start eating alfalfa pellets. I think about weeks if mama is involved , but here it might take longer?
 

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Jumping on this thread for help. I have 2 bottle babies.. Negative fecals... Came to me at 4 days old on Whole Milk. At about 3 weeks they both developed diarrhea. Vet put them on Multi-Mama Milk Replacer. Now we are at 5 weeks old and both still have severe diarrhea. I am staying ahead on the hydration with water. I have loose minerals and baking soda (one had bloat a few nights ago and we got through that). I've been giving Probiotics Paste (Goats Love the Most)... once a day in with their milk replacer (vet recommended). Today was day 2 of the Probiotics. I see "some" improvement but not enough that I feel like I'm on the right path. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Four times a day is good. Is he with his mom?
Yes, he is with mom but mom is a newbie at this and has no milk. This evening I’m am going to try the warm compress on her bag and massage, to see if it may be as suggested, congestion. The baby is eating a 7 0z bottle full of whole milk now. Another problem developed yesterday as the baby has lost his voice when he try’s to hollow. Do you think this could be pneumonia trying to set in or just his constant hollowing until he is hoarse.
 

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Yes, he is with mom but mom is a newbie at this and has no milk. This evening I’m am going to try the warm compress on her bag and massage, to see if it may be as suggested, congestion. The baby is eating a 7 0z bottle full of whole milk now. Another problem developed yesterday as the baby has lost his voice when he try’s to hollow. Do you think this could be pneumonia trying to set in or just his constant hollowing until he is hoarse.
They can get hoarse from hollering, same as a person can get hoarse from yelling. Keep a check on his temperature, look for runny nose or eyes, and listen close to his breathing for any sounds like raspy, congestion, and/or cough noises when you tend to or check on him.
 

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I started this thread, do I need to start a new thread? I didn’t take him to the vet. Am I missing something?
 

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I started this thread, do I need to start a new thread? I didn’t take him to the vet. Am I missing something?
Oh, I see , there is another problem going on with babies. I didn’t see it. Sorry.
 
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No, you don't need to start another thread. That was directed at another person.
Just got back from last feeding for the night (9:30pm) he drank 14 oz of whole milk. She drank over 12 oz earlier this evening (4:00pm) Mama comes over to smell him but still hasn’t milk for sucking. I warm bathe her bag and massaged her bag earlier this evening. It gave off a little milk ( a few squirts) I’m going to do it again in the morning and see if baby will suck. Long day, good night, and thanks.
 
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Just got back from last feeding for the night (9:30pm) he drank 14 oz of whole milk. She drank over 12 oz earlier this evening (4:00pm) Mama comes over to smell him but still hasn’t milk for sucking. I warm bathe her bag and massaged her bag earlier this evening. It gave off a little milk ( a few squirts) I’m going to do it again in the morning and see if baby will suck. Long day, good night, and thanks.
How much does this kid weigh? That seems a lot to be feeding a five day old kid.
 

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It depends on the weight of the kid. This is all just from what I’ve read (no experience) so someone can come along and confirm or correct this. But you weigh the kid, multiply the weight in pounds by 16 to convert to oz. Then multiply that number by 10% and divide by number of bottles in a day to get the oz per feeding.
For example, if the kid weighs 10 lbs you’d x’s that by 16 to get oz.
10 x 16 = 160
Then take that number and x’s by 10%
160 x 0.1 = 16 (this is the total oz per day)
So take 16 and divide by the number of bottles per day (let’s say 4)
16/4= 4
So that’d be 4 oz per feeding as a guideline. I’ve also heard you should feel their belly after feeding and it should be flat and firm. Not hard, not squishy. Hope that helps and that someone with actual experience can direct you a bit more.
 

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Agree with above, but tend to give more in the 15% of body weight range. For kids up to one month I give 4 bottles a day, at 5 weeks, three, introducing creep feed, minerals and hay, 8 weeks, two a day and 12 weeks one a day to weaning. Kids grow best on milk. Make sure you are following coccidia prevention as well. Offer a pinch of baking soda in the first bottle.
 

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Agree with above, but tend to give more in the 15% of body weight range. For kids up to one month I give 4 bottles a day, at 5 weeks, three, introducing creep feed, minerals and hay, 8 weeks, two a day and 12 weeks one a day to weaning. Kids grow best on milk. Make sure you are following coccidia prevention as well. Offer a pinch of baking soda in the first bottle.
At what age do I start Coccidia prevention?
 

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Agree with above, but tend to give more in the 15% of body weight range. For kids up to one month I give 4 bottles a day, at 5 weeks, three, introducing creep feed, minerals and hay, 8 weeks, two a day and 12 weeks one a day to weaning. Kids grow best on milk. Make sure you are following coccidia prevention as well. Offer a pinch of baking soda in the first bottle.
I never gave baking soda in any of the feedings she has had so far. Should I do it now or is this something I should have done on first feeding.
 
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