Becky - posted on 09/24/2010 ( 111 moms have responded )
Ive realized there are two schools of thought when it comes to breastfeeding:
1) breastfeed whenever your baby will take it (for food, comfort ect)
2) only breastfeed when they are hungry
The problem is- My two month old son, Desmond, will breastfeed pretty much anytime I offer it to him. He is a very fussy/colicky baby so I am always tempted to just feed him during these times (even if he recently breastfed) because I know this will calm him down...am I wrong in doing this? I have done this before and when I do the reactions are always like "wow he is eating again?!" or "he must be going through a growth spurt" or "he cant possibly be hungry AGAIN"....or I just generally get the feeling that the people around me think I am over feeding my baby.
So breastfeeding moms out there: with all that being said - I just simply am not sure what to do. Ive been told that you cannot over feed a breastfed baby but is this really true??? Should I breastfeed my baby for comfort?? it obviously works, it is the only thing that will for sure calm him down, but Im not sure if I should be giving him food as comfort...but then Im the anti christ if I give my baby a pacifier for comfort instead. Moms- when it comes to this...what did/do you do and why??? I want to hear both sides because I am honestly unsure which way is best for our family.