feeding

Lisa - posted on 10/28/2008 ( 14 moms have responded )

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my 3wk old seems to be feeding more than is recommended, she is having between 8-12 feeds in 24hrs of 4oz each time, is this normal or should i be limiting what i give her? x

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Anastasia - posted on 11/08/2008

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My baby is 2 weeks old and i'm wondering the same thing too!!! I supplement nursing with formula and she seems to want to eat almost every hour but i was wondering if she is getting too much since she spits up enough even though we try to burp her every time. If she doesn't get enough, she gets really agitated & fussy and it is difficult to try to feed her when she gets like that. I wonder if some babies just eat or need more than others?

Jessica - posted on 11/06/2008

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I am having the same issue with my son. He is almost 4 weeks and has been taking 4 oz every 2-3 hours. He even gets hungry before two hours which worries me. I have been googling like crazy trying to figure out if his eating habits are normal. I have been feeding on demand because my son will cry hysterically if I don't feed him right away when he wants it. :) I hope I am not overfeeding him.

Trisha - posted on 11/06/2008

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hey! I was very curious about this too and having same issue but few days in week 3 and then again week 4 -- a good friend of mine said this growth hunger spurt is to help mum increase the milk production by demand -- as if putting in next months order! sounds good to me... I was worried he would drain all the milk and i wouldn't have enough for next feed but it keeps coming ;)

Tiffany - posted on 11/06/2008

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Actually, that is perfectly normal! Keep up the good work! You know what your baby needs better than anyone else! Trust yourself!

Jackie - posted on 11/06/2008

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normal for a newborn is between 24 and 36 ounces a day. thats just the average, sounds like your baby is above that but still very normal. I've just had my fourth baby, the other three are very healthy and not a bit over weight and they were all different. Like the others said if it were too much she would spit it back up. The amount she drinks every day will fluctuate greatly the first year so long as she is gaining weight you have nothing to worry about.

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My son is the same way. He eats a lot and often. About 4oz at every feeding. Don't worry about the recommended amount to feed. It didn't hold true for us. Babies know how much they need and they let you know. If it's too much they'll spit up. If it's not enough they keep fussing, crying or munching their hands. I wouldn't limit how much you give at this point.

Ashley - posted on 11/04/2008

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as long as she is not getting sick after eating all of that, I would say it's fine.

Becky - posted on 10/30/2008

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she's just a growing girl. eating makes her happy...and a happy baby makes a happy mom!

Lisa - posted on 10/30/2008

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thanks for all your responses, she is bottle fed but im not gunna worry so much wether she is over feeding now....if she wasn't hungry she wouldn't drink it I guess. x

Becky - posted on 10/30/2008

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With breastfeeding, if your baby is eating more often your body will make the milk more watery...so the baby will get the perfect amount of nutrients it needs every day! That is the most wonderful thing about nursing!

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my 3 week old is eating constantly! I read that most babies go through a growth spurt at 3 weeks.. who knows, but my little guy is eating every hour and a half

Cortney - posted on 10/29/2008

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I was at the doctor yesterday, he said breastfeed babies won't over eat. Bottle feed babies you have to pay more attention to.

Ruth - posted on 10/28/2008

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My 3wk old has about the same amount as yours, but less often. Don't worry too much about it. As I was told in hospital, baby will only take what she needs. For me, personally, I wouldn't limit what I give. But then, I have a supply problem(not enough milk) and have to supplement with formula. As long as your baby is happy and healthy, and you are happy and healthy, why worry. Things will settle down eventually. Enjoy the time you get to spend with her. It truly doesn't last long.

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