Am I over feeding my baby?
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Carolyn - posted on 01/30/2011
If you are concerned about over feeding, just let baby nurse on the first breast as long as she wants, then when she pulls off, offer the wsecond breast.
When timeing each breast, you might be limiting her intake of hindemilk which comes later in the feed. This milk is more fatty and filling for baby. So by leaving her on the first breast as long as she will take it, her chances of getting that milk are better. If she is irritated by the slow flow, you can try breast compressions. Then if she still seems hungry offer her the second breast until she is full and pulls off.
A baby will take a full feeding, then guzzle a bottle because it is super easy to get milk from etc.
And as someone mentioned, giving the bottle could also harm your supply. Your goal should be to build your supply by keeping baby nursing for a full feed so that you can completely eliminate the bottle because you are producing enough milk to satisfy baby.
I agree w/ Kathy. A breastfed baby most likely will not overfeed, but it may be possible to overfeed a bottle fed baby.... NOT that you are overfeeding cuz I really don't know. It 'sounds' like a lot to me, but I have no real ability to judge the situation from here.
To Joanna Bedard, as others have said, my reason for asking the question was to get more information so that I could be of more assistance. I agree I should have explained myself better.
The baby is probably fine - most babies spill a little. I guess my point was, that there may not be a need to offer a bottle as well. That's why I asked.
Joanna - posted on 01/30/2011
I think Kathy may be asking that in order to help answer the OP. Such as, does she still seem hungry after nursing? Will she stay at the breast longer?
If a baby is still hungry after nursing, giving them a bottle will kill your supply. Letting baby stay at the breast as long as they want will help you produce more, and soon you shouldn't need the bottle anymore, and will be able to tell if baby is full since they dont overeat as much on the breast.
Stifler's - posted on 01/30/2011
Oh wow defensive much. I agree Kathy was just asking in order to answer the OP. A breastfed baby can't overfeed, they just stop when they don't want anymore. Bottle fed babies get the milk faster and easier so they just drink it because it's there sometimes. I agree if she's not regurgitating or irritable she's probably fine.
Firebird - posted on 01/30/2011
It is Shanice's business and hers alone why she gives a bottle in addition to breastfeeding. That has nothing to do with the advice she's looking for. Like most of the other ladies have said, if baby's keeping most of it down (of course there's bound to be a little spit up), she isn't likely over eating.
Anna - posted on 01/29/2011
A baby that young will let you know when she doesn't want any more, either by refusing to eat or by spitting it all back up. I'd say as long as your baby's accepting what you're offering and keeping most if not all of it down, you're doing just fine. :)
Sharon - posted on 01/29/2011
I believe babies are great self regulaters. They won't over-feed themselves, especially at that age. If she's spitting up most of it, then I'd say her tummy is pretty full, otherwise I think she's just a growing little girl :-)
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