Christina - posted on 11/13/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )
My baby girl is one month old today. At birth she weighed 6 lb 14 oz., but after a brief stay in the hospital, she lost about 7 oz. in the hospital nursery. She is drinking formula and I'm feeding her 4 oz. every three hours. She has been having gas (both stomach and intestinal) and is generally fussy in the evenings at different times for different periods of time. Due to my having a C-Section, my mother-in-law is staying with us for a short while to help out (especially with this being my first baby). Anytime little Natalie cries my mother-in-law insists that she's starving to death. At her two week checkup she had gained 8 oz. and grew 3/4 of an inch in length. She's definitely growing, and absolutely filling out. Even if she has eaten a full bottle an hour prior, my mother-in-law absolutely INSISTS on her getting another full bottle. I understand that babies feed, obviously, more frequently than we do, but both my husband and I have dealt with weight problems our entire lives and I don't want her having the same problems. I know by instinct (even being a new mommy) that she should NOT be eating that much that frequently. I do not want her think that every time she is upset that she will be consoled with a food. Am I wrong for following my instincts? Should I be feeding her more formula more frequently? If not, how do I instill that she is MY child and I feel like I know what's best for her and don't want her overfed?