is it safe to overdose baby formula milk powder

Konie - posted on 01/16/2011 ( 15 moms have responded )

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baby is 3 weeks old, and the recommended scoops are 3 with 3 oz of water, instead my wife uses 5 scoops with 5oz of water, which is the recommended dose for a 2month old baby. is this safe?

The reason she started doing it, is cause she says the baby gets hungry quickly. any recommendations?



thanks in advance

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Amanda - posted on 01/16/2011

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I dont know what kind of formula your using, but the formula i use has a 1 scoop to 2oz of water.

Firebird - posted on 01/16/2011

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If the baby's still hungry, then it's fine if she eats more. Those are just guidelines, not actual rules since all babies are different. By the time my daughter was 2 months old, she was drinking full 8 oz bottles. As long as your wife is following the 1scoop formula to 1oz water ratio when she's mixing, then it's just fine.

Kate CP - posted on 01/16/2011

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A newborn baby (3 weeks) needs to eat small frequent meals, not larger ones more spaced out. I'd feed on demand at the suggested amount. If you try to over feed the baby just to get more time in between feeds you could cause a lot of stomach problems or get a fat baby.

Amanda - posted on 01/22/2011

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actually it is dangerous unless told by the dr to do it for so long, it can cause kidney problems or constipation.

Karen - posted on 01/16/2011

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a baby that young will not eat more then he/she needs, so if your wife suspects she's still hungry and offers her more it won't hurt. if baby's hungry she'll take it if she's not she'll stop. as long as the ratio of formula to water is followed by directions there's no harm. all babies eat different amounts, some more (like mine did - 5ozs every 4hrs by one week) some less like kate suggested , just follow your baby's cues. good luck and enjoy him/her!

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Michelle - posted on 01/22/2011

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Maybe call WIC and get someadvice too! They are really good at helping with this stiff and you really don't want to do anything unless given the advice from a professional. Just because others tried it doesn't mean it is good for YOUR baby. People also say mix in cereal with it and it will make them more full. THAT IS ALSO NOT recommended by doctors or WIC. THere are other safe things to do. Good luck

Jennifer Nicole - posted on 01/18/2011

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The doctors had me mixing my daughters formula with more powder than the 1 scoop for 2 ounces because she needed to gain weight. So it is not dangerous to mix more powder in. It just increases the calories the baby is getting, but you wouldn't want to get it too thick. Most important is to follow your baby's cues. They will tell you what they need.

Casey - posted on 01/16/2011

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So long as you not putting extra scoops of formula into the water and your still making it the correct way it doesn't really matter how much the baby drinks, when the baby has finished the bottle if they are still sucking then they need more, but you should always follow the guide lines when making the formula cause if you make it to strong then you can cause problems with their digestive system.

Iysha - posted on 01/16/2011

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as long as the powder to water ratio is fine then there is no reason to worry. you dont want the formula to be diluted or over concentrated. Some babies are bigger than others and need to drink more formula. My daughter was very small and drank less formula. I always used this mathmatical formula to guestimate the amount my daughter should be drinking. 2.5 X (baby's weight in pounds) = number of ounces in a 24 hr period. ex: at 2 months my daughter weighed 7lbs so 2.5 X 7lbs = 17.5oz in 24 hr period. She was small so needed less to become full than a baby who was, say, 9lbs at 2 months.

Stifler's - posted on 01/16/2011

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All formulas are different though. I've tried most of the formulas available in australia and they all have different amounts of liquid per scoop.

Firebird - posted on 01/16/2011

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You know Amanda, that's an excellent point, it's been 5 years since I've had to make a bottle, so I didn't even remember that it was 1 scoop to 2oz of water. Konie, check the label, and make sure it says 1 scoop to one ounce. Because if you're supposed to use 2oz of water, adding more powder than you're supposed to can be dangerous.

Krista - posted on 01/16/2011

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Double-check the label on the formula. It is very important that it be mixed PRECISELY as directed. It can be very dangerous if the formula is too thick, or too diluted.

But as long as it is mixed correctly, it is fine for your baby to eat a bit more than you'd think.

Stifler's - posted on 01/16/2011

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I agree with Kate. I let Logan eat however much he wanted and he ended up chundering it up a lot. The midwife was like just cut down how much you're giving him and if he's hungry in 2 hours let him feed again.

Danielle - posted on 01/16/2011

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It is safe as long as you don't over compensate extra powder without adding the water.

If the formula is to condensed it can cause serious digestion problems.

What we did with our formula was bought the can mixtures and bought a large Tupperware liquid canister. Then we made a full can at a time (1 can formula=1 can water) and kept it in the fridge. It helped because we always had formula pre-made and only had to warm it slightly, and if our little bub wanted more it was just a matter of pouring.



It may be something to consider to save time (especially at night). For the first two months we had two containers so when we were almost out of the first pre-made batch of formula we could whip up another to hold us over for the night time feedings.

It may look more expensive when you are buying it, but I think it makes the same amount as the powdered can stuff.

I hope this helps,

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