1 week old baby

Anna Lena - posted on 08/07/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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New born (1 week old) How many times do u feet him?

Well i am new in the motherhood and i was wondering how many times is normal and how many times it isnt normnal anymore.

Can a baby eat to much?

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Minnie - posted on 08/07/2009

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You put him to your breast whenever he wants it, ie: sucking at hands, rooting, sticking out his mouth, fussing, sticking out his tongue, etc. Crying is a late sign of needing tending to.



Newborns can be effectively attached to your breast 24/7, and pretty much should be.



I have found two hours to be unrealistic for a newborn, even my almost ten month old nurses about twice an hour, and she is exclusively breastfed.



The biological norm for feeding frequency appears to be a few minutes 3-4 times an hour. Not twenty minutes every two or three hours.

Alicia - posted on 08/07/2009

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First of all, congrats on your new baby and welcome to motherhood!! Feed whenever you think the baby is hungry, which could be a lot more often than you think. And at so young, it will likely be all night long too. I breastfed and was told they do not over eat--they will stop when full. Not sure if the same is true w/ a bottle/formula. I think the general trend is every 2 hours, but it might be longer or shorter and will likely vary throughout the day and from day to day. Usually a crying baby means either hungry, sleepy, needs a diaper, just wants to be held or is gassy. So if you think it seems like you just fed, check those other things first and if nothing works, try feeding. Only other thing I can think of is this...if after feeding the baby spit up a lot and often it could mean too much milk.

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Jami Lyn - posted on 05/20/2014

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I found that the answer is no, they won't eat too much. For me, keeping a solid schedule was the way to go for both our babies. With a good routine, we found that both our babies were able to relax and know what to expect and when to expect it. There are exceptions and you know when that is as mother, but the schedule that is right for your baby helps each individual baby feed sufficiently. I liked the site Babywisebooks.com in explaining the best part of schedules and routine.

Lucy - posted on 08/09/2009

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My little girl is 4 months old and nurses every couple of hours, sometimes its a few times an hour. When she was newborn it was pretty much 24/7 nursing!

Dana - posted on 08/08/2009

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Congrats on the new baby!! Just like everyone else says, you can nerver overfeed your baby. Mine just turned one 2 wks ago and eats constantly. I think it's awesome you're breastfeeding. Just remember when it gets tough and you think you'll never get any sleep, you will get through it. The first month or so can be hard but you will adjust faster than you know. Good Job Momma!!

Denise - posted on 08/08/2009

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with a breastfed baby, you just nurse when the baby wants to nurse. i have four children and nursed them all. I never fed them on a schedule. I just nursed when the baby wanted to nurse. They tell you to nurse every 2-3 hours for 15-20 on each side and that is good advice for a newborn because you want to get your milk supply up and going. Once you have that, don't worry, your baby will let you know when it is time to eat. You CAN NOT overfeed a breast fed baby, they control it. They suck one way for feeding and one way for comfort. As long as baby is gaining weight, he is eating enough. Congratulations on deciding to breast feed your child. It is one of the best gifts you could ever give.

Brandy - posted on 08/08/2009

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there is no such thing as "normal". what is normal for your baby will not be normal for the next. most babies actually lose weight so dont be surprised if at your 2wk dr appt he weighs less. those growth charts are a bunch of balonry anyways! dont ever listen to them! :)

Anna Lena - posted on 08/08/2009

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Thanks to everyone for all those nice answeres and u guys helped me out alot. Since i am new in the motherhood i sometimes just dont know and since my husband isnt with us right now i try to find answeres with other mothers.



I wonder what a normal weight is of a 1 week and 2 day old baby. Its not like he is fat its just that he is a big baby.

Nicole - posted on 08/07/2009

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Congrats! Being a mom is soo wonderful! Remeber you are his mommy and you do what YOU feel is best! If you want to nurse him whenever he wants to nurse then nurse. If your comfortable letting him "hang out" at the breast then do so. My daughter loves to just hang out on the breast, she is 13 1/2 months old. its comfort for her and mine as well. You are doing a WONDERFUL job. and remeber you are the MOMMY!

Rebecca - posted on 08/07/2009

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You cannot overfeed a breast fed baby as your milk is supply and demand. Newborn babies,up to about 3 months, eat 8-12 times in a 24hr period. Thats about every 2hrs. Just feed baby when baby is hungry and you will always have the right amount of milk for baby.

Minnie - posted on 08/07/2009

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No, you can't overfeed a baby at the breast- you can with a bottle, but not the breast.



And remember, breastfeeding is so much more than just nutrition and fluids-baby receives valuable growth factors and immunities, which are dose-related. And don't forget that your baby receives much-needed comfort at your breast- it is the perfect way to stabilize and put to sleep a baby.

Brandy - posted on 08/07/2009

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i wouldnt worry about overfeeding your newborn. newborns will actually lose weight the 1st week or two.

Anna Lena - posted on 08/07/2009

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Well i am in germany right now and i gave birth to the baby here too. I have midwifes here that pretty much tell me things and if i have questions they answer them. Well they tell me i cant ever feet the baby to much. My husban sayed that he thinks the baby is getting to big to fast and that i am feeding him to much. well he is just a big boy i think. And i just feed him whenever he makes a noise since my son doesn cry for some reson!!!

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