7 weeks old eating too much?

Brittney - posted on 06/22/2013 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Hello, My name is Brittney and I am a first time mom. My son's name is Ryland and he is 7 weeks old. Last time he was weighed he was 10.5 pounds. He weighed 8 pounds and 11.5 ounces. I just started him at 5 ounces because he just didn't seem to be full after eating and I was told 1-2 months should be eating 4-5 ounces. So he is eating 5 ounces now but he seems to be hungry after about 3 hours. Sometimes he'll eat the whole bottle and sometimes he just falls asleep after an ounce or two. I don't want him to eat too gain weight too fast and be one of those overweight toddlers. So I guess my question is if he's eating 5 oz and he's hungry within 3 hours is that normal? Am I suppose to make him wait longer, or do I feed him after 3 hours? I guess I'm just really confused on the whole when how much he's suppose to eat and how often. Any help would be greatly appreciated! thank you

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Kelly - posted on 07/08/2013

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Babies eat every 2-3 hours. And every child is different. With my now 5 year old, he was eating Full 8 ounce bottles by the age of 7-8 weeks.

Once the child starts eating some baby food, then bottle feedings become further between. If you were breastfeeding, feedings would be every 1 1/2 to 3 hours. Watch your baby's cues.

And you can't overfeed a baby, in my opinion. And you also can't actually spoil a baby with holding them too much.

Much love and light and many blessings to you and your little one!

*mom of three*

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Chelsea - posted on 07/06/2013

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I fed my daughter 8 oz every 2-3 hours because she would eat it. Some days she would eat only 4 oz or go through 12 oz. It depends. When I gave birth she weighed 8 lbs 11 oz. At 5 years old she is only 33.8 lbs. Babies will grow into the bodies they will have. The "baby weight" you will see is them just growing. They all get chubby at a certain stage in life and then grow out of it by about 3-4 yrs. No refined sugars and stay away from fatty foods as baby gets older and the weight shouldn't be a problem. You are what you eat. Treat your body well, and you will be healthy.

Aimee - posted on 07/02/2013

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Feed on demand, was always my theory. My son weighed 8lbs and ate every 2-3hrs. U can't overfeed a baby. These people that try to get a newborn on a scedule drive me nuts. The baby is in charge. They will tell u want they want. My son ate everything given to him as a baby. Now(7 yrs old) he is the pickiest eater in the world. Be thankful he wants to eat all the time! Lol

Chasity - posted on 07/01/2013

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let him eat as much as he wants, it wont make him fat... candy,fast food and sodas do that

Chrissyomari - posted on 06/27/2013

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It is hard to figure it out. I say feed him as much as he wants to eat. My son was a big baby too and ate a lot. Now, I am just happy when he eats anything because he is so picky sometimes. I was a "teeny" bit worried that he might be overweight, but I let him eat when he was hungry and now he never eats for the sake of eating. Now, I know that was the right decision because he's two and he's thinned out so much.

I don't think your little one will be an overweight toddler as long as you keep him active and if he's anything like my son, keeping him active won't be a problem. :)

I think that all babies eat every 2-3 hours. I had this book called "Baby Wise" that helped me out with an eating and sleep schedule. I didn't quite follow the sleep part, but it was really helpful in teaching about their little bellies and the science behind it without putting me to sleep.

Also, when my son first started eating food, I gave him lots of fruits and veggies. That is literally my saving grace now because even though he doesn't eat as much as he used to, he will eats lots and lots of green beans, carrots or any kind of fruit. He literally picks cantaloupe over ice cream! Crazy.

I think it's because he got a taste for it when he was a baby. Who knows?

Anyway, I wish you the best. :)

Jen - posted on 06/27/2013

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My daughter was 10 pounds 3 oz at birth and my son was 9 pounds 11.5 oz at birth, but they weren't overweight toddlers at all. Don't withhold food from your son, especially so young! He's not eating for pleasure, he's eating because he's hungry :)

Brittney - posted on 06/27/2013

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Thank you so much! It's hard to get things right. Especially being a first time mom.

Emily - posted on 06/26/2013

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My twin boys are 4wks old and the oldest one eats 3-4 oz every 2-3 hrs on average, but sometimes he eats 5oz. The younger and smaller twin only eats about 3oz, sometimes 4oz every 2 hours. I was concerned at first too that they might be eating too much and too often for thier age and size because of what my pedi had said.. every 4hours is what he told us they should be feeding. Pshhht, both my boys eat every 2-2.5 hours. If they act hungry, feed them. They wont over eat, and if by chance they do, you will know (spit-up).

Carla - posted on 06/25/2013

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Babies/toddlers know when they're full and they stop eating. I read an article about it how they outgrow it by age 4 or 5yrs old. I wouldn't withhold food from a newborn. If you are that worried, call your pediatrician's office and ask one of the nurses.

Denikka - posted on 06/24/2013

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Babies that age won't really over eat. They'll stop when they're full. Just watch for full behaviors like turning his head away from the bottle. That will give you the best indicator :)

Sarah - posted on 06/23/2013

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Most babies his age are eating about every 2-3 hours around the clock, so I would say he is pretty normal. A few babies will go 4 hour stretches, but 3 hrs is pretty normal.

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