Help, how much is too much to feed my 3 week old????

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

With my kids, if they wanted the food, they would get it. I was a breastfeeder so the food wasn’t measured and my DD wanted it often.

In regards to the weight, she became chunky and when she became mobile, she started to loose it.

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Aren’t all babies chunky? Babies will eat when they’re hungry and stop when they’re full, so I think you’re fine doing what you’ve been doing.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@SamanthaLovesJames:  They’re is a difference between cute, normal chubby baby, and fat baby.  If all you are feeding her is milk then there is no way she is a fat baby, she is absolutely cute, normal chubby baby.  Genetically fat babies are super rare and unless you are feeding her McDonald’s fries and shakes, she is most likely gaining weight like any normal baby.  If you are truely worried about her weight gain then make an appointment to see her doctor to discuss it but until then feed her if she’s hungry.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@SamanthaLovesJames:  I agree.  Feed her when she is hungry.  If baby eats too much or too fast, she will throw it up.  That’s how nature works.  It’s rare to see an overfed baby, as liong as they are getting formula or breast milk.  If you are worried about the rate of gain, call your pediatrician and report her weight and see what she says.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I think baby is fine.  Babies can’t naturally over-eat.  if they do, they spit up.  Their tummies just cannot handle the overflow of food.  Don’t worry… I think a little chunk on a baby is cute.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Babies can get a little chubby right before growth spurts. If your doctor isn’t concerned you shouldn’t be either. Her body will catch up with her cheeks.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I agree about letting your baby do its thing, but babies who are formula-fed get the nutrition way faster, so they can get more than they need, unlike breast-fed babies who are limited by how long the milk letdown takes.  If you’re concerned about weight gain (a pound in a week seems like a lot to me), then talk to your pediatrician and ask if feeding a little less (3-4oz per 4-5 hours like a PP suggested) would be harmful.  If not, you can always just serve slightly smaller portions.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

PP all said some good things.

I am sure you would appreciate some honesty.  Being a mom and a nanny the babies are usually eating 4 oz every 2-4 hours.  Closer to every 3 hours now with my 5 month old nephew.

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