is my newborn reallllyy eating too much????

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@Mrsgurzakovic:  Think about it in terms of when we as adults overeat if we eat really fast – our stomach doesn’t have time to send the signal to our brain that we’re full, then after we stop eating, feel overfull – eating way too much at Thanksgiving comes to mind for me 🙂

maybe have her take a break for a bit between ounces, burp her, etc. and see if she calms down. if not, I don’t think 3 oz is TOO much. If we’re talking 5-6 oz, then yes, probably too much. 

Her weigh in tomorrow will give you a chance to go over it with her pediatrician again too

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I HATE when pediatricians tell you to let your baby cry when they’re hungry. I think it’s AWFUL. If you’re extra hungry, you can get you own food–she can’t! She needs someone to feed her.

Unless she’s throwing up a lot of formula after her meals, just feed her! She’s probably in a growth spurt or heading into one.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I have zero experience with this but one of my friends does pace feeding…which if I understand correctly, uses a slow flow nipple on the bottle so keep a steady flow but gives the tummy time to realize when it’s full.

maybe that would help?

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I am not a doctor, and I breastfed almost exclusively the first three months (and then formula after that), but my daughter would cry and cry when I fed her according to what her pediatrician recommended.  I went out on my own and just fed her til she was content.  She was always top of the charts for her age (in all categories), but the chub went away when she was a toddler. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Dr. Brown’s are among the slowest. The problem with feeding without stopping is that babies WILL keep eating. That’s why (at least in part) obesity is linked to formula-feeding (or exclusively pumping), because babies don’t have to keep working as hard to keep eating, so they just keep doing it. It’s passive eating (same reason adults aren’t supposed to eat in front of the TV, etc.) I don’t know if I could wait a whole 30 minutes, but I think it’s worth waiting 5-10 to see what happens, and keep a close eye on her weight.  (This info is from my lactation consultant).

And yes, formula fed babies can be overfed and develop unhealthy eating habits. I don’t think it happens very often, but it does happen.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Mrsgurzakovic:  I firmly believe that unless you’re putting melted sugar and butter in her bottles, a fat baby is not a bad thing.

She’ll lose the weight when she’s older and rolling/crawling/not sleeping 16 hours a day. Until then, I’d keep feeding her when she’s hungry.

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@Mrsgurzakovic:  My nephew drank WAY more formula than recommended and was on the heavy side for his first 8 months (still within range, but at the top of it), but he was also very long. He started walking at 8.5 months and, while still tall for his age, is right in the middle of the pack in relation to his height. 

Here’s the thing- your doctor sees dozens of babies and has to give advice that is fairly general. Your baby is NOT “outsmarting” you- she’s a baby who is hungry. If she’s not putting on way too much weight, just feed the poor girl. 

 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

@Mrsgurzakovic:  The doctor’s been telling my sister that my neice is overweight since she was born. She was 8lbs8oz at birth and has been growing steadily since. She’s still in normal range, she’s just very tall and, for lack of a better word, big. She’s not fat or overweight, she’s just a big girl. Here she is with my mom at 9 months (Note: My mom is about 5’2″):

I really don’t think you have anything to worry about. Doctors just seem to like calling people fat. 

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

First, I think it’s sad that you have to ask people not to judge you for not breastfeeding. GAH!

Second, I think it’s AWFUL to let your baby cry because she’s hungry! Worst advice ever. I’m not a parent yet but geeze that’s awful. What I HAVE heard before is that babies and young children don’t KNOW how to over eat, their instincts are to eat when they are hungry, and stop when they are full. Also since she’s only 2 week’s old, as far as I  know she probably lost weight at first and now it’s good for her to gain that weight back. I’m no expert, like I said I’m not even a mom, this is just what I’ve heard from mom friends.

I guess I do have a question, maybe some other bee’s know this. Do various formula brands have different nutritional values? Such as is it possible that you are feeding her a formula that doesn’t have enough nutrients or protein or whateer they put in them? I have no idea if they are the same or not, but its worth a thought maybe. Not sure if it’s possible for babies to get more full from some brands than others.

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@Mrsgurzakovic:  Pediatric nurse here! I totally understand your stress; you don’t want your baby to feel hungry and go underfed, but you also don’t want to overfeed her. I’m not too concerned about the 3 oz volume that your baby is eating, however I am concerned about her wanting to eat every 1-1.5 hours. Formula fed babies should stay fuller for longer, and go between 3 and 4 hours between each feeding. Babies don’t know when they are full right away and if fed too much, they will start vomiting when given too much to eat. I would recommend finding a pacifier that she likes and using that to soothe her in between feedings. If she is still upset 30 minutes after eating, then try feeding her again but I wouldn’t go any sooner than that. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@MsJ2theZ:  yes, different formulas can have different caloric content. For example, Neosure (for preemie babies) is 22 kcal/oz, because they need the extra calories for catch-up growth, while formulas for term babies are 20 kcal/oz. 

Which made me think of another thought:

@Mrsgurzakovic:  what type of formula are you using? (not the brand, but powder, concentrate, ready-to-feed?) because if the formula is made too dilute then maybe she is getting more hungry because she is not getting as many calories? Just a double check, make sure you are mixing the formula properly if you are not using a ready-to-feed. It can be dangerous for babies to have too diluted formula because their electrolytes can get out of whack. 

 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I know all babies are different, but I fed my baby when she was hungry. Period. I didn’t feel like my infant was capable of “manipulating” me. She was hungry. I fed her. The amount you seem to be feeding her isn’t a lot to be honest. My baby ate and ate and ate. She had a little chub and was in the top percentile for height and weight. She is almost 2 and has evened out with all of her activty. I am not a doctor but I say feed her until she is content. 

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