Post # 1
My little girl is 3 weeks tomorrow. Due to several factors, we are now only formula feeding. Since yesterday, she is eating around 110ml of formula at most feeds. If we feed her any less, she is super antsy and upset until we give her a little bit more food, at which point she settles down. At birth she was 6lbs 11oz. At her 2 week appointment she was 7lbs 3oz. I worry that 110ml is too much for her and I’m wondering if perhaps she is overeating. She doesn’t spit up, and she is happy as a clam once she’s had her fill and she’s never pushed a bottle away to show us she’s full (I will take it away if she falls alseep while eating). So I guess my question is: am I feeding her too much? Will babies that young overeat?
Thanks for any advice!
Post # 3
Babies eat until they’re full. Often if they have a little too much they spit up. I’ve worked at a daycare with 6wk-1 year olds for years and have never heard of a baby overeating. 7lbs is still fairly small. I wouldn’t worry about it.
Post # 4
@calgarymommy2b: They can overeat, technically- but the worst that will happen is they will spit up/throw up.
My son at 2oz (I don’t know CCs- sorry!)– and we just slowly would add another half ounce or so when we noticed he didn’t seem satisfied.
Trial and error- and as long as you’re not giving her straight water, she’ll be great!
Post # 5
@MrsN14: Thanks for your insight. I’ve read the same thing about spit-up, and she very rarely spits up after a meal, so I figure we’re good.
Post # 6
If you’re concerned about over-feeding then you can try pausing and burping LO after each thirty mLs or so so that her little tummy has a chance to recognise that it’s being filled.
There’s also a technique known as paced bottle feeding which is often used when bottle feeding breastmilk but it could be useful for you – here’s the link: http://www.kellymom.com/store/freehandouts/bottle_feeding.pdf