(Closed) is my newborn reallllyy eating too much????

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 17
1181 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Mrsgurzakovic:  Honestly because your baby is so very young and new, I would call another pediatrician or the hospital she was born at for a second opinion. It never hurts to get another professionals opinion. 


Personally if your daughter is crying it is probably because she is hungry. What she eats now will not go with her to college. IMO i would feed her. You will do more damage not giving her the nutrition she needs, than giving her too much (and I truly do not feel you can over feed an infant unless you are forcing them to eat). Having her cry, stressing and such is much more harmful. 


Post # 18
2814 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Formula fed or not, I think it *is* possible for a newborn to eat too much.

With my Dear Daughter, I breastfed. I did on demand. Often, breastfed babies cluster feed, so every time my Dear Daughter wanted to eat (which could be every hour or so), I fed her. She was also IUGR and wanted to eat constantly.

A few weeks in, I ended up at the lactation consultant because my Dear Daughter was CONSTANTLY wanting to eat, seemed uncomfortable, miserable, etc. I thought I must be eating something wrong, or something!

The consultant took one look at my Dear Daughter and could tell she was over eating. She looked like she was stuffed full!

I by all means thing you shold feed on demand, but there’s a fine line between that and over feeding, which is SO hard to navigate. Maybe it isn’t the case with formula babies, but my Dear Daughter was eating a lot because the breast gave her comfort and she liked to eat, but it was causing a viscious cycle.

At the advice of the lactation consultant, I began feeding my Dear Daughter only after 2-3 hours (this may need to be longer with formula babies). When she became upset and seemed to want to eat, I would distract her, play with her, bounce her, kept her busy to get her over that initial assumed cry for food ( i never just let her cry though)! It took a few days, but eventually she became a much happier baby and we got our feeding back on track!

going by how you describe your doctor though, he sounds like an old-school dick-head. I would find a new physician!


Post # 19
14 posts
  • Wedding: December 2013

I hate the “cry it out” crap. Babies under the age of 2 yrs are developing trust and the main people involved in tat development are their adult caregivers. (aka– when I’m hungry, tired, upset, ect. My mommy cares and will try to make it better.) if she’s hungry, feed her! (And dont let your doctor make you feel like a bad mom for taking care of your baby!

note: I’m not a mommy, but I have a degree in child development

Post # 21
7977 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

To be honest, I really wouldn’t worry about overfeeding when they are still so young. They probably need it for a growth spurt. They can slow down when they are a bit older.

But then, I am not a parent, so what do I know?

Post # 22
1280 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@Mrsgurzakovic:  As long as you are following the directions on the label, you should be fine. 

Post # 23
3367 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

If your baby wants to eat, feed her.  Babies this young do not have the ability to manipulate.  She cries when she needs something and it’s our job to meet the need.  Make sure her other needs are met and if she’s still hungry then feed her again.  Make sure you are following the directions exactly on the label.  I’ve never had any of my three children overeat to the point of vomiting.  In my experience, they stop when they’re full.  I’m sure he’s well-intentioned, but I’d look for another pediatrician.

Post # 24
1797 posts
Buzzing bee

I work with infants, and I don’t think your baby will overeat. A lot of the babies I work with go through a period of eating so much, and then suddenly they don’t want to eat anything at all. You will be happy she got those extra calories later because she will eventually become more active and want to spend more time playing rather than eating. She will thin out a lot. I wouldn’t fret over it thinking that you’re going to have an obese teenager just because she ate a few extra ounces of formula when she was two weeks old. Once you have a little bit more control over what and how much she eats you can teach her to have a healthy, balanced diet. 

Post # 25
298 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Mrsgurzakovic:  If she is two weeks old you ABSOLUTELY should feed her. There is no “self-soothing” capacities at this young, or whatever kind of spiel he is trying to give you. 

WTF is your pedicatrician thinking?! Get a new one!

Post # 26
6437 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

I agree that babies this young do not know how to manipulate. She is hungry and should be fed. Babies can take in quite a few extra calories when they are growing, and they need to eat on demand, not on an adult’s arbitrary schedule.

I Boyfriend or Best Friend my son, and did so on demand. He only was hungry every 4-5 hours, and yet he was FAT. He was ridiculously fat, but what could I do? He wasn’t eating too often, and I couldn’t regulate how much he got. His pediatrician just laughed and said he was a happy baby. When he got old enough to wak, he thinned out tremendously and no matter how much he ate I could see his shoulder blades and his ribs. He is now a normal sized 6th grader (well, quite tall, but well within the “normal” ratio for height/weight). A fat baby does NOT predict an overweight child or young adult.

Babies are not goldfish, and they will not gorge themselves until they are sick. If she is hungry, feed her. 

Post # 27
5790 posts
Bee Keeper

@Mrsgurzakovic:  I think you’re misunderstanding about holding her off for 3-4 hours right now. As she gets bigger she’ll eventually put herself (somewhat) on that kind of schedule, but not at 2 weeks. She needs the nourishment and you shouldfeed her when everything else has been done to make sure she’s comfortable (dry and warm). Eventually you’ll learn her cues, but its way too soon to expect much, so you just go with the flow.

Cry it out at 2 weeks. What is the Dr. thinking anyway? Please. I’d be asking to see someone else inthe practice (if there are other Drs.), and compare philosophies. They should be guiding you through this time and not making you more worried and stressed.

Feed her.

Post # 28
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

My baby is also formula fed and I found out at my first ped appointment after delivery that I was actually starving her when I fed her the amount the hospital told us to.  My daughter is 5 weeks now and takes 120ml per feeding, and eats anywhere from every 2-3 hours during the day and every 4-5 hours at night.  I feed her until she tells me she is done, which is normally by turning her head or pushing the nipple out.  At the beginning I was worried she was over eating, but my doctor told me that it is VERY rare for a baby to over eat and they will eat however much they need to fill their bellies.  It saddens me that your doctor told you to let your newborn baby cry it out and not feed her.  At this point, this is a basic need that you are responsible for!

Post # 29
1776 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Your baby is way too little to be “crying it out” in any means.  It can literally cause brain damage (the crying in that manner triggers cortisol, the same thing that is triggered from physical pain). I think what people said about spacing out the feedings is a great idea.  Babies usually cannot be “overfed” unless you are forcing them to eat.  Do what your instincts tell you and if you feel uncomfortable with your doctor, switch to someone else!

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