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#1 Minnie80

Posted 15 March 2019 - 09:38 PM


When my son was a baby, his feeding was very regular. He would have a bottle of formula every three hours, and a bit of pumped breast milk, but tiny amounts. He was considered a big boy and fed well.
My daughter's feeding is really confusing however. She gets pumped breastmilk as well. So, I would give her a bottle of 120 ml breast milk, but she would still be showing hunger cues. So, I would give her a 90 ml formula and she would take it all. I assumed that breastmilk was easily digested or something. But then at night, she would have back to back formula bottles? I've never seen my son have back to back bottles like that.
Yesterday, we took her to the pediatrician because she is very unsettled through the night and keeps moaning and grunting. And the doctor said that it's probably because we are overfeeding her! I didn't even realise you can overfeed a baby lol. I mean, she's giving me hunger cues (hand sucking etc) and when I offer the extra milk she takes it? Why would she take it if she doesn't want it? Can anyone advice me on this. I definitely don't want to overfeed her. How can I know when her hunger is real?

Edited by Minnie80, 15 March 2019 - 10:23 PM.

#2 BrainFart

Posted 15 March 2019 - 10:17 PM

I didn't think you could overfeed a baby !! Maybe some circumstances but as a general observation they drink when their hungry.

I've heard some babies get pains and appear hungry but the problem is caused by reflux.. might be something to query and research ..

Our nurse told us to use this as a feeding guide

Weight x 150ml / 6 feeds per day

So if they weigh 4kg, that's 4x150 divided by 6x bottles per day.. so 80ml bottles

If 8kg, 160ml x 6 feeds per day

Focus was on total daily volume so my bubs bottles ranging from 180ml to 250ml depending on how many feeds and their age.

It wasn't an exact science but gave me a guideline to apply as a base

#3 BottlesAndBooties

Posted 16 March 2019 - 12:27 AM

How old is your daughter?

I have been told many times by different professionals and books that you cannot overfeed a baby. As you say, if she wasn’t hungry then she wouldn’t be taking the feed. Sounds like you are doing all the right things with reading her hunger cues well - you’re doing a great job and making sure your baby is well fed!

I wonder if the grunting and being unsettled through the night is just simply due to wind, perhaps because she’s guzzling her feeds too quick and taking in too much air from the bottles? Have you tried different anti reflux bottles? I switched my son from tommee tippee bottles to the avent classic and never looked back.

Trust your instincts, you know what’s best for your baby

#4 Sweet.Pea

Posted 16 March 2019 - 01:09 AM

Does she have a dummy?

Sometimes all they crave is the sucking motion, so when you give them the bottle they will drink it. If you try the dummy, and she whinges/cries, then you will know that she is actually hungry.

#5 PhillipaCrawford

Posted 16 March 2019 - 05:43 AM

While I know everyone says you can't over feed a baby I feel my DD2 may have been an exception.

My 3 were all born 42 weeks + at 4kg or over and had very healthy appetites.
They were fully breast fed on demand so I never knew what quantity they were eating but basically if they sooked I fed them, i was never very good at determining what cry was what.

So No 3 would suck and suck. Obviously by the time the 3rd one rolled around my breasts were pretty good at milk production but she would literally feed until she was sick. Once i was feeding her and she brought up a huge amount, not a vomit as much as she overflowed. She didn't even stop feeding just kept right on going..
i decided with no specialist intervention at all (so I may be completely wrong) that she wasn't hungry as much as wanting to suck.
So she ended up with a dummy, still continued to put on weight and I no longer fed her with her regurgitating all down my side.

#6 AliasMater

Posted 16 March 2019 - 06:46 AM

My last 2 were grunty babies in their sleep, so noisy. The grunting was worse from around 4am. I was told is is normal, and meaningless. Not gas, not hunger, not pain.

They both grew out of the grunting at around 3 months.

#7 Crazy4

Posted 16 March 2019 - 07:46 AM

I don’t believe the ‘you can’t ovetfeed a baby’ line. Lots of hunger cues are actually tired signs as babies start to associate feeding and sleeping together.

#8 marley*and*me

Posted 16 March 2019 - 08:13 AM

I definitely overfed my first baby.  First time mum I just assumed you fed them when they cried.  

My sister helped to realise I was over feeding my son and helped me get him on a bit of a routine, and we gave him a dummy.  Turns out he just liked sucking.  And that babies cry for other reason than being hungry!

And he was also the noisiest baby while sleeping.  We had him in our room but after two night I wheeled him to his own room he was so darn loud!

Ps, my son was exclusively breast fed and he didn’t need to suck hard to get milk as for me it just flowed out, that kid just had to be near me and I was a flowin.  Due to my large milk volumes he was very unsettled, thus the crying, thus me constantly feeding him, thus him puking, thus him crying, thus me feeding him as he was cringing as he was vomiting thus me thinking he was hungry.  I was a first time mum and it was a learning curve.

Edited by marley*and*me, 16 March 2019 - 10:45 AM.

#9 laridae

Posted 16 March 2019 - 08:34 AM

I'm pretty sure it's possible to overfeed a baby. I think the line is actually its not possible to overfeed a breastfed baby. A breastfed baby won't such hard enough to get much out when full. A bottle doesn't actually need to be sucked for milk to come out.

#10 Soontobegran

Posted 16 March 2019 - 08:47 AM

Whilst I understand the good intentions from those who say you can’t overfeed a baby you can overfeed a formula fed baby, it is hard to overfeed a breast fed baby.
Babies love to suck, sucking on a hand does not necessarily mean hunger.
A baby’s stomach is tiny, formula tends to make a baby ‘feel full’ but if offered a teat to suck they may we’ll just keep drinking.

Minnie, do you have a dummy for your baby? Do you have enough expressed breast milk to provide for each feed?
Generally a baby who has too much milk whether breast or formula will either vomit, have diarrhoea or seem unsettled.
It is a fine balance between catering for the individual needs of a baby because they are all different and feeding them an amount that does not have a negative effect.

#11 lucky 2

Posted 16 March 2019 - 02:26 PM

You could try to bottle feed your baby in a way she can have some control over the flow and pace herself a bit, more like she would feed from the breast.
It's called paced feeding, baby is more upright and you hold the bottle almost horizontal with a bit of air in the teat near the collar, baby can pause if needed, the milk won't flow too fast.

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