Today, 12:17 PM
I do not think you need to worry about your baby overeating. Many babies gain weight very rapidly in the early weeks/months, and then the weight gain rate slows down considerably later. Baby gaining fast now does not mean baby is "overeating"- in other words, it is entirely normal. Since a baby controls the milk flow at the breast and thus controls their intake, breastfed babies can not be overfed, although a baby might be overfed with bottles if the bottles are given incorrectly. Hiccups and spit up are normal parts of being a baby.
The breast is nature's pacifier and babies are naturally going to fall asleep while nursing, as is nature's brilliant plan. Hormones are released when a baby nurses that calms and relaxes baby AND MOM. Some people look at this as a bad thing, but I have never understood that thinking. To me, this is one of the incredible benefits of breastfeeding- that one can so quickly and easily soothe an upset child and so easily gentle a child to sleep. Certainly there is no evidence of any kind that letting a baby "pacify" at the breast is a bad thing at any age.
But this does not mean a mom should not ever end the nursing session! If baby is "done" and just hanging out, or if there is a pressing need at any point, then no reason to not unlatch baby so you can do whatever else you might need to do- take a shower, eat something, use the restroom, etc. But there is no reason to do this if you do not want to. vital part of the breastfeeding...