My 6 week old son had a doctor's appointment today. He weighs 15lbs and is
24" long. I was told he was in the 95th percentile and breaking all of his records in weight gain. He was born 8lbs 10oz , 21 1/2" and has put on weight fast since the very beginning.
My doctor told us at his first visit that he does not know when to stop eating. I am confused since everyone says that you cannot overfeed a breastfed baby.
He also has lots of gas, stomach pains, explosive poop, and is very fussy.
The past two weeks he's been wanting to eat every 2 hours. Sometimes sooner and sometimes he'll wait longer. He wakes up every 2-3 hours at night for his feeding.
I've given him formula 3 times to see if he would sleep longer (so I can get some rest) and he was hungry again after 3 hours.
My doctor's advice is to pump before feeding him since I have a fast let down. I tried that and he screamed for more so I gave him the other breast. And pumping before feeding him means I have to hear him crying extremely loud to be fed which breaks my heart.
I'm worried because all of the other moms I know have small babies and my baby is wearing 3 months already and will outgrow that very soon. I just want to know that he is going to be okay. That his growing will slow down. That this is not a sign of growth issues.
Do I keep feeding him as he demands and let him feed as long as he wants? Do I try to regulate his feeding?
I'm a first time mom and concerned. Any advice or support would help.