Re: Hungry baby?!
Bad advice from the midwife. You do not want to stretch out the time between feedings, regardless of whether or not the baby is breastfed or formula-fed. If the baby is overeating, which can happen easily when you're using bottles and formula, you want to do the following:
- Feed on demand, but offer smaller amounts in the bottles. 2 oz very 2 hours is the same as 4 oz every 4 hours, but the baby won't be starving so long in between feedings.
- Use a slow-flow or newborn nipple on the bottles so that the feeding goes as slow as possible.
- Pause the feeding after every oz or so, to give the baby a chance to decide whether or not he 's still really hungry.
- If the baby is still hungry after finishing a smaller bottle, try offering a pacifier.
Don't worry over much about rapid weight gain in early infancy! It is normal for some babies to gain very fast in early infancy. Once a baby becomes mobile, and calories start going into motion rather than being packed on as fat, weight gain tends to slow down.
Mama, what happened with the pumping and bottle-feeding breastmilk?
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