Re: Overfeeding - I'm so confused
What is with these health visitors?!!! I cannot tell you how many times I have seen a mom come here in a total panic because a HV has given her bad advice about breastfeeding. And yes, you got bad advice!
Your baby is not overeating. She is just very young. It is normal for young breastfed babies to gain weight very quickly, as much as a pound a week. My husband did it when he was a young breastfed baby, and my second daughter also gained a pound a week for about a month and a half, going from 8 lbs at birth to 14 lbs at around 5-6 weeks.
Breastfed babies don't always gain this fast, though. Right now your baby does nothing but eat, sleep, excrete, cry, and gain weight. But in just a couple of months she's going to start becoming more active- she'll be reaching, rolling, squirming, kicking, and then she'll be sitting and starting to crawl. All those activities are going to burn a lot of calories and your baby's weight gain is going to slow way down. She'll likely drop some percentiles on the charts, at which point the HVs may start telling you that your breastmilk is no longer enough for your baby- we've seen that happen, too!
Stop worrying about "holding your baby off". Just feed her on demand, and remember that breastfed babies don't overeat. No matter how many times your HV tells you that your baby is some sort of miraculous exception to the rule!
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