I'm so confused, in all the material I've read about breastfeeding and all the health professionals so far have always said 'you cannot overfeed a breast fed baby, make sure you feed on demand etc'. I have been doing this so it was quite a shock today to be told by the visitor that my baby seems to be one of the 'extremely rare' breastfed babies who overfeed and I should try and hold off a little with the feeding.
My baby is 5 and a half weeks old and went from 7.4 pounds at birth to 12.3 now (keeping in mind that I did feed her shortly before weighing although it won't make a huge different). At the last weigh-in they were so pleased with her weight gain (10.5) and saying how breastfeeding is obviously working and now she is on the 90th centile on the chart and is apparently eating too much somehow. I am so confused as to how this can happen when we are constantly told it can't. Surely they should say 'you can't overfeed a breastfed baby (except in extremely rare cases)' if it can happen. Does anyone have any tips on 'holding her off'? I have distracted her by dangling more stuff in front of her and given in and given her a dummy (which I didn't want to do) just so she would settle and sleep since she started crying a little but it hadn't been long since her last feed. I hate this feeling that when I was getting used to it all and both myself and baby were all content and getting into routine (except for the trapped wind problem she's had for a few days now) and now I have to relearn all her cues and what to do with her when she wakes up
Sorry for the huge rant but posting on here before really helped me feel better as I got great helpful friendly advice so I was hoping I could get some more for this problem. Thanks in advance to anyone who reads this and replies xx