Re: Can you over feed a breast fed baby?
Feeding on demand encourages good eating habits, as the PP stated. Yes, babies often nurse when they are cranky or bored or tired rather than simply hungry- but that's okay. When a breastfed baby is not hungry, she will suck in a way that delivers comfort, but not much milk. Moms need to trust their babies to nurse in a way that meets their needs. Overthinking breastfeeding and baby behavior, and trying to impose changes- that just makes mom and baby frustrated and miserable.
Frequent feeding is normal throughout a baby's first year. Many babies feed every 1-2 hours- and that can seem excessive when you compare it to the relatively infrequent meals given to formula-fed babies. Anyone who assures you that breastfed babies "should" go 3 or 4 hours between nursing sessions is basing their opinion on the eating habits of formula-fed babies. But it's breastfeeding (i..e. frequent feeding) that is the biological norm!
A lot of moms get concerned about overeating when their babies zoom up to the top of the weight charts. This is another thing that's normal with breastfed babies- they tend to gain weight rapidly during infancy and then "lean out" during their second six months, as they begin to devote increasing amounts of calories to motion (reaching, rolling, crawling, etc.).
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