Re: Question about weight gain
Oh my goodness, was the lactation consultant high or something? What utter ridiculousness! You cannot overfeed a breastfed baby because YOU are not in charge of the feeding. The baby is. When the baby is hungry, he nurses in such a way that he stimulates a rapid flow of milk. When he's not hungry, and just looking to comfort himself, he sucks in such a way that the milk flow either stops or is just a trickle. This is totally different from bottle-feeding, where the adult is in charge of the feeding and overfeeding is common. Even the most sensitive bottle-feeding parent will sometimes slip a bottle back into a baby's mouth after the baby has spat it out, or will tilt the bottle up so that the baby finishes it a little faster, or takes the last little bit in the bottle.
Your baby is growing fast because he is brand-new. It is normal for newborn babies to gain weight very rapidly. Up to a pound a week is common- that's how much my husband and also my second daughter gained for their first couple months of life. Your baby's weight gain will slow down as time goes on, I promise! Right now, your baby does nothing but eat, excrete, cry, and lie around. That means all his calories go into physical growth- gaining weight, gaining height. But in a few months, he'll start devoting increasing amounts of calories to action- reaching, rolling, crawling, etc.- and when that happens his rate of weight gain will taper off.
In short, the LC looked for trouble where there is none.
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