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    Default Can you overfeed your baby?

    I have a 19 wk baby. She was 7 wks prem but is very well and healthy. She has been on 4 ounces for about a month and all of a sudden she has moved up to 6 to 7 ounces in a week. Is this normal? Can you overfeed a baby on breast milk? I am exclusively pumping thats how I know how much she takes. I dont really want her to be very chubby-fat- like some other breastfed babies i see. Do babies just naturally put on the weight and not get overfed or get greedy? Help.

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    Default Re: Can you overfeed your baby?

    Babies get chubby (on breastmilk or formula) as part of a natural cycle. Basically the baby puts on weight in preparation for growth spurts. I have noticed my LO getting chubby, then he grows and thins out and then gets chubby again. When they get over a year they tend to thin out even more (because they are running around like crazy).

    Additionally, breastfed babies are much less likely to be chubby adults...
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    Default Re: Can you overfeed your baby?

    I would guess not but I do not know for sure. At 3 weeks of age my LO was under weight. The in her 4th week of life ahe gained almost 1 pound (from 5.4lbs to 6.3 lbs). She is not a 10 month old 20 pound chubby leg girl and the doc said it is fine! He said she will walk off the weight when she becomes more active.
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    Default Re: Can you overfeed your baby?

    Well my preemie porker is a happy,well adjusted munchkin who is doing a lot better than anyone expected.Why?breastmilk. He gets what he needs and wants,including momtime.
    I get that you dont want her to be chubby, but if she was early and underweight, I would welcome her chubbiness, especilly since as mud said,itll melt off.
    I believe though that she probably had a growth spurt and thats why shes moved up.

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    Default Re: Can you overfeed your baby?

    That's quite a bit! Could you check your bottle nipples to be sure they are not wearing out? Over time, the holes get bigger and that can cause baby to take in more.

    Also, how frequently is she eating in a day?

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    Default Re: Can you overfeed your baby?

    Quote Originally Posted by belly-ice View Post
    I have a 19 wk baby. She was 7 wks prem but is very well and healthy. She has been on 4 ounces for about a month and all of a sudden she has moved up to 6 to 7 ounces in a week. Is this normal? Can you overfeed a baby on breast milk? I am exclusively pumping thats how I know how much she takes. I dont really want her to be very chubby-fat- like some other breastfed babies i see. Do babies just naturally put on the weight and not get overfed or get greedy? Help.
    All babies are different, I have nine now and breast fed all. Some of my babies got chubby and some not at all. This was not due to any change because I exclusively bf. Never worry about a chubby baby, worry about a baby who seems to be starving.
    My children rang in age from 15 yrs all the way to 7 mon and I don't have a single chubby child. It's all in what you feed your baby when she begins solids, to encourage healthy eating habits.
    If a baby overeats, which can happen, their food usually come right back up. Enjoy your little one and try not to analyze to much.

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    Default Re: Can you overfeed your baby?

    Normally your baby will tell you when she's full. I wouldn't worry about having a chubby baby especially if she was preemie. My preemie was born 11 weeks early and I pumped for 3 months until she began exclusively breastfeeding. She's a big healthy baby, 24 lbs at 13 months. She weighed 3 lbs when she was born and the peds are ecstatic about her weight. She's losing weight now that she's moving around which will happen when your child gets bigger. I agree with the post above, if they eat too much they'll spit up. Ask your ped. about what he/she thinks how much breastmilk she should have at one feeding. Good luck.

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    Default Re: Can you overfeed your baby?

    I wonder that sometimes myself. My DS will eat and eat, right after nursing with no end in sight. I think he could put away more than I can at 18 months old! He is a skinny little guy too. So my consensus is nope!
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