OK, I know I've read over and over again that you cannot overfeed a breastfed baby, but does that still apply when feeding ebm using a bottle?
Here is the situation...
My dd was born 4-5-6 and has been ebf since then. At birth, she weighed 5lb 13oz. At her 2 month ped appt, she was up to 9lb 11oz. Obviously, she is gaining well... She has always eaten every 1 1/2 - 2 hrs during the day and 2-4 hours during the night.
During her first 6 weeks, I had mastitis twice. After taking the advice of my obstetrician and pumping after every feeding session, I created quite an oversupply issue. So, since then, we have been block feeding or eating on only one side per session. The supply seems to have evened out. She is content after eating, has plenty of wet and dirty diapers, etc.
Well, I had to return to work Friday. I work 12 hour shifts as an RN on a very busy unit at a hospital. I was able to pump about 17-18 ounces in the time I was at work. The problem is, at the daycare, she ate 20 ounces and another whole 4oz bottle from Dad after he picked her up (and before I got home).
At that rate, I'll never keep up with her! So, here's my question... Is it possible that she'd drink any amount of ebm we offer her in the bottle? She doesn't quit until it's gone. Would it work to try to only put 2 or 3 ounces in the bottles? How do we know when she's really satisfied when she'd eat the whole 4 oz if we let her? I'm just worried that I'll have to supplement because I wasn't able to pump as much as she ate on any of the three days I was at work.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated... Thanks!