overfeeding? Advice needed please!!

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Registered: 12-01-2011
overfeeding? Advice needed please!!
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Sun, 12-04-2011 - 12:22am

Hi Ladies,

I'm new to this whole EPing thing, and until a few days ago was still doing the breastfeeding struggle.

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Registered: 10-28-2011
Sun, 12-04-2011 - 2:10am
I don't have any good solutions, but have a couple thoughts. One, I wouldn't worry too much. That does sound like a lot of food for his age, but if he seems to be handling it okay (i.e. not vomiting or having major gas issues) I am sure he will be okay.If you are producing 4 oz every 3 hours though that would mean about 32 oz a day right? At his age I would think he really shouldn't need that much, let alone more than that. Is he maybe going through a growth spurt? Especially if he wasn't getting enough nursing, maybe he is trying to make up for it and will even out in a couple days. Does he still latch on to you? Could you possibly pump before giving him a bottle and then let him latch on and suck on you after his bottle? I don't know what your situation is like but the idea just came to mind. And really, don't second guess yourselves. Mommies truly do know best (most of the time at least :) ). I have spent so much time second guessing myself with my kiddos and have learned to trust my instincts. And even if you don't get it just right, he really will be okay. We don't need to be perfect, just do the best we can. You are a great mommy!
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Sun, 12-04-2011 - 2:13am

Sorry, I mean don't second guess "yourself" :).

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Sun, 12-04-2011 - 11:50am

I was actually going to suggest seeing if the baby would just sit and suckle with you. It's totally normal for a baby who nurses to comfort suck. Babies who are nursing are on the breast to do a lot more than feeding, because rooting and sucking are reflexive and not just indicators of hunger for a newborn. A baby who is nursing directly has different suck patterns that will trigger milk flow or not depending on what the baby needs....and maybe your little one just need the comfort of being close to you and satisfying that suck reflex a little. Plus, if he or she is doing this, it could help pull your milk supply up if you are concerned about having enough milk right now.

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Sun, 12-04-2011 - 3:24pm
It is so hard to know how much to feed in the beginning. Have you spoken to your pediatrician about your concerns? Sometimes it's hard because many of them don't have much knowledge about EPing and babies respond differently to that than to formula. I agree with the previous poster that if he's not vomiting, you're probably doing ok, although that does sound like a lot of milk. I would definitely give the ped a call (if you haven't already) and keep trying with the paci to see if you can satisfy that sucking reflex. Maybe he will accept it eventually?

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Registered: 12-01-2011
Sun, 12-04-2011 - 4:20pm

I will definitely call my pedi tomorrow once the office is open.

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Sun, 12-04-2011 - 8:02pm
Do you know how to pace feed baby ? Have him in a semi up right position and hold the bottle almost perpendicular to him use the slowest flow nipples we even had to buy premie nipples then every ounce or so take the bottle out for a few minutes let him suck on ur finger or paci then go again a 2-3 oz bottle should take about 25 minutes on average a baby takes 24 oz a day but 18-30 is pretty normal and that amount shouldn't really change ( except for growth spurts maybe) until he's at least 6 months old u may be on the high end of normal try to pace his feeds and see if it makes a difference
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Sun, 12-04-2011 - 9:26pm

We have tried spreading out the feeding so that it takes longer... we use newborn nipples, but baby still guzzles the milk, sucking like he is starving, and screams when we pull the nipple out.

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Registered: 10-28-2009
Mon, 12-05-2011 - 8:58am
I'm sorry you're having such a hard time :( 30 oz is really not outrageous so if ur pedi Gives u the ok I'll say what my new moto in life has been do whatever works
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Registered: 04-28-2011
Sat, 12-10-2011 - 11:04pm
Just wanted to add my two cents. I EPd with DD for the first 11 weeks (after which we successfully transitioned back to the breast). She was 7 lb 15 oz at birth with a very very strong suck and healthy appetite. I logged her intake for all that time and even though she has always loved her binky, she routinely ate 28 to 33 oz a day in 3 to 4 oz bottles even while we tried to pace the feedings. She grew super fast too. 16.5 lb by 4 months and then slowed right down on the weight gain. She nurses about 6 to 10 times a day, chugging to her little heart's content and only weighs just under 18.5 l s now at 8 months. A big part of that massive weight gain was on nursing not bottles of BM. Breastfed babies including those on BM bottles grow really rapidly in the beginning and slower later. What I was concerned about was to not make the bottles too big so I would go smaller more often. If baby sleeps well at night then that will mean frequent feeds during the day.
In a nutshell, I wanted to reassure you that my baby ate more at times but it seems like she needed it then. Hang in there, you are doing what baby needs. Hugs.