An infant's stomach capacity

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Registered: 01-27-2006
An infant's stomach capacity
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Tue, 08-07-2012 - 10:57pm

This picture is a good representation of how much an infant can hold in their stomach.  

infant stomach capacity.jpg

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Registered: 04-18-2003
Thu, 08-09-2012 - 3:02pm

I wonder if smaller infants would have less capacity? My son was a slow, sleepy breastfeeder and it didn't seem to take much for him to become full. He was happy, peeing and pooping on a regular basis, he was just very low on the growth chart.

Gail

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Registered: 01-27-2006
Thu, 08-09-2012 - 4:44pm

Oh absolutely! Just like all guidelines, this is just a visual to give you an idea of what to expect.   some babies might take more, others might take less.  

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Community Leader
Registered: 04-18-2003
Thu, 08-09-2012 - 4:49pm

LOL! Actually my first thought when I saw this was "No wonder our small baby puked all over his daddy when daddy tried to get him to eat more formula". I've gotten to the point I don't waste my time in "What iffing?" I'm glad I was able to breastfeed for 8 weeks and what happened in the ensuing months has become a means to encourage, uplift, and educate people.

Gail

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Registered: 09-08-2007
Thu, 08-09-2012 - 7:05pm
I had a big boy who still spit up all over anyone holding him, but he had acid reflux. But also following the same lines of little babies eat little and big babies eat more, Quinn was a big eater from the get go. And a big boy from the get go, too. We'll see if his baby brother follows his big bro's pattern.
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