Avoid Overfeeding Infant

Signs and Tips to avoid overfeeding infant

There are parent’s felt that they do overfeed there Infant and I think most of the parents are guilty about this. I think if not all parents at least 80% of the parents will agree with me that every time the baby will cry we feed them either breastfeed or formula because we think that they are hungry we need to feed them. But did you know that the infant has its own unique needs? According to the Pediatrics of America, infants typically eat every 3 or 4 hours during their first few weeks and should consume about 2.5 ounces for every pound she weighs (about 20 ounces per day for an 8 pound baby).

So it’s advisable that we parents will not set a feeding schedule to our infant because their eating patterns are still developing. It’s also important to recognize that sometimes your baby will be hungrier than others (such as when he or she is going through a growth spurt).

The best practice to feed the infant to avoid overfeeding is too late the baby decide how much it has in every feeding. As long as they grows at an appropriate rate (you’ll know when you take your baby to her pediatric appointments whether he/she is growing well according to pediatric growth charts), you don’t need to be overly concerned about overfeeding.

To avoid this doubt of yours on overfeeding of your infant you must know how to determine if your baby is getting enough but not too much is to learn to read the signs such as, closing their mouth, turning away from the bottle, biting the nipple or playing with the bottle or falling asleep are all signs your infant may have had enough.

Overfeeding baby is very rare

Overfeeding is more common in bottle-fed babies, simply because it’s easier to see (and obsess over) how much milk went in during a feeding. It also takes less effort to drink from a bottle, so babies (who love to suck) may inadvertently get too much milk while feeding from a bottle.

Also consider the hole of the nipple that you are using, if the baby can consume around 4-ounce bottle within 15 minutes then you must change it to slow down the feeding.

Signs that you overfeed the baby

  • Baby gains average or greater than average weight
  • Eight or more heavily wet nappies per day
  • Frequent sloppy, foul-smelling bowel motions
  • Extreme flatulence
  • Large belching
  • Milk regurgitation
  • Irritability
  • Sleep disturbance

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