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Very hungry baby

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RLG87 Tue 25-Oct-16 08:13:30

My three week old little girl is combination fed, but for various reasons at the moment mainly formula fed. She is always hungry. I feed her, but often within half an hour she is hungry again. I don't mind doing all the feeds, but I worry she is having too much as often I am formula feeding her hourly for periods of the day. She is a big baby but I'm pretty sure she gets more than she should each day although it's hard to measure because we do a few breastfeeds. My health visitor said you can't really overfeed a newborn because they tend to spit it back up if they have too much, but I am still a bit worried about us getting into bad habits, or giving her reflux (she is a bit unsettled sometimes, and I do wander if it is reflux). She doesn't really spit much back up though.

Sometimes if she is giving me loads of feeding cues I can distract her by rocking her to sleep, or taking her out in the pram and she'll then go on to sleep for several hours without eating making me think she is actually tired but due to her young age is confused and giving me hunger cues. But other times I'll try to soothe her without just feeding her, but it doesn't work and she ends up screaming because I have ignored hunger cues. I end up feeling like a lazy parent, just giving her the bottle because she is crying, but she is giving me all of the hunger cues.

All the advice seems to be to feed early before they are crying, but if I always did that she would be constantly eating, but I do feel so guilty when she ends up screaming even though I struggle to believe she can actually still be hungry.

ThinkOfAWittyNameLater Tue 25-Oct-16 08:19:18

I'm not sure about formula quantities but I agree that you cannot overfeed a baby. They can be very hungry in the early weeks. I once spent nearly all day feeding my DC1.

Early on they tend to feed more frequently because their instinct is to establish a good breast milk supply.

Trust your instincts - easy to say, harder to do I know!
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