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Overfeeding a breastfed baby

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WriggleJiggle Fri 02-Jun-06 19:08:38

Back at work now, expressing for dd's daytime feeds. House husband wants to know if he should feed on demand? Is it possible to overfeed a (bottle) breast fed baby? She certainly enjoys her milk !

SoupDragon Fri 02-Jun-06 19:11:28

Um... probably. I always imagined the "not over feeding" applied to getting the milk from a breast.

how old is she?

WriggleJiggle Fri 02-Jun-06 19:15:46

7 weeks old

NotQuiteCockney Fri 02-Jun-06 19:17:20

I think it's pretty hard to overfeed a baby, period. If you offer the bottle, and take it away when she's annoyed with it, then that should be fine.

I think feeding on demand is trickier with EBM, though, because you can't leave bottles of EBM hanging about, like you can boobs.

SoupDragon Fri 02-Jun-06 19:18:46

pmsl at the image of breasts hanging about...

Does she have any pattern to her feeds?

WriggleJiggle Fri 02-Jun-06 20:39:35

Last week before I returned to work she was tending to feed: 6am, 10am, 2pm, 6pm then cluster feeds until midnight. Now its roughly 6am, 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm then cluster feeds til midnight again.

Jackstini Mon 05-Jun-06 10:21:52

WJ - maybe she just needs bigger feeds less often? I went through this when returning to work as I had no idea how much dd took at each feed. Shame we don't have ml marks on our boobs.....

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