overfeeding a baby: how to avoid?

My son spilled up a lot when he was a little baby, and his pediatrician suggested to breastfeed him every 2.5-3 hours instead of every 1.5-2 hours. If your baby is drinking formula, she will need 1 to 3 ounces of formula every two to three hours. Also watch your baby weight gain: if the curve on the growth chart suddenly jumps into a much higher percentile, it could be because she is overeating.
One more mistake: to feed your baby every time she cries. Is she cries doesn't mean she is hungry.

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      7Malena Hall
      When you are breastfeeding, especially in the first weeks, it is important to feed on demand. Remember breastmilk works on supply and demand. The more baby demands the more supply your breasts make.

      Rather than limiting bay's nursing look for other reasons for the spilling up. For example if baby was crying a lot before nursing s/he probably got a lot of air in her tummy and that made her spit up. Respond quickly, comfort her and burp often.

      Your milk may be letting down too fast causing baby to gulp and swallow air. You might try to anticipate when he'll nurse and express some milk before. Or if/when you feel your milk let down delatch for a minute or two. Use this time to burp baby. Then relatch.

      Of course check baby's diaper or cuddle if it seems too soon since the last feeding, but remember babies go through a lot of growth spurts.
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