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    Default Can you over breast feed a baby?

    I am a first time mum and my DS is 6weeks old. He is currently feeding every hr to hr and half. If i try to extend it out he just screams. He wont take a dummy. My questions are: is this too often? How do I know if I am comfort feeding him because nothing else will settle him? and Is it true that you can't over breast feed a baby? He is almost seven kilos already. Some of his feeds are so short almost snack like, how can I get him to feed more but less often? Or does all of the above not matter because hr to hr and half is normal for a six week old?

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    You cannot overfeed on breastmilk, and breastfeeding is about comfort and closeness, not just milk, so if you are a comfort feeder, that's ok too. Enjoy this precious time

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    Demand feeding, at his age there is no such thing as to much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HappinessQuest View Post
    Or does all of the above not matter because hr to hr and half is normal for a six week old?
    This You might find this helpful Basics of Breastfeeding for the Early Weeks

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    Nope, you can't over feed a breastfed baby! You can't force them to feed, so if bub is feeding then they want feeding

    All is sounding pretty normal to me though from what you've said. Newborns can feed a LOT and they can indeed feed every hour or so, I know mine did. It does settle down after a while though, it won't go on forever.

    You could try and stretch out feeds if they're rather short feeds, but ultimately, if bub is wanting to feed and your happy to sit and feed, then there's no problems at all

    Just make sure that you're not swapping sides too often if bub is having short feeds, you want to make sure that bub is getting the fattier, more filling hind milk and not just the water, thirst quenching foremilk.

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    Wow, thank you all already, this is my first post on this forum.i have been reading for awhile though. I'm glad it all sounds normal, I'm just stressing because he is so big already, everyone seems to like making comment on it. Plus with the no dummy, trying to push me to give him one rather then feed him. I just want him to be happy and healthy. If he feeds longer on one side does it matter if he doesn't take the other side?

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    Agree with pp. I didn't want to "comfort" feed dd when she was a newborn. But the wonders of BM are if they are hungry it's a meal. If they ate thirsty it's a drink. If they want a snack it's a milo or biscuit. BM adjust to what bub needs once I found this out I let go and demand fed her when ever she wanted. So if she wanted a feed an hour later she got it. If she wanted a long feed she got it. If she wanted a snack she got it
    Hope that makes sense

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    My DS fed constantly 24/7 for the first 6 months of his life. He was huge - 10kg at 4 months and in size 1. He had so many rolls, was just obese. EVERYONE told me to feed him less, paed, MCHN, relatives, everyone. I didn't freaking listen! My bub loved his boob and I believe in demand feeding. By 6 months he was happy to go 4 hours between feeds and at 12 months he has slimmed down so much. Breastmilk is the healthiest thing there is - all those vitamins and antibodies are great, get as much into your bub as you can!

    One thing though, watch out for lactose overload which I don't know too much about but another hubber might be able to help. I think it's caused by too much foremilk? And can upset their tummy. I would always feed at least half hour/hour on one side before switching.

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    DS fed every hour -hour and a half up untill he was about 12 weeks, even through the night... He is massive, he is 4 mo and weighs 10kgs and is 67cms. At 12 weeks he stretched out to about 2-2 1/2 hrs. Now he is 3 hrs during the day and goes to bed around 7 i dream feed hm at 11 he feeds at 3am and again at 6 am. I have been told by ECC im feeding him too much, i have dismissed it, he is healthy and happy. He screams to be fed and i feed him. He feeds in about 10 mins now and is draining my boob. I will start solids soon maybe in another week or so.

    You are doing a great job, some bubs are hungrier than others. Trust your instinct and feed when you think he needs it. This time will pass and in 6 mths time you will be thinking how quickly time has gone by!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HappinessQuest View Post
    If he feeds longer on one side does it matter if he doesn't take the other side?

    DS never took the other side, if i gave it to him (say we were going out and i wanted to 'fill him up') he would vomit it up. i just feed left one feed, right the next feed. this prob isnt the norm or what you are 'ment' to do but it works for us.

    he also feed fairly frequently. say if he woke at 10, he would want a feed by 1030, then would want to go back to sleep by 12 so would have another feed then.so effectively feeding every 1-1/2 hrs while awake. he did this for AGES.


 

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