Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Annelize | 2011/03/17


newborn feeding

my 2 week old, 3kg newborn drinks 80-120ml expressed milk 7-8 times a day. If I give less, she shows hunger cues and starts crying. Am I overfeeding her?

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Your baby's requirements are about 520ml per day. On average she may be drinking a bit more than this in 24 hours but she seems to want this amount of milk.

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Posted by: Purple | 2011/03/17

No, this is quite normal.

A baby on breast milk will feed around 2 - 4 hourly (so even feeding 12 times a day is normal, and during growth spurts this can be more, and your baby is about to hit a growth spurt now, so be prepared for more feeds per day for about four days or a week very soon). Their stomachs are tiny so they will take in about 80ml or so at a feed - they feed tiny amounts really often.

If you are expressing because you are having trouble latching (i.e. yournipples cracked) get some help with the latching, as remember that expressing only gets out a tiny amount of milk compared to what you actually produce and if you don''t have baby at the breaset in addition to expressing, your milk supply is going to drop.

IF you have baby on the breast, you can''t over feed as she will just delatch when she''s had enough.

With the milk in a bottle, if she turns her head away, then she''s had enough. There is the risk of overfeeding as when you put the bottle in her mouth the milk just starts flowing out so she has no option but to swallow it. If she keeps spitting the bottle out or turning her head away, then she has had enough for the moment.

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