It is completely natural for newborn babies to nurse all the time. Even if they are full, infants will continuously ask to be fed every now and then. Because of this, some mothers find it very hard to tell when to continue or to stop nursing.
However, this is one trait that all new mothers should develop as over feeding your babies can lead to quite a number of problems. So if you need a hand, here are some of the most common overfeeding baby symptoms that you should look out for in your infants.
One of the most obvious overfeeding baby symptoms is unusually frequent bowel movement. Babies aged one month or older normally remove their bowels twice a day. Those who do so more frequently than this might be overfed. Some overweight infants can have six or more stools a day. Apart from that, green, watery and explosive stools are also very common signs of overfeeding.
Naturally, an overfed baby tends to be overweight. Normally, babies can gain one pound of body weight per week. Gaining weight beyond this can be a possible sign of overfeeding. So be very mindful of this every time you go on that routine doctor’s check-up. Or better yet, make it a habit to monitor your baby’s weight at home as frequently as you possibly can.
The milk supply of the mother can also be used as a gauge to tell if the baby is overfed or not. Mothers with over abundant milk supply are most likely over feeding their babies. These mothers usually have a very strong milk ejection reflex and can spurt out milk at larger amounts than normal. This can cause the baby to gag and swallow air, which can eventually lead to stomach pains and colic. One good way to assess overproduction of milk is by pumping out the milk with the use of a breast pump. However, the type of breast pump used and the time of the day that the milk is taken can largely affect the volume extracted.
Frequent crying and bad temper are also common overfeeding baby symptoms. An overfed baby is frequently grumpy and will steadily gain weight at a very short period of time. They are also very irritable and may have trouble sleeping. Babies normally love to be nursed by their mothers. Overfeeding however, can be very unpleasant for infants. So be very mindful of your baby’s attitude when nursing. If you continue ignoring these overfeeding baby symptoms, your infant may spend lesser and lesser time nursing and will only do so when he or she becomes very hungry. Infants who reach this stage may become dangerously dehydrated and may drastically lose weight. As a result, mothers may be forced to wean their infants at a very early age.
One of the best ways to prevent overfeeding your baby is to simply reduce your milk supply. However, it is very important to do this very gradually. You can start out by nursing your baby with only one breast per feeding session.
Feeding the infant with only one breast per feeding session gives him or her more hind milk. Hind milk is the last milk that comes out of the mother’s breast, which has very high amounts of fats and calories. Decreasing the amount of milk per feeding session also prevents stomach distension and colic. This way, the milk goes through the baby’s digestive system at a regular speed and most of the nutrients are absorbed into the body.
If the above mentioned method does not work, you can cut back on the feeding amounts even more. No matter how often your baby asks to be fed, you should feed your baby only once every three hours. But first, make sure that your infant has been diagnosed by a certified medical professional as an overweight and overfed baby before adapting this type of routine.