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breastfeeding question

when my wife feeds our daughter (1 week)she is fine no fuss we wnt out to get a breast pump today and she used it for the first time she got six ounces my daughter fed and took the whole six ounces as we burp her in between ounces she sounds really congested and the breast milk looke really bubbly and she is realy fussy can somone help me

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Asked by samantha21385 at 12:01 AM on Oct. 24, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • It is just possible that she overate and has a tummyache. I'm not sure, as I never pumped and gave a bottle, but 6 ozs at one time may have been too much for a 1 week old. Why did the milk look bubbly? Did you shake the bottle? She could've consumed too much air and could be gassy. You can give gas drops and/or fold a warm blankie up and place it on her belly and then swaddle her tightly. Hope this helps!

    Answer by WindyTheWidow at 12:11 AM on Oct. 24, 2009

  • six ounce is ALOT for a one week old, she probably over ate, i know it is hard to tell when bfing how much the baby is getting but I doubt she was getting a whole 6 ounces while nursing, this will probably pass, next time I would give her less and then more if she still acts hungry.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:21 AM on Oct. 24, 2009

  • i agree, 6 oz is too much. thumbs up to your wife for choosing to BF! Stick with it!

    Answer by Bernie19 at 12:28 AM on Oct. 24, 2009

  • I believe for the average sized newborn baby, 2-3 oz is about all they can handle at one feeding. If she's gassy or getting a lot of air through the nipple that could make her cranky too. My son would only take the gerber nuk bottles with the slow silicone nipples when we went to bottles. We tried every kind of nipple and several different bottles. He still won't take anything else.

    Answer by appleofhzi at 12:45 AM on Oct. 24, 2009

  • 6 oz is WAY to much for such a new baby!

    Small babies have a natural sucking desire and will continue to suck on the bottle even if they are not hungry. That's why it's so easy to over feed bottle fed babies.

    The breast works different which is why it's impossible to over feed a baby fed at the breast.

    Also you may want to wait 1-2 more weeks before introducing a bottle because such young babies can develop nipple confusion.

    In the future when you wife pumps save out 2 ounces to feed the baby and freeze the rest for a later date. Your wife's milk supply will eventually even out and she may not always get so much milk out in the pump so if she's planning to return to work or school now is a good time to be storing excess milk.

    GOOD LUCK! Remember your wife has made an AWESOME decision and she needs to be supported even when times get tough with BF.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:16 AM on Oct. 24, 2009

  • Bottles will give babies more gas because air gets in. More importantly, 6oz is WAY too much for a newborn and a baby that age should be at the breast exclusively.

    Save the pumping and bottlefeeding for another 4 or 5 weeks. Don't make things harder than they have to be right now... just go do all the cleaning, cooking and get your wife her favorite foods and some good books or movies. She needs to heal and the baby nursing will help her do that. You take care of everything else, alright? Her job is just to rest and heal.

    Answer by LeanneC at 3:10 AM on Oct. 24, 2009

  • You don't want to give a breastfed baby any bottles. The mother needs to be breastfeeding. The bottles can make the baby have problems feeding at the breast.

    During the first 6-8 weeks of breastfeeding with the first baby the breasts are actually developing more milk glands and ducts. They are becoming more effective at making milk. You want to do as little as possible to mess with the normal process.

    Around 6 weeks the baby will go through a growth spurt and nurse "all the time" and your breasts may seem soft. That's because they have become more efficient. Everything is normal. You have enough milk.

    So pack up the pump and bottles and no experiments.

    Answer by Gailll at 6:50 PM on Oct. 24, 2009

  • 6 oz is toooo much she definately over ate!! as far as the look mines lookl bubbly sometimes. i once threw it thinking soap some how got in the bottle, but i later learned it was just the way it looked. it once looked watery tooo so i wouldnt worry about that

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:52 PM on Oct. 24, 2009

  • Bottles give milk much faster than the breast does (which is why formula fed babies are more likely to be overweight than breastfed ones), which is why she's eating so incredibly much! She needs to be taking her milk from the source for now. Is there a reason your wife is pumping so soon? At this point, she should ideally be nursing only, and then in a month or so, try pumping.
    She probably overate, and that's why she's fussy. Her tummy hurts! Try rubbing it in a clockwise direction to help get it moving along. It can get bubbly when she burps, but she probably got a lot of air from the bottle, which can happen. You might even try gas drops.

    Answer by musicpisces at 9:29 PM on Oct. 24, 2009

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