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Am i feeding my baby too much at this age? please help..

I have a beautiful baby girl :) she is 3 weeks and 2 days old. she'll be a month old this monday.. she eats 4 ounces of formula every 3 1/2- 4 hours.. we try to push it to every 4 hours that she eats.. sometimes she'll push it to 4 hours sometimes its 3, 3 1/2.. the doctor says its fine let her eat that he likes fat healthy babies and she'll loose all that extra weight when she starts walking.. but then again i dont want her being over weight.. do you think were feeding her too much. do we need to cut down what were feeding her? please help.. i really appreciate your guys help =)

Maria *bestmomtobeever*

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Asked by bestmomtobeever at 1:18 PM on Oct. 29, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • BABIES NEED TO BE FAT stop worring about her being over weight, and consider yourself lucky, my lil one eats every 2 hours during the day, feed on demand, its better and healthier for her, please dont put your baby on a diet by cutting down on food

    Answer by newmom092009 at 1:21 PM on Oct. 29, 2009

  • babies that young can't eat too much or be overweight! and its normal for a baby that young to eat every 2, 3, or 4 hours! 4 ounces every 4 hours is normal, and dependning on your babies size at birth, even more than 4 oz every four hours would be normal/necessary. in a few days or weeks, she'll probably want even more, and you'll feel like she is eating non-stop. this is normal, and again you CANNOT overfeed a baby this young!

    Answer by DRM0329 at 1:27 PM on Oct. 29, 2009

  • My son is almost 5 wks old he eats 3 to 5 oz every 3 hours

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:28 PM on Oct. 29, 2009

  • OMG! FEED YOUR BABY! You can't over feed a baby (they will puke it back up) but you can underfeed a baby and make them go hungry!

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:39 PM on Oct. 29, 2009

  • A baby should be at least OFFERED 2.5 times the amount the weight (within a 24 hour period), but if they want more, give them more period, there is no reason to "stretch" it, if a baby is hungry FEED THEM. Yes some (most) babies will be chunky during infanthood, but when they start walking it WILL come off. If your really worried about your baby being "over" weight, i'd check with your ped. if they are fine with it, i wouldn't worry.

    Answer by Aniyunwiya at 3:29 PM on Oct. 29, 2009

  • Honestly, I think 4 hours is a little long between feedings..... I would feed her as much as she wants every 3 hours.
    My 3 week old bffs baby (I kept her for awhile, long story) ate 3-4 oz every 3 hours.

    Answer by christyg at 3:41 PM on Oct. 29, 2009

  • I understand the worry of not wanting to have an over weight child. At this age though the child wont over eat unless they are made to continue to eat in which case they will bring it back up. As long as her doc isn't worried about her growth then I would go ahead and feed her as much as she wants as often as she likes. Big babies are good with all the little fat rolls(I love baby fat rolls). When she starts to walk she will start take off the weight. When you start table foods give her healthy meals and it will all work out. You are a wonderful mom for wanting to make sure you don't have an over weight child but you don't need to worry until they are old enough to start eating junk food. :)

    Answer by Katysmom at 11:23 PM on Oct. 29, 2009

  • She'll probably take less overall if you stop stretching out the feedings. If she seems hungry, feed her. Even if you fed her an hour ago. BUT...smaller servings.Try two or three ounces. See where that gets you.

    Answer by gdiamante at 12:58 AM on Oct. 30, 2009

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