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how will you know if your child eats too much ?

Well i don't want to run to the doc everytime I think there is a problem but currently my son ( 2 months ) has been eating up tp 6 oz every 3 to 4 hours sometimes. It seems somtimes as soon as he's done an hour or so later he wants another bottle , my question is do you think I'm over feeding him, or is he just hungry as my mom would say just feed him what he wants.

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Asked by waitin4u at 11:52 PM on Apr. 5, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • 6oz every 3 to 4 hours is aqbout right. More is quite a bit much for a baby his age.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 11:54 PM on Apr. 5, 2010

  • You ask the doctor how many ounces max the baby can have a day and that's all you feed. Formula fed babies can't regulate their own intake, they can't be fed on demand. If you can't get info from your doctor there are charts online with the max you should feed a feeding and the max a day.

    You are right to be worried. You want your baby to gain a pound a month or a little more. Babies can gain too much and lifelong weight problems can begin in infancy. You will need to learn other ways to take care of your baby instead of giving bottles formula every time you think he wants one.

    Answer by Gailll at 12:00 AM on Apr. 6, 2010

  • Formula Feeding: How Much and How Often?
    Babies digest formula more slowly, so if you're bottle-feeding, your baby may have fewer feedings than a breastfed infant.
    As your baby grows, he or she will be able to eat more and may go for longer stretches between feedings. You'll also notice that your baby is starting to sleep longer at night.
    During the second month, infants may take about 4 or 5 ounces at each feeding. By the end of 3 months, your baby will probably need an additional ounce at each feeding.
    One note about formula feeding: It's easier to overfeed when using formula because it takes less effort to drink from a bottle than from a breast. So make sure that the hole on the bottle's nipple is the right size. The liquid should drip slowly from the hole and not pour out. Also, resist the urge to finish feeding the bottle when your baby shows those signs of being full.

    Never use a bottle prop — it's a choking h

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 12:05 AM on Apr. 6, 2010

  • If you're worried that he's eating too much, try smaller bottles more often. When DS was that age, he only ate 3oz every 2 hours during the day and slept 10hrs a night. From a bottle, babies will over eat because it takes longer for them to get the "I'm full" signal in their brain. by the time they feel full, they've eaten too much. Try smaller bottles and don't use food as the first responce to his cries. Look for hunger cues like rooting around and sucking on his hands, not just crying.

    Answer by vances_mom at 9:37 AM on Apr. 6, 2010

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