Feeding time can seem so simple, but it can easily become stressful for a new parent, or even a parent who has not had to take care of a newborn in quite some time. Parents may wonder about many things and have unanswered questions racing through their minds. Parents may wonder about how often they should be feeding their baby, or if their baby is getting enough nutrients. Parents may even wonder if their baby is overfeeding or not being fed enough. Either one can actually be potentially harmful to the baby.
Overfeeding the baby is when they consume more milk or nutrients than what they need for growth and energy levels. There are two types of babies who are at a higher risk for overfeeding. Newborn babies are at a greater risk because they can of developmental reasons, this is because it causes limitations for the baby and they have an inability to control their milk intake. Babies who are bottle fed can also, at times, be at a higher risk because bottle feeding makes harder for them to control the milk flow.
Here is a list of 5 signs the baby is being overfed:
1. Fouler Number Twos
We already know that babies do potties a lot. That’s a given; but how much, is too much? Bottle-fed babies can go up to four times a day. Babies who are breastfed average about three to four times a day, and it can be a little more on the runny side when compared to a baby who is bottle fed. If you start to notice that your baby is going number two more than that, and it is starting to have a much fouler smell and is runnier than normal, that can be a sign that your baby is overfeeding.
After a while, you may become accustomed to what is normal for your baby when it comes to their bathroom habits, so it is also worth mentioning to the baby’s pediatrician if you start to notice changes in their habits.
2. The Diaper Is Always Wet
Typically, a newborn will go the bathroom six to eight times per day, but for some babies as many as ten times a day. Babies who are breastfed may actually use the bathroom less frequently than a baby who is bottle fed, and this is because they generally take in fewer fluids per day. Once you start to take notice of what is normal for your baby, because only you will be able to tell this, you can start to judge whether or not they are going more than usual, and if their diaper is wetter than usual.
3. Tummy Troubles
A baby who is overfed is going to have some stomach problems, just like adults get. This can range from them having diarrhea, intestinal spasms, stomach cramps, and bloating. All of these symptoms can be uncomfortable to a baby and can cause them anywhere from slight discomfort to severe pains.
When a baby is having tummy problems, they usually tend to cry from the pain, and they might try to bear down like they are trying to take a number two when they really aren’t. It is just that they are in pain and do not know what to do with the discomfort that they are feeling. The baby's pediatrician can tell you if it’s normal or if the baby needs help of some kind. Some babies are born with easily upset tummies.
4. Won't Sleep Through The Night
If a baby is having sleep issues such as a hard time sleeping, or their sleep is being disrupted, this can be a sign that the baby is overfull or being overfed. Sleep issues are one of those symptoms that need to be accompanied by other systems to know for sure that is the actual reason that they are having trouble sleeping. There is a variety of things that could cause sleep disturbances in a baby such as them being hungry or if they need a diaper change.
The reason a baby that is overfed has sleep problems usually has to do with the fact that they are full and that they are in some discomfort. When adults or older children overeat, it can sometimes cause issues with their sleep as well.
5. In A Constant Bad Mood
We all know that babies cry, but a mom can tell when her child is fussier and more irritable than normal. A baby who is overfed can tend to become even fussier and irritable than normal. This could be because the baby is pain from being overfed. Think about it or a moment; when we, as adults, eat too much food in one sitting, and we feel overfull, our tummies will hurt, and at times we may even become a bit irritable ourselves since we are not feeling well.
A baby cannot verbalize what they are feeling and tell us that they are in pain, so they can become fussy and cry more than usual. Crying if a baby’s only means of communicating to use when they are not feeling well. Listen to your baby’s cues when they are trying to tell you they don’t feel good.