We are currently giving our 6 week old 120ml of expressed breast-milk a feed. We were giving him 7 a day, but more recently he seemed to be more comfortable with 9. I assumed this is because of a growth spurt, but that equates to 1080ml. I have read online that I want to give him a max of 900ml a day.

I can't understand how he can only be having this amount for the next 5 months, and still grow? What are the implications of overfeeding?

asked 06 May '10, 20:59

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I'd point out that the linked site says that a "typical range" maxes out at 900 ml/day, but that all babies have different needs. If you can keep up with the demand, I don't see a problem. I'm not a doc, but I don't think a 6-week-old breastfed baby can be overfed.

(06 May '10, 21:06) Scottie T

"I can't understand how he can only be having this amount for the next 5 months, and still grow?"

A liter of water weighs 1 kilogram, or 2.2 pounds, so that's actually a fairly substantial amount of weight for a 10ish pound baby. It'd be like us eating a 30 pound meal...

(06 May '10, 21:58) ceejayoz

If your baby isn't hungry, he won't eat. He'll turn away from the bottle or fuss - read his cues (for both hungriness & fullness) and you'll be fine.


answered 06 May '10, 22:16

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You can over feed your baby, but as Kate says, they will let you know. In addition to the cues that she mentions, I found that both of my little ones would vomit if they were over fed (it was obviously different from a spit up).

WRT to the maximums, trust your little one here as well. I wouldn't be alarmed if baby exceeded the "maximum", especially during growth spurts.


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