Can babies be overfed?

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asked Sep 9 in Baby/Newborn by aviersmit (1,110 points)
Can babies be overfed?

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answered Sep 9 by Gingervitis (1,770 points)
Babies can be overfed especially when the baby is bottle fed.

If the baby is overfed then they will likely spit up the rest of the milk.

However when a baby gets full they will sometimes push the bottle way or unlatch from the breast.

If the baby pushes the bottle away or removes themselves from the breast then they are likely full and don't want anymore milk.

Overfeeding a baby often causes the baby discomfort because he or she can't digest all of the breast milk or formula properly.

When fed too much, a baby may also swallow air, which can produce gas, increase discomfort in the belly, and lead to crying.

Overfeeding baby is very rare, but it can happen.

It's more common in bottle-fed babies, simply because it's easier for parents to see how much food their child is consuming.

It also takes less effort to drink from a bottle, so babies (who love to suck) may inadvertently get too much milk while feeding.

Common signs that you're overfeeding your baby include.

Gassiness or burping.

Frequent spit up.

Vomiting after eating.

Fussiness, irritability or crying after meals.

Gagging or choking.

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