Trying to work out if your baby is getting the right amount and not too little and not too much is a common issue with formula-fed babies! Overfeeding in babies can cause several problems as well as underfeeding so regular feedings are important for infants. It’s essential to monitor your baby’s hunger cues as opposed to offering a bottle every time your baby cries. If your baby has just had a feed recently, offer other means of soothing your infant such as a dummy, singing or talking to your baby.
Signs of overfeeding your baby:
- Often, you’ll find that your baby’s tummy seems bloated after a feeding. Throwing off the time of digesting may be caused if your baby has been nursed too much, or has too much formula. Milk must be passed through the intestines before adequate digestion has occurred – in turn may lead to bloating, cramps and a colicky baby.
- You’ll sense that your baby wants to be fed, but after feedings will often spit up large amounts of milk. When a baby is overfed, occasionally, the excess amount will be spit up. This may lead to an acid reflux problem in infants causing a painful irritation.
- Especially accompanied by colic-like symptoms, you’ll find that your baby has excessive bowel movements due to the undigested milk passing through your baby’s system.
If you are unsure if your baby is getting the right amount of formula we recommend you talk to your midwife, nurse or healthcare advisor to ensure you can get advice specific to you and your child.
This information is provided as a guideline only and is not meant to replace your health professionals advice.