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KnottyLDSMama 08-13-2006 05:09 PM

Nursing to pacify + overfeeding?
 
My son has been very fussy today. So he's nursed a lot more than usual (although when usual is every 2 hours, more than usual is insane). I know for a fact that he's full, as we supplement due to low supply. But with him nursing for comfort, it seems like as soon as I take him off (once he's fallen asleep or calmed down), he spits up.

With a supply like mine, I shouldn't be worried about overfeeding, but it just seems like he's getting more than he needs from nursing to pacify. (Yet he still needs his bottle every 2 hours).

I don't know if I'm making any sense. But is this usually a problem? Can BF babies actually over-eat because they're trying to pacify themselves?

Julesmom23girls 08-13-2006 05:18 PM

Re: Nursing to pacify + overfeeding?
 
I would say yes especially if you are supplementing. If he isn't feeling well and is pacifying himself that much then he could definately hit his overflow mark. Maybe you should cut back on the formula by a couple of oz and see if it helps. Maybe your supply is coming up since he has been nursing more. If he stops spitting up then maybe he was getting too full.

Have you considered what might be the reason he has been fussy. Teething, stomach pains, etc. Maybe if you help him find relief for that then he won't need to pacify himself so much either. Just a thought.

jeniperlyn 08-13-2006 05:55 PM

Re: Nursing to pacify + overfeeding?
 
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Originally Posted by Julesmom23girls
I would say yes especially if you are supplementing. If he isn't feeling well and is pacifying himself that much then he could definately hit his overflow mark. Maybe you should cut back on the formula by a couple of oz and see if it helps. Maybe your supply is coming up since he has been nursing more. If he stops spitting up then maybe he was getting too full.

I agree, your supply could be alot higher than you think it is especially since he is confort sucking! This raises your supply! How do you know that your supply is low, after a few months your body adjusts to what the baby eats and it doesn't seem that you are making enough because your breasts aren't feeling as full as they use to. The dr. told me that spitting up doesn't mean that they have over eaten....my son spits up all the time, so i don't know weither i believe him or not. I hope things get better, i've been dealing with a biter who doesn't have teeth yet!

jeniperlyn 08-13-2006 05:57 PM

Re: Nursing to pacify + overfeeding?
 
I just realized our babies were born the same day, i would say his problem with the comfort sucking is more than likely teething!

KnottyLDSMama 08-13-2006 06:12 PM

Re: Nursing to pacify + overfeeding?
 
He went like 3 weeks without gaining any weight & was deemed as failure to thrive before we started supplementing. And him comfort nursing wouldn't have any effect on my supply, believe me. When I was trying to raise it, I went 2 days in a row letting him nurse for 9 hours straight and it didn't effect my supply at all. :( We've done EVERYTHING to raise it, and nothing works. :( I do think it's come up a little bit, as he only had like, 5 bottles yesterday (2 oz each) instead of the usual 8-9. And I have NO IDEA why he's been so fussy today. :( I know he hasn't taken his full nap (2-3 hours), but he's slept bits here and there that have added up to probably 2-3 hours. He has either strep or staph in his foreskin, but the past 2 days he's been just as happy as can be, and it's MUCH better than it was 2 days ago, so I doubt that that's the problem. :( I've been giving him the Hylands Colic pills which usually work, but they don't seem to be helping much this time. :(

*ETA* That is TOOOO funny. Zachary was the other name that we'd picked out for Xander. lol His name was actually going to be Alexander Zachary, but then we decided that if we had another boy, we'd want HIS name to be Zachary. lol

jeniperlyn 08-13-2006 06:28 PM

Re: Nursing to pacify + overfeeding?
 
Awww i'm sorry to hear that! My little guy is a piggy he averages 2lbs and 2 inches a month. I'm glad to see that your still trying to nurse, i can imagine how hard it is. I cried when Zachary was 2 days old and the dr. told me i had to supplement because of jaundice (i was so against bottles) but i'm glad he will take a bottle now although he isn't to fond of the taste of formula. I hope things eventually get better with the nursing, i know it's hard you just have to stick to it and you know he wants it when it conforts him. My lilttle guy has been getting hylands teething tabs and chewing and drooling on everything! I hope the foreskin gets better too, is this the first time having problems with it? We went to get my lil guy circ. and the dr. couldnt' do it he has to go to a specialist which won't take unit 1year and i don't think i could put him through that then!!!

I didn't think his daddy was going to give into the name Zachary, i loved it from the begining...his daddy wanted him to be Sebastian! I on the other had didn't like that name at all...

KnottyLDSMama 08-13-2006 07:02 PM

Re: Nursing to pacify + overfeeding?
 
Yeah, this is the first problem we've had and THAKFULLY it's going away. *YaY*

Julesmom23girls 08-13-2006 09:09 PM

Re: Nursing to pacify + overfeeding?
 
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He has either strep or staph in his foreskin, but the past 2 days he's been just as happy as can be, and it's MUCH better than it was 2 days ago, so I doubt that that's the problem
I am assuming that the med he is on for this are topical but it could be possible that the meds are not agreeing w/ him. I don't know how it works if you are allergic to antibiotics, are you allergic to just the oral stuff or can the topical stuff cause problems too. Just a thought, trying to help think this one through. Wish I had some better answers for you mamma.

skayers01 08-17-2006 02:04 AM

Re: Nursing to pacify + overfeeding?
 
I've always been told that a bf baby cannot be "overfed". Could it be a growth spurt? When my son nurses to pacify, he usually lets it trickle down his face mostly. Have you noticed that?

ecoria 08-23-2006 01:28 AM

Re: Nursing to pacify + overfeeding?
 
when nursing to pacify, they can adjust the sucking and will get a smaller amount and it will be the less fattier foremilk. and i wouldnt really worry about xander overfeeding, you're in no danger of him being overweight any time soon, lol.


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