This means that you will need to start allowing your baby to drain one breast as much as possible before offering the other. In this way your baby will be receiving
the substantial hind milk too, instead of just watery fore-milk, which
causes the cramps and/or gas. With the next feeding, you can start with
the opposite breast.
Rare reasons: Heart failure, renal anomalies, and/or endocrine
disorders, which all make continued breastfeeding even more essential.
Overfeed a Breastfed Baby ~ How Much Should a Newborn Eat?
How often should I breastfeed?
A mother should
breastfeed on demand
“whenever her baby wants to”. When breastfeeding on demand, a baby will usually
feed every 2 – 3 hours. But some babies might breastfeed every
hour for the first few weeks. Most feedings range between 15 – 30
Breast milk is digested very easily, much faster than formula; this is why your baby will need to drink frequently.
After a few weeks, the mother’s milk supply will be more adequate and her baby will have acquired the skill of breastfeeding aggressively, which means longer time periods between feedings.
Formula fed babies
Formula fed babies will usually drink between 2 – 3 ounces of formula per feed by six months of age. The amount should increase to approximately 6 – 8 ounces. Frequency of feeding usually drops to 4 – 5 feeds per day.
If your baby is drinking formula more often than five times per day after about five months, then it is time to start adding solids to the diet.
Do I Need to Give Baby Anything Else to Drink?
Overfeed a breastfed baby
A mother should exclusively breastfeed, until six months, then only should she start adding foods to her baby’s diet. Giving your baby any other foods or drink before six months, is unnecessary and can cause excessive weight gain.
Babies who are exclusively breastfed do not need any water or other liquids. Your breast milk has all the water and nutrients that your baby needs.
If your baby is not picking up weight due to a low milk supply, you can supplement with donor breast milk or formula and use an SNS.
An SNS is a device that can be attached to your breast with a little pipe; the milk flows out of the pipe and encourages a baby to suck, thereby increasing a mother's own milk supply.