As new moms, it's easy to worry about everything. Whether your baby is eating enough or, conversely, whether they're eating too much, are two of the top concerns many new moms may face. Luckily, learning the ways your baby is trying to tell you they're overfeeding and using a "paced" approach to feeding your baby, overeating won't be an issue.
Evidence shows you can't overfeed a breastfed baby, but when you give your baby a bottle, your baby runs the risk of over eating. Here's why: according to Motherlove, bottle fed babies don't have the ability to regulate their milk intake. Oftentimes the milk will come out of bottle nipples much quicker than from a breast, causing them to eat more than they generally would.
According to Kids Spot, there are many different causes of overeating for bottle fed babies. Sleep deprivation, feeding too quickly, feeding-sleep association, and ignoring the signs of fullness are several of the most common culprits.
Feeding your baby based on their hunger cues, and not on a strict schedule, is the best way to ensure you're not overfeeding your baby. And paying attention to the following signs of fullness will ensure your baby is happily full, and not over-full.