Figuring out how much milk to feed a baby can be one of the most confusing tasks of new motherhood. It can be especially difficult if you're exclusively breastfeeding, meaning, you can't actually see how much your baby is ingesting. Even if you're measuring milk or formula into a bottle and giving it to your baby, the amount they eat seemingly goes up and down with no rhyme or reason. It can feel like rocket science, to be honest. Undereating and overeating are often concerns for new moms. So what are the signs your baby is getting too much milk?
There are many stories floating around about moms who don't seem to make enough breast milk, but there are also moms that make too much. It may sound like a dream to anyone that's struggled with supply before, but Baby Center noted that oversupply, or hyperlactation, can be an issue too. It can cause the mom to experience pain in her breasts, engorgement, and can present feeding issues for the baby, like overeating.
Breastfed babies aren't the only ones that could be overfed — formula fed babies can experience the same issue. However you feed your baby know that any issues with feeding can be corrected with a little observation and diligence. Here are seven things you can look out for if you suspect your baby is eating too much.