When moms worry about how their baby is eating, they tend to worry about them not drinking enough milk to keep them happy and healthy. That is usually the first thing that will pop into their heads and we usually never think about the other end of the spectrum until it is already too late. By this, they are talking about the baby actually taking in too much milk to the point where it is considered overfeeding.
Some parents may feel like there is not an issue with their baby drinking too much milk, but a baby overeating can lead to some medical complications and concerns such as tummy issues, spitting up more often, or it can even lead to the baby having extra unpleasant gassiness.
When babies take in too much milk, a variety of different physical signs and symptoms can be caused, some of which can actually feel quite unpleasant for them -- sometimes even a bit painful – and that is the last thing we want for our little ones.
The sooner that a mom learns the physical signs that their little one is drinking too much milk, the sooner they will be able to rectify the situation so that their baby boy or girl can feel like his or her normal self again.
If you would like to know what some of the physical signs of a baby who is drinking too much milk, please continue reading below.
15 A Puffy-Looking Tummy
When adults overeat and feel stuffed, their stomach usually becomes bloated and may look a little bit puffed out. According to Livestrong.com, babies are the same way.
After all, what are babies other than tiny little adults waiting to grow up fully? Sometimes with the bloated tummy can come some discomfort and even pain.
I don't know about you, but when my tummy is bloated, it can hurt quite a bit. You feel overstuffed like you could never eat another piece of food ever again. Babies can feel that way too.
According to Tummycalm.com, the bloating and swelling in the abdomen can come from when gas gets trapped inside the stomach without a way of being eliminated. Gas can actually be caused when air is swallowed, and when babies drink milk, they do tend to take in a lot of air in between gulps.
The more milk they take in, the more air that has the possibility of getting trapped inside of their tiny bellies. When gas gets stuck in the stomach, it can form what is known as gas pockets, which can cause the tummy to distend.
14 Growth Actually Slows Down
On the opposite side of a baby gaining those ounces is actually the fact that his or her growth can slow down. If they don’t gain the ounces and pounds, they can actually lose them, and it may appear that their growth has come to a halt if they begin to spit up a lot due to being overfed, according to Romper.com.
A mom or dad cannot solely rely on their baby girl or boy’s fluctuations in how big they are or aren’t getting to fully determine if they are drinking too much milk and overeating. It is best to look for other physical signs and symptoms. Lucky for you, there are plenty of other signs to go by on this list to help you determine if your baby’s decrease – or increase – in ounces and possibly pounds has to do with overeating.
It is always best to take your little one to their pediatrician as soon as possible when you take notice of the fact that he or she is starting to drop a few ounces – or more. Babies should be growing, so when growth is halted, it’s definitely worth getting checked out by a professional.
13 Legs Are Pulled Up Towards the Abdomen
When babies overeat, they can have a lot of discomfort and pain which will generally make them feel overall uncomfortable. Just like when adults and children eat too much. But with babies, according to Romper.com, they can sometimes pull their legs up to the abdomen, and at times they may even go as far as to their chest.
I guess it’s a good thing that babies are flexible. This is most likely in an attempt to try to ease their pain.
It would almost be like how an adult may sometimes, when they are in a lot of stomach pain, lay on their side and curl up into a ball, or better known as the fetal position.
If your baby is going this, try to take notice if they are experiencing any of the other signs on this list to see if it may be due to overfeeding. If that is the case, try paying attention to your baby’s cues in order to tell when they are hungry or not.
When a baby is hungry, their cries tend to sound short, high-pitched and will rise and fall.
If you can get used to how your baby’s cries sound, it will be so much easier to determine when he or she is hungry if something else is needed, according to Enfamil.com.
12 Hiccuping More Than Before
Usually, when people think of hiccuping they think of an adult drinking a little too much mommy juice, but for babies that is just not the case. When a baby is drinking, they tend to swallow a lot of air when they are gulping down their delicious and nutritious milk.
Babies who tend to drink too fast sometimes tend to overeat which could lead to the baby developing the hiccups more often than other babies. According to Tummycalm.com, hiccups can happen when the diaphragm becomes irritated. The diaphragm is a dome-shaped muscle at the bottom of the chest. We all have one.
The hiccups usually only last a few minutes, but in rare cases, they have been known to last for days. That is just insane. I would not be able to imagine hiccuping for days on end.
Even after a few minutes, they can turn into quite the nuisance. We can only imagine how a little one would feel since they really cannot do anything about it or verbalize how much of a nuisance it really it. And what can cause the diaphragm to become irritated is eating too quickly and actually just being nervous or excited can send us into bouts of the hiccups.
11 One Too Many Diaper Changes
To a mom, it may feel like diaper duty will never end. There is always a wet or stinky diaper that needs to be changed after your little one is born.
The average baby should only have about four to five soaking wet diapers within a 24 hour period, according to Workingmother.com.
If a baby is having more than eight, then mom really needs to start questioning why. The reason could be something so simple that could potentially have an easy fix. It could be that the baby is drinking too much milk and is overeating. The more fluids in, the more fluids out – just like with every other human being.
This is one of those things were you have to look to see if your baby has any other physical signs that are on this list in order to conclude that, “Yes, in fact, my child has been drinking too much milk and that is why he – or she – is having more soaking wet diapers.”
It would be hard to tell if this alone is caused by overeating, but when it goes hand-in-hand with other things on this light, then it may be time to see your baby’s pediatrician. Their doctor will be able to give you a better idea of what is going on with your little one.
10 Belching Without A Pat On The Back
Belching happens to be another nice and sometimes unpleasant way of expelling the gases that we have built up in a body. When we don’t let those gases out, they can turn into these unpleasant gas pockets that can cause your baby’s abdomen to get bloated – which it can usually feel quite discomforting and painful. This happens in the same way as it does with adults. When a baby is overeating, according to Kidspot.com.au, they will typically tend to have large belches.
You may not even have to pat them on the back to hear the rumbles. Your baby may even be able to belch with the finest and win in any contest.
As with any belching baby, there may be some of that spit up that parents to love to get all of their clothes as well. At least when your baby burps, it should help relieve some of those uncomfortable feelings from being full of gas. At least it’s not blasting out of the other end and clearing out the room.
It could be worse. Along with this sign, you may also want to look for other ones on this list to see if it is possible that your little guy or gal could be drinking too much milk such as spitting up more than usual, eight or more soaking wet diapers, tooting for the rear, and some really foul smelling gifts for mom or dad.
9 The Ounces Keep Going Up
Babies tend to grow rather fast, and sometimes it may feel like every time they get weighed, they go up quite a few ounces. This can be normal sometimes, but it is also a sign that a baby is overfed and drinking too much milk, according to Livestrong.com.
Babies are just like everyone else when it comes to overeating – the more they eat, the more they gain.
If they are taking in much more calories than their little bodies are actually burning, they are bound to pack on more ounces, which can lead to more pounds, according to Kidspot.com.
This is one of those things that a mom has to make sure they are taking their baby girl or boy to all of their good checkups to make sure that they are within the normal height and ounces percentile for how old they are getting. Other than how the baby is visually growing in size, this is the only other real way to tell that they are getting too big for their age bracket.
It is usually a good idea to let a baby decide when they are hungry, especially if they are a newborn, rather than trying to force the baby to eat at specific times if they are not hungry.
8 Tooting Up A Storm
In adults, children, and babies it is actually normal to pass gas anywhere from 14 to 23 times a day, according to Tummycalm.com. That is a lot of methane from every person in this world going up in the air! Actually, a little-known fact about passing gas is that when we expel a toot, according to Oddee.com, we are releasing five different chemicals into the air; nitrogen, hydrogen, carbon dioxide, methane, and oxygen.
When it comes to a baby overeating and drinking too much milk, it can really cause babies of any age to toot up a storm.
The two main causes of excessive gas are swallowed air and the normal breakdown of undigested foods, according to Tummycalm.com. When a baby drinks – especially when they are drinking fast – or even cries excessively they are swallowing air which can cause gas. And when we have gas, it needs to expelled somehow to avoid bloating.
Sure, all babies pass gas. But it can get a bit excessive and wild when the baby is being overfed or when he or she is drinking too much milk. If you notice your baby has been a bit gassier than usual, it’s best to talk to your child’s pediatrician.
7 Spitting Up More Than Normal
Spitting up can be one of those difficult indications when it comes to a baby drinking too much milk because, well, they are babies. They are notorious for spitting up all over your brand new favorite shirt.
This is because it is very common for babies to have reflux, which happens when the milk your baby just drank comes back up.
According to Babycentre.co.uk, at least 40 percent of babies actually have reflux. So, knowing when the spit up comes from that and from being overfed can sometimes get a bit tricky.
If your baby sort of pushes the bottle away a bit during a feeding and then proceeds to spit up, according to Thebump.com, which can then be a sign the baby’s spit up has to do with the fact that he or she has been overfed.
If at any time you happen to notice that your baby is pushing away the bottle, that is a good indication that they have had enough. But if he or she is spitting up a lot during and after feedings, when it comes to the baby drinking too much milk, it is a good idea to look for other signs on this list to see is if overfeeding is a possibility.
6 Really Stinky Diapers
No one likes having to be the one that has to change those stinky diapers. It’s messy, it’s smelly, and it is not for the weak stomached kinds of people – that’s for sure. But, nevertheless, the job has to be done, and a majority of the time it’s usually the mom’s job to take care of these not so pleasant messes.
It may seem like an odd thing to do, but really paying attention to how your baby’s number two’s usually look is a good way to tell if something isn’t quite right with them or their digestive system.
If you don’t do this, it may be easy to miss the warning signs for something worse.
Frequent extra stinky, foul-smelling and usually runny bowel movements are one indication that your baby may be drinking too much milk and, therefore, being overfed, according to Kidspot.com.au.
If you see those nasty deuces with other things on this list such as more than eight soaking wet diapers per every 24 hour period, or excessive spit-up that you know isn’t related to reflux, it may be time to reevaluated exactly how much milk your little one is actually getting. If you notice a change in their putrid bowels, you should contact your baby’s doctor for an evaluation.
5 The Baby Is Always Fussy
Babies can get really irritable and fussy sometimes; it’s bound to happen one way or another. But there is usually an underlying reason why they get like this.
Sometimes you check your baby over, you check their diaper, see if they want a bottle, try to put them down for a nap, but nothing seems to help soothe your irritated child.
If this has happened to you, and you have not been able to find the cause, there is the real possibility that your baby is filled to the max with their milk intake in their tiny bellies and has been overfed, according to Romper.com.
When a baby drinks too much milk, there is the possibility that has overdone it. This is more common in bottle-fed babies than breastfed babies because of their sucking reflex, where they are basically programmed just to start sucking when something touches the roof of their mouth, according to Stanfordchildren.org.
When babies eat too much, they usually feel some kind of discomfort just like us adults too. This alone is enough to send anyone into a fussy mood, especially a baby who has no other means of communicating what is wrong with them and what is hurting.
4 Won’t Sleep Through The Night
Your baby just had his or her last bottle of the night, and you are hoping that he or she will peacefully drift off to sleep long enough to give you some shut-eye after a long hard day as well.
The only problem is, your baby doesn’t seem to want to either go to sleep or stay asleep. If this sounds very familiar to you, then there is the chance that your baby may be drinking too much milk throughout the day, according to Newkidcenter.com.
A baby may have poor sleep habits because of the fact that he or she may have some stomach discomfort from being overfed such as bloating, stomach cramping, or just being gassy. When you are I eat too much before bed, there is a chance we wouldn’t be feeling our best either.
Interestingly enough, according to the Dailymail.co.uk, a study had been performed on 600 infants determining that if a baby was being fed too much in their first few weeks of life and they would have bad sleeping habits.
This means that if a baby was fed more than 11 times per day, by the time that baby is three-months-old, the chances of getting him or her to sleep well are greatly diminished.
3 Belly Aches And Tender Tummies
Bellyaches are no fun for anyone, especially for a little one who doesn’t know how to soothe their own tender tummy. Moms don’t like it either because they may sometimes feel incredibly helpless when their child is hurting in any way.
Stomachaches are bound to happen at some point in your child’s life. This is also the case when the baby is drinking too much milk, according to Livestrong.com.
Along with a belly ache, you must look for other signs on this such as crying more than usual, a puffed out and bloated little tummy, excessive wet diapers, or really foul smelling number two’s to see if there is the possibility that your baby could be overfed.
A belly ache is not something that you can really go by to diagnose an overfed baby alone.
According to Livestrong.com, if you want to try to ease your child’s stomach pain, you can try to peddle your little one’s feet in the motions of riding a bicycle and rubbing his or her belly in a counterclockwise motion. Your baby may have an upset stomach because he or she is really gassy or full. Sometimes when it’s gas, you may be able to hear gurgling noises coming from your child’s stomach.
2 Crying More Than Usual
This next one is something that is really to be expected when your baby has been drinking too much milk and didn’t feel well. You can expect your little one to cry more often. Especially when he or she is in pain.
Since babies cannot speak yet, the only means of communication they have to let their parents know when they need something or if aren’t feeling well or something isn’t right is to cry.
That is the main reason that they cry it out method isn’t the best idea is because of the fact that babies only way of communicating is by crying.
When a baby has been drinking way too much milk, they are bound to cry, according to Strong4life.com. This is most likely the case since babies become fussy, irritable, their stomach may hurt, they may be gassy and bloated. Overall, they are just not feeling their best. And this is completely understandable.
You can check this list to see if there are any other signs that may indicate that your baby is being overfed. If you can not find out the source of their crying, you may want to consult with your baby's pediatrician to see what the recommend.
1 Refusing To Eat More
If you have ever tried to get, your baby to finish what's in their bottle because it’s only a little bit and you don’t want the rest of the formula to go to waste – after all, the formula can be expensive – you are going about this the wrong way.
Your baby will usually let you know that they are full and done eating when they try to turn their head away from the bottle, according to Newkidscenter.com.
You should never try to force feed your little one, because that is one sure way to lead to overfeeding and then your baby may experience all or some of the things on this list such as frequent soaking wet diapers, foul smelling bowel movements, being extremely fussy, as well as belching and tooting up a storm.
Breastfeed babies will always turn their head away from “the girls” when they are feeling full. Although, overfeeding and breastfeeding don’t usually go hand in hand. It is usually bottle fed babies who have the tendency to take in too much milk.
There may be a more serious reason behind your baby not eating. That is why you should always check with your child’s pediatrician to see what they recommend doing. Babies need to eat to thrive, so if they are refusing to eat then something may not be right.
References: Livestrong.com, Kidspot.com.au, Romper.com, Babycareadvice.com, Tummycalm.com, Oddee.com, Workingmother.com, Thebump.com, Babycentre.co.uk, Newkidscenter.com, Standfordchildren.org, Dailymail.co.uk, Strong4life.com, Romper.com, Enfamil.com