16Overfeeding The Baby
In the first few weeks of a newborn's life, moms can obsess over whether the baby is getting enough food, especially if mom is trying to breastfeed and can't see the number of ounces consumed. But there is a possibility of overfeeding the baby — it's rare, but it needs
to be talked about.
Newborns have a natural mechanism that allows them to stop eating when they are full. But if a mom forces the baby to eat — which happens more often with bottle-fed babies — it can cause a lifetime of unhealthy habits. Talk to the pediatrician about any concerns before force-feeding.