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can a 3 week old baby overfeed?

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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Yes and no: By nature an infant will enjoy suckling and can feed continuously if offered. In general more than 15 min/side when breastfeeding has emptied the system & any more is just nurturing. Bottle feeders generally stop when the bottle is empty & a goal is to put enough in until a little is left when they stop. If they spit up often, too much. Usual feed=1/2 their pound weight as ounces. (8lb=4oz)
Answered on Jul 5, 2018
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