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Overfeeding a baby often causes the baby discomfort because he or she can't digest all of the breast milk or formula properly. When fed too much, a baby may also swallow
air, which can produce gas, increase discomfort in the belly, and lead to
crying. An overfed baby also may spit up more than usual and have loose stools. Although
crying from discomfort is not
colic, it can make crying more frequent and more
intense in an already colicky baby.
Babies give cues during feeding that indicate how hungry they are.
Pay attention to these cues to help determine when your baby has had enough to
The amount of food each baby needs varies. Young babies usually
do not take more breast milk or formula than they need. In general, your baby
should seem healthy and happy and have good muscle tone, healthy skin, and good
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsSpecialist Medical ReviewerRhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
Current as ofNovember 14, 2014
Current as of:
November 14, 2014
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
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