Is my new baby feeding too much?
My new three-month old baby seems to have an enormous appetite. She cries for a feed very regularly and seems to be gaining weight very quickly. I am really worried I am feeding her too much. Do you have any advice?
Firstly, it’s important to remember that a baby that’s eating well and gaining weight is generally a healthy baby. Feeding patterns can also take some months to settle down. Your baby may go through a spell of feeding regularly and gaining weight and then a period where they don’t have such a great appetite.
During its first six months, a baby gains, on average, between half and 1kg per month. Because a baby is growing rapidly, it does need a lot of calories relative to its size. Your baby may look to have a lot of excess tissue but it will normally shed this when it reaches toddler stage and becomes more active.
So I would not worry too much about your baby, although it’s also helpful to realise that a feed isn’t always the answer when your baby cries out. Sometimes, a soother can relax your infant until it is nearer time for the next feed.
Even if your baby seems hungry all the time, it’s best to avoid giving it solid foods – this is not recommended until your baby is at least six months old.
Medical advice provided is not always suitable for specific cases. Always see your GP if you concerned about a medical problem.