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Old Mar 9th, 2013, 15:42 PM   1
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BLW baby eating too much?


We started BLW with Clara two weeks ago and she has taken to it extremely well. However I am actually worried that she is eating too much. She seems to eat more than my three year old, she is just so determined and she keeps going until it is all gone with remarkably little food dropped on the floor at the end. She just keeps eating for as long as I keep giving her food. Food is all chewed and swallowed. DS was just playing with food at this stage and maybe swallowing tiny bits.

Her poos have changed to solid formed poos already which seems really early. She was quite constipated a few days ago although she has been pooing all day today. I worry that it's too much too soon and that it's too big of an adjustment for her digestive system. I also worry that she won't take enough breastmilk. I always offer milk before solids but I find it hard to get her to feed properly during the day (although she's still feeding quite a bit at night). I worry about her weaning from breastfeeding too early or my supply being affected.

I have been reading through the BLW book and I know the advice is to trust your baby to self-regulate, but it is geared much more towards babies not seeming to eat enough rather than eating too much.

Has anyone else had this problem? How did it turn out over time? Am I worrying about nothing? Should I just be grateful that I have a good eater for the moment and wait for the inevitable picky toddler phase!



 
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Old Mar 10th, 2013, 04:40 AM   2
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Scarlett eats more than ruby quite often. She eats so much fruit, in particular, I do stop offering sometimes. E.g she would eat a whole punnet of blueberries if I let her, which I obviously don't! I also limit things like raspberries, grapes etc that could cause tummy ache, again she would eat obscene quantities of both of those! Other than that, if she has eaten everything I offer a different thing, or some breakfast cereal or something.
I can't get Scarlett to bf in the day much. She is older at 13 months but she doesn't have more than a few sips of water and no cows milk. She stopped most of her day bfing around the 10 month mark. She has a really long evening feed then another 1-2 before morning.
If she seems happy and content id not worry. If she's feeding through the night id not worry about premature weaning from bf.
Scarlett's poo was solid the minute she started having bits of food! They obviously chew food well or something, ruby's was full of undigested food but scarletts never is. Haha tmi sorry!
So really I wouldn't worry, id make sure you are offering enough of each food group though and if she is still looking for more, think about offering more protein or carbs rather than more fruit or veg. I don't know how scientific that is but it makes sense to me!



 
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Old Mar 11th, 2013, 12:20 PM   3
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Thanks Claire. I think I was just a bit shocked by how quickly she is actually eating huge quantities. However her system seems to be adjusting (no more constipation) and she definitely seems happy.

Anyone else have a baby who took to BLW really quickly? No one can believe she's only been eating two weeks.



 
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Old Mar 11th, 2013, 16:52 PM   4
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Yes I posted a similar question. My LO eats loads, he has 3 meals and doesn't stop eating!! He loved it from the word go.

I bottle feed so I can't really help with your concerns about supply etc but my LO has gone from having 5 bottles to having 3 bottles since weaning so it has reduced his milk intake.

I've never heard about any baby that has developed any problems from eating a lot when BLW so I'm just going to assume its all fine and not worry about it!!!!



 
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Old Mar 22nd, 2013, 09:37 AM   5
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Just wanted to update this in case anyone else has the same problem. She is almost seven months now and has been on solids for a month. While she's still very enthusiastic about food and eats very well, she has toned it down a little bit and will stop eating if she is full. She now eats more like what I would consider a reasonable quantity for a baby! Also her poos have settled down and become more like normal transitional mushy weaning poos, rather than looking like adult poo.

So I guess they do self-regulate their intake. I just think BLW is amazing!



 
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