This post is primarily geared towards exclusive pumpers. Babies that directly nurse will stop eating when they are full since nursing takes more work than drinking from a bottle. If you are nursing and feel that your baby is nursing too long then you may want to make sure that they are actually eating and not just using you as a pacifier for comfort. This is common with young babies. If that is the case, then pull him off once you notice that he is no longer swallowing. Just make sure that you’ve allowed him enough time. A good rule of thumb is 15-20 minutes per side.This post contains affiliate links. That means that if you buy something through one of my links I’ll receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I will never suggest a product or service that I don’t use and love myself because that’s just wrong. If you like reading legal mumbo-jumbo then you can check out my disclosure policy HERE.
Eat, sleep, poop, repeat. This is life with a newborn. Pretty much the only time you see them awake is when they’re eating and even then they may not stay awake for the whole thing. Since eating is really the only thing they can do, it tends to be the thing that they really like to do. Some babies will turn into ravenous piranhas the moment you step into the room because they can smell it, the milk. I have seen my guy wake up from a dead sleep just because I walked within 5 feet of him. It’s insane. That being said, some babies love the milk a little too much and are overeating. While you can’t over feed a breast fed baby, drinking too much milk in one sitting can stretch out their stomachs too much which can lead to overeating in the future when they get to solids. You always want to make sure that they’re getting enough, but not to that extent. So if you have a big eater, there are a few things that you can do to help make sure they aren’t overindulging.