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How much formula to feed baby?


The amount of formula milk that a baby drinks is not fixed. It may change every feeding or every day. It is dependent on his weight, his rate of growth, and his level of hunger. A baby should take around 2 1/2 ounces of formula a day for each pound he weighs. For example, if baby’s weight is 12 pounds, he should be drinking around 30 ounces a day. If the baby seems to want to drink more than 1 quart (32 ounces) of milk a day or that he wants to drink less, you should consult with the baby’s health caregiver.

Your babies’ appetite varies.

Since the amount of hunger of babies varies, he might want to drink more in one day and then maybe less on the following day. Look at your baby and let him tell you when he has consumed enough milk. When the baby shows sign of being satisfied (like turning away his head, seals his lips or spits out the nipple) and no longer wants to drink, do not continue feeding him.

Different brand of formula milks

Different brand of formula milks have different milk to water proportions. Just make sure to follow what is indicated on the label of what you are feeding your baby. The following are some guidelines into how much formula milk a baby should drink:

First eight weeks: The frequency of feeding must be around 6 to 8 times a day, every 3 to 4 hours during the first eight weeks. Each feeding is about 2 to 4 ounces. If the baby is asleep longer than 4 to 5 hours, wake him up to be fed.

Two to six months: This time, the baby should drink 4 to 5 feedings each day, drinking 4 to 8 ounces every feeding. When your baby is 2-3 months old, he may start to sleep through the night like an adult. When this starts to occur, you can stop waking up to feed the baby.

Six to 12 months: Feeding frequency lessens as babies get older. This time, babies drink only around 3 to 5 feedings per day. However, he can drink up to 8 ounces each feeding. Time in between feedings may also be increased if the baby is not hungry. Semisolid foods can also be introduced in this stage, and additional different foods can be added over time.

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