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How Many Ounces Should A Baby Eat Chart

I remember googling “How many ounces should a baby eat chart” every day because my baby’s feedings were out of control. His feedings would change every day, and I kept forgetting what was considered normal. I was exclusively pumping so I knew exactly how many ounces I was giving him at a time. I was also supplementing with formula. He was a great eater!

In this post, the following will be discussed.

1.) How Many Ounces of Breastmilk Should A Baby Eat

2.) Exclusively Breastfeeding: How To Tell If Baby Is Still Hungry After Breastfeeding

3.)  Formula Feeding Chart By Weight

4.) How To Know If Baby Is Full

5.) How Many Ounces Should A Baby Eat Chart

how many ounces should a baby eat chart

 

How Many Ounces of Breastmilk Should A Baby Eat

If you are pumping exclusively, you will be able to see the amount of milk you give to your baby.

  • On the first day, your baby will eat one teaspoon of colostrum.
  • Your baby will have about one ounce of breast milk eight to ten times on the third day.
  • When your baby is two-weeks-old, he/she will need about 1.5 – 2 ounces eight to ten times a day.
  • When your baby is one month, he/she should have about 2– 4 ounces seven to eight times a day.
  • From One To Three Months, your baby should have about 4 –5 ounces five to seven times a day.
  • From three to six months, your baby should have about 4 – 8 ounces four to six times a day
  • A six to twelve-month-old, babies should have about 6- 8 ounces four times a day with solids

Exclusively Breastfeeding: How To Tell If Baby Is Still Hungry After Breastfeeding

If you are exclusively breastfeeding, you will not be able to count the amount of breast milk coming out. You should feed on demand, whenever the baby wants to feed, up until six months or when you start introducing solids. After introducing solids, begin a scheduled feeding routine.

To tell if your baby is still hungry after breastfeeding, look for the hungry cues. Hungry cues include closed fists, sucking on anything like fingers or toys, crying, leaning towards breasts, and opening/closing of the mouth.

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Formula Feeding Chart By Weight

Formula feeding is quite easy. Here is a trick. Feed your baby 2.5 ounces for every pound the baby weighs per day. For example, if your baby is 10 pounds, your baby should eat 25 ounces of formula per day. Keep in mind that your baby should not eat more than 32 ounces of milk a day.

Here is an estimate.

  • Newborns should have one to three ounces of formula every three to four hours.
  • One to Three-month-olds should have four to five ounces of formula every four to six hours.
  • Three to Six-month-olds should have four to eight ounces of formula every four to six hours.
  • Six months or older babies should have six to eight ounces of formula every six to eight hours.

how many ounces should i feed my baby chart

How To Know If Baby Is Full

These are some signs that your baby is full.

  • Baby stops sucking.
  • The baby moves away from the nipple or bottle.
  • Hands relax and open up.
  • Your baby begins crying after feeding begins.
  • Your baby falls asleep.

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How Many Ounces Should A Baby Eat Chart

AMOUNT PER FEEDINGNUMBER OF FEEDINGS
NEWBORN1-3 OUNCESEVERY 3-4 HOURS
1-3 MONTHS4 -5 OUNCESEVERY 4 -6 HOURS
3-6 MONTHS4-8 OUNCES EVERY 4 -6 HOURS
6-12 MONTHS6-8 OUNCES in addition to solidsEVERY 6 – 8 HOURS

1 Comment

  1. Oh this is going to be so helpful for me soon 🙂 7 weeks to go! Kris

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