There are no set rules for how much formula your baby needs to drink. It depends on quite a few factors like, the baby’s weight, age, and appetite. The quantity of formula will also vary if the baby is being fed breast milk or solids along with it.
However, there are some basic guidelines and a few tips to help you understand how much and how often to feed formula milk to your munchkin.
Formula feed in the first week after the baby is born should be as per the baby’s demand. From the next week onwards, it is important not to overfeed the baby. This will ensure that baby maintains a healthy weight.
The size of the baby’s stomach is small and most of them would want to get fed after every two hours. Offer 30 to 90 ml of formula every two to three hours. Gradually work this up as the demand goes up because of growth spurts but refrain from forcing the baby to have more than he wants.
Most babies double their birth weight by 3 months. Their stomach grows bigger and they need fewer bottles in a day with more formula in it. They would be consuming about 5-7 bottles with 120 to 150 ml of formula in it through a day.
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3-4 month old babies need around 180 to 210 ml of formula milk per feeding in a duration of 24 hours.
By this time the baby could be drinking around 180 to 240 ml of formula per feeding in a day.
Though he may be drinking around 180 to 240 ml of formula, the total intake of the formula should not go up by more than 32 ounces (approx 960 ml) for a day. This is the upper daily intake for babies of 6 months or lower, recommended by American Academy of Pediatrics.
This is an important phase since solids are introduced for most babies after they cross the 6 months mark. If that’s the case with your baby too, scale down the amount of formula he is being fed a bit. Babies should not be dependent on solids in this phase. It should only be used as complementary foods and most of the child’s nutrition should come from either breastmilk or formula milk.
They would be consuming around 180 to 240 ml of formula milk per bottle in a day depending on how well the baby is responding to solids.
The baby is most likely to maintain the 5-6 bottle of 180 to 240 ml formula per day until his first birthday supplemented with the baby food. If he demands more than that on a constant basis, you should consult the doctor.
There are a few things you can check to make sure that you are feeding your baby the required amount of formula:
The baby should gain weight after the first two weeks and then continue to gain weight steadily for the first year when given the right amount of formula.
The baby should wet at least 5 to 6 disposable diapers or 6 to 8 cloth diapers in a day.
The baby seems happy and satisfied after the feeding.
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If you are still worried and not sure if your baby is having too much or too little of formula, consult with your doctor as they can check the baby’s weight and growth and advise you accordingly.
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