HOW MUCH FORMULA DOES YOUR BABY NEED?
You know that every baby is different. How often and how much you should feed your baby depends on your infant’s needs: age, weight and healthy growth. But there are some basic guidelines that can help you to feed your little one.
Normally babies eat when they are hungry and stop when they are full. So it’s very important to pay attention to your baby’s hunger cues.
Signals of hunger cues are:
- Baby is putting her hands to the mouth
- Baby is opening her mouth or smacking lips
- Rooting or sucking
If your baby finishes the feeding quickly and is looking around – that means that she wants more. During the growth spurts, your baby may be hungrier than usual.
Here are some general tips which can help you to figure out how much formula your baby need and how often you should feed your infant.
Remember that your newborn’s belly is tiny. So they do not need so much formula to be full. You can start with 1 or 2 ounces in the first days if your baby is only formula-fed. Give more if they show hunger signals. And remember that most newborns need food 8-12 times in 24 hours.
Every day your baby will be getting older and will need more formula – so time between feedings will be longer. They will take what they need. From 6 to 12 months your baby should be feed with formula or solid food about 5-6 times per day.
Here are typical amounts on age per feed:
- The first week: 1 to 2 ounces
- By 2 weeks: 2 to 3 ounces
- From 2 to 4 weeks: 2 to 4 ounces
- By 1 month: 4 ounces
- By 2 months: 4 to 5 ounces
- By 4 months: 4 to 6 ounces
- By 6 months: 6 to 8 ounces
When your baby is 12 months old you can switch them to cow’s milk. But do this gradually. But if you still want to feed them with formula we have wide range on our website www.b4ybaby.com
Also, to help you we have a feeding chart depending on different baby formula brands. Press here to see it.
Always pay attention to the signals:
- Happy baby
- Steady weight gain
- Wet diapers
So you will be sure that your baby gets the right amount of formula.
But is your baby is vomiting or tummy pain after a feeding that may be a sign that she got too much. And remember that spitting up is normal.
If you still worry about that – talk to your doctor.