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How Much Formula for Baby?

How much formula should my baby drink each day?
ByCheryl Hardin, MD
Pediatrician
Updated
March 2, 2017
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As babies grow, they eat more at each feeding. You can get a general sense of what baby should be consuming by using these guidelines:

• Newborns: 2 to 3 ounces every 3 to 4 hours
• One-month-olds: 4 ounces every 4 hours
• Two-month-olds: 4 ounces in 6 to 7 feedings a day
• Four-month olds: 4 to 6 ounces in 6 feedings a day
• Six-month-olds: 6 to 8 ounces in 6 feedings a day
• One-year-olds: 8 ounces, 2 to 3 times a day

But don’t let this dictate exactly how you feed you baby. Every kid is different, so let baby be your guide —  follow her cues of when she’s acting hungry and when she’s not. Plus, don’t you have days where you’re hungrier and eat more than you do on others? Baby will have those too.

At each of her checkups, baby’s pediatrician will weigh her and check how she’s growing. If there are any concerns about her weight gain, talk it over with the doctor and see if her feeding amounts or frequency need to be adjusted.

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