How Much Do Babies Eat?

Description: Your sweet bundle of joy has finally arrived! You have so many questions and it can seem overwhelming. How do you know how much and how often to feed your little one? This blog will help you understand how much babies eat. 

Knowing how much to feed your baby is a combination of knowledge and intuition. As you grow with your baby, you will quickly get to know your baby’s eating habits. Do not worry, it all gets easier as you and your baby grow together. 

Nonverbal Cues

Your baby has ways to signal hunger and fullness before they can talk. As you get to know your baby, you will be able to tell when your baby is hungry. Little ones can tell you in a variety of ways how they are feeling. Some babies might suck or smack their lips when they get hungry, while others suck their hands or fists. Newborns often search around for a bottle or nipple with an open mouth. Often, babies cry to signal hunger. 

Babies also have cues to signal when they are full and finished eating. They may close their mouths, turn their heads away, or simply fall asleep. 

How Much Formula?

How much to feed your baby depends a lot on your individual baby. Experts do agree on some basic guidelines for how much formula to mix:

  • Newborns who are less than a week old eat very small amounts frequently. Watch for cues to detect hunger. A newborn should have 6 to 8 wet diapers a day and gain around 4 ounces a week. 
  • Babies that are 1 to 2 weeks old drink 6 to 10 bottles that are 2 to 3 ounces each in a 24-hour period. 
  • Once they are 3 to 8 weeks old, babies tend to drink more in each feeding. They generally ingest 5 to 8 bottles a day that are 3 to 5 ounces each. 
  • Babies that are 2 to 5 months old drink 5 to 7 bottles a day that are 4 to 6 ounces each. 
  • At 6 months old, most babies are starting to try solid foods and drinking less formula. 6 to 8-month-old, babies generally have around 4 to 5 bottles a day that are between 4 and 8 ounces each. This is supplemented by solid foods. 
  • Whole milk is introduced between 9 and 12 months old. At this point, formula is phased out in favor of a balanced diet of solid food and whole milk. 

What about Breast Milk?

Breastfeeding is more difficult to measure in ounces unless it is pumped and fed in a bottle. A newborn baby generally nurses every 1 to 3 hours or 8 to 12 times a day. When your baby is around 1 to 2 months old, they will nurse approximately 7 to 9 times a day. Be sure to follow your baby’s hunger and fullness cues to know when they need to nurse and when to stop. As you get to know your baby’s routines, you (and your body) will know when they are hungry or full.

A portable Baby Blendy system along with Bay Bay distilled water take some pressure off of figuring out how to feed your baby. You will have one less thing on your mind when you know your formula is being blended without added gas and the distilled water is ready to go. 

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