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How much do babies eat depending on their age?

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Newborn to 2 months: During their first month, babies need to eat 8-12 times each day. That’s about once every 2-3 hours. Some who are breastfeeding, though, can eat every 1.5 hours, and up to 15 times a day. If your baby isn’t waking up on his own for a feeding during the first few weeks, you should get him up to eat on schedule.

If you’re breastfeeding, your little one will spend about 10 to 20 minutes on your breast. Some may nurse for longer, but make sure he’s actually sucking and swallowing the whole time.

Giving formula? Plan on your baby drinking 1.5 to 3 ounces at each feeding.

After about a month, he’ll start eating at least 4 ounces at each feeding. As breastfed babies get the hang of nursing, they’ll get more milk from you, too. You may not notice, though, since they’ll do it in less time.

Whether you’re nursing or bottle feeding, as your baby keeps growing, so will his appetite.

At 2 months, he may drink 4-5 ounces at each feeding, 3-4 hours apart.

At 4 months, he may need up to 6 ounces every time. The pediatrician also may encourage you to start to introduce solid foods.

By 6 months, some babies drink as much as 8 ounces of breastmilk or formula even as they go longer between feedings.

SOURCES:

La Leche League International: “How can I tell if my baby is getting enough milk?”

Mayo Clinic: “Feeding your newborn: Tips for new parents,” “Infant and toddler health.”

HealthyChildren.org: “Amount and Schedule of Formula Feedings.”

KidsHealth from Nemours: “Formula Feeding FAQs: How Much and How Often.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Feeding Your Baby: The First Year.”

Bright Futures/AAP: “Nutrition Supervision.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Breastfeeding Initiatives: FAQs.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on March 09, 2018

SOURCES:

La Leche League International: “How can I tell if my baby is getting enough milk?”

Mayo Clinic: “Feeding your newborn: Tips for new parents,” “Infant and toddler health.”

HealthyChildren.org: “Amount and Schedule of Formula Feedings.”

KidsHealth from Nemours: “Formula Feeding FAQs: How Much and How Often.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Feeding Your Baby: The First Year.”

Bright Futures/AAP: “Nutrition Supervision.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Breastfeeding Initiatives: FAQs.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on March 09, 2018

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