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Bottle Feeding 101: Everything You Need to Know

Here's the big question: Is my baby eating enough, too much, or too little? During your newborn's first few months, she will need frequent feedings — every two to three hours.

Your baby will most likely go from taking 1 to 3 ounces of formula or breast milk at a time during her first few days of life to taking 6 to 8 ounces per feeding by age six months. Here's a rough guide to how much and how often to formula feed.

Every baby is different and experiences growth spurts and lulls — and therefore slight variations in hunger levels — at different points in the first six months. But, in general, you should see a gradual progression in the amount your baby eats and the time she can go between feedings. When your baby hits about 12 pounds (usually between 2 and 4 months of age), she should be able to take enough food that she finally sleeps longer through the night (phew!). Your baby's pediatrician will assess her growth at each exam and offer guidance on feedings and sleep patterns if you have any questions or concerns.

The AAP notes that it's rare for a baby to need more than 7 or 8 ounces per feeding or 36 ounces per day, so if your baby seems to be looking for more after sucking down a 7-ounce meal, talk with your pediatrician. Some babies are just sucking for comfort, so it might be wise to switch to a pacifier. Overfeeding puts babies at risk for obesity and frequent spit-up.



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