Stop overfeeding and learn how much formula your baby needs during the day.
Similar to adults and children, babies have different appetites. Some babies require only a small amount of milk while others tend to drink large volumes in a day. Some babies stop feeding when they are full while others still continue to suckle to the point of overfeeding. Because of these differences, it makes it really hard for parents to gauge how much formula their children are nutritionally required to consume.
Deciphering how much formula your baby needs may seem confusing and complicated, but with the help of this guide, you should be able to determine if your baby is getting enough or less of what is required.
Visit your doctor
The best thing to do when you are unsure on how much to feed your baby is to visit a paediatrician. By assessing your child’s age, weight and height, the doctor can guide you on how much formula your baby needs per month.
Formula amount by weight
A simple calculation can help you determine how much formula your baby needs. Multiply your baby’s weight by two and divide it into the number of feedings in a day.
For example: your 10 pound baby would need about 20-25 ounces of milk in 24 hours. If your baby feeds 5 times in 24 hours, you will need to give about 4 to 5 ounces of formula every feeding.
Formula amount by age
Apart from the weight, you can also determine how much formula your baby needs by age. Newborn babies usually need about an ounce or two during each feeding. It may seem too little but since these babies feed every few hours, they will still get the required amount of milk that they need.
Babies who are one to two months old usually require 3-4 ounces of milk per feeding while two to six month old babies generally need 4-6 ounces. 6 month old babies and older are usually satisfied after drinking 6-8 ounces of formula.