How Much & When To Bottle Feed

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How Much & When To Bottle Feed

  • Watch and feed your baby when they show signs of feeding readiness.
  • After the first few days, your baby will take from 2 to 3 ounces of bottled breast milk or formula every three to four hours, on average during the first few weeks.
  • During the first month if your baby sleeps longer than four to five hours and starts missing feedings, wake them up and offer a bottle.
  • By the end of the first month, your baby may take up to four ounces per feeding, and likely have a schedule of feeding about every four hours.
  • By six months your baby may take in six to eight ounces at each of the four or five feedings in 24 hours.
  • Your baby will most likely regulate the amount taken to meet their own specific needs. Let them tell you when they have had enough. You should not force your baby to finish a bottle with each feeding.
  • If your baby regularly seems to want more or less, keep a record of feedings and discuss this with your baby's health care provider.
  • Follow up with your health care provider as directed and discuss any questions you have with them.