Formula Feeding Guidelines

The American Academy of Pediatrics has provided some general formula feeding guidelines for newborns.

Month

For a Baby Boy

For a Baby Girl

Feedings per Day

 
Weight in lbs
Formula in ounces per day
Weight in lbs
Formula in ounces per day
 
Month 1
10
25
9
22½
Every 4 hours
Month 2
11½
28¾
11
27½
6 to 7 feedings a day
Month 3
13
32½
12
30
6 to 7 feedings a day
Month 4
15
37½
13½
33¾
6 feedings per day
Month 5
16
40
15
37½
5-6 feedings per day
Month 6
17½
43¾
16
40
5 feedings per day
One year
 
 
 
 

2-3 feedings per day (8 oz per feeding). Used as a supplement when solid foods are introduced.


Keep in mind that the guidelines in this chart are for the average baby. Your baby might need a little more or a little less. The key is to listen and watch closely for their hunger/fullness cues. Babies vary their intake from day to day and even from feeding to feeding.
 
(Click Baby Formula Feeding to learn more about the guidelines for formula feeding, for information about the different types of infant formula, and to find out more about the benefits of bottle feeding.)
 
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