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How Many Ounces of Milk Does a Newborn Need?

One of the questions that many new parents ask is, "How many ounces of milk does a newborn need?" This depends on the baby and your method of feeding.
 
When breastfeeding your baby, it is difficult to tell how much your baby is actually getting because you can't see or measure the amount of milk being consumed. It is different from formula feeding in this regard. The ideal breastfeeding schedule is whenever your baby is hungry. Feeding on demand means that feeding is started based on hunger cues from the infant and stopped when the infant is satisfied.
 
Meeting a newborn baby's feeding needs with formula is generally easy. During your baby's first month, he or she will go from needing 5 to 7 milliliters (one teaspoon) of formula from day one to 3 to 4 ounces by the end of the month. After the first week is complete and your baby is taking 2 ounces of milk per feeding, consider adding ¼ ounce every 2 days.
 
(Click Newborn Feeding Schedule for more information on how many ounces of milk a newborn needs, to find out when your baby's requirements will change, and to learn more about how often you should feed your baby.)
 
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