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How Much Formula to Feed Baby

Many new parents can be overwhelmed and may not know how much formula to feed the baby. Meeting a baby's needs with formula is generally easy. With formula, the preparation is straightforward, and the amount that your baby eats is easily measured.
Establishing a feeding schedule with formula is not complicated. In the beginning, due to the tiny size of their bellies, the feedings will start out small but frequent (around every three to four hours).
To calculate the amount of formula per feeding, divide the formula ounces per day by the number of feedings. For example, on average, a two-month-old girl will have six to seven feedings with 4 ounces at each feeding.
Other ways that you can estimate your baby's intake of formula include the following:
  • Use 2½ ounces of formula for each pound of body weight as a total daily amount.
  • After the first month, babies add about 1 ounce to each feeding for every month of life, starting at a base of 3 to 4 ounces per feeding. This increase stops when they reach 8 ounces per feeding.
(Click Baby Formula Feeding for more information on how much formula you should feed your baby, to learn about the three different types of preparations for formulas, and for tips on choosing the right one for your child.)
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