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Newborn Bottle Feeding Schedule

For a newborn, a bottle feeding schedule can be established quite easily. 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). As their belly grows and they can take in more per bottle feeding, the schedule will change to accommodate longer individual feeding sessions further apart.
 
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the following table is a good guideline for how much formula to feed a newborn baby in the 50th percentile for weight per day.
 
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

(Click Baby Formula Feeding for more information on how a bottle feeding schedule works for a newborn, to learn about the different types of formula currently available, and how to select the right one for your child.)
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