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The Schedule When Feeding Your Baby Formula

Meeting a newborn baby's feeding needs with formula is generally easy. With formula, the preparation is straightforward and the amount that your baby takes is easily measured. There is something reassuring about the simplicity of the formula feeding process.
 
Establishing a feeding schedule with formula is uncomplicated. 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 the baby's belly grows and he can take in more per feeding, the schedule will change to accommodate longer individual feeding sessions further apart.

For example, at one month, you might still be feeding every four hours. At two months, this may decrease to six or seven feedings per day.
 
During your baby's first month, he 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 formula per feeding, consider adding ¼ ounce every 2 days.
 
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the following is a good guideline for how much formula to feed a baby in the 50th percentile for weight:
 
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
28 ¾
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
43 ¾
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.


To calculate the amount of formula per feeding, divide the formula ounces per day by the number of feedings. On average, a two-month-old baby girl will have six to seven feedings with 4 ounces at each feeding.
 
There are a couple of other ways that you can estimate your baby's intake of formula:
 
  • 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.
     
Remember that the numbers in this table 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 hunger/fullness cues. Babies vary their intake from day to day and even from feeding to feeding.
 
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