Bottle Feeding Questions

Bottle Feeding Questions 


Amounts - How Much Per Feeding 

    - The average amount of formula that babies take per feeding is: 

    - Newborn: 2-3 ounces (60-90 ml) per feeding 

    - 1 month old: 4 ounces (120 ml) per feeding 

    - 2 months old: 5 ounces (150 ml) per feeding 

    - 4 months old: 6 ounces (180 ml) per feeding 

    - 6 months old: 7-8 ounces (210-240 ml) per feeding 

    - The maximal amount of formula recommended per day is 32 ounces (1 liter). 

    - If the baby needs more than 32 ounces (1 liter) and is not overweight, discuss with your child's PCP. 


Frequency Of Feedings - Schedules 

    - Babies mainly need to be fed when they are hungry. If they are fussy and more than 2 hours have passed since the last feeding, they usually need to be fed.  

The following are some guidelines: 

    - From birth to 3 months of age, feed every 2 to 3 hours. 

    - From 3 to 9 months of age, feed every 3 to 4 hours. 

    - Infants usually set their own schedule by 1 to 2 months of age. 


Length of Feedings 

    - Feedings shouldn't take more than 20 minutes. 

    - If the feeding is prolonged, check the nipple to be sure it isn't clogged. 

    - A clean nipple should drip about 1 drop per second when the bottle of formula is turned upside-down. 



    - Burping is optional. 

    - It is not harmful if a baby doesn't burp. 

    - Burping can decrease spitting up, but it doesn't decrease crying. 

    - Burping can be done twice per feeding, once midway and once at the end. 

    - If the baby does not burp after 1 minute of patting, it can be discontinued. 


Reasons To Call Back 

    - Your child becomes worse 

    - You have other questions or concerns 





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