What is too much milk for a baby at 4 months old?

Miranda - posted on 12/31/2009 ( 42 moms have responded )

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My son turned 4 months on the 23rd and he drinks 6-7 ozs. every 3.5-4 hours. People gasp when I tell them but when he eats he still doesn't seem satisfied. All I want is for him to be happy and healthy. All these guidelines get me confused.

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Elissa - posted on 01/03/2010

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This is one of the problems I have with formula feeding. If baby is hungry he will eat. If he is full he will refuse to eat. If you push it be prepared to clean up sick. Anything else is completely irrelevant - babies dont go by numbers. Good thing about breastfeeding is I feed till he comes off and thats enough for him. NBut he will be going through a growth spurt and need to feed more around now - dont let ill informed doctors and relatives convince you that he needs to be weaned, he just needs to get more milk. No baby NEEDS to be weaned before 6 months. Good luck!

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Kayla - posted on 01/07/2010

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My son has been drinking 7-8 ounces since he was four months old (He is now just hovering below five months) and has now also been eating rice cereal with each of his feedings. My doctor said to let him have it as long as he isn't becoming sick, which he hasn't. You need to remember, the guidelines are for the average...and not everyone's child is the norm.

Jennifer - posted on 01/07/2010

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Your baby looks perfect. Our doctor told me to let our daughter be our guide on how much and how often she needs to eat. We have started orange veggies (which she loves) about 2 tablespoons for dinner about halfway between feedings and shes doing great. Seems like you are doing what you should for your baby :)

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Let him eat til he's satisfied. Babies can't over eat. They stop when they're full. If you try to over feed your son, he'll spit up and you'll know he's had too much. Guidelines are just that. They let you know the average. Some babies will eat less, some will eat more. Listen to your baby, he'll let you know when he's had enough.

Ashley - posted on 01/06/2010

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I wouldn't worry about those guidelines because that's all they are. Every child is different. Boys usually eat a lot more than girls. My son is four and a half months and he eats 6 ounces every two hours. Sometimes he eats 8 ounces before he is satisfied. But his weight is right on target and he sleeps through the night. If your baby is hungry, I say feed him. Listen to your instincts.

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Macon - posted on 01/09/2010

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My daughter turned 4 months on the 22nd. If I let her she will eat 9 oz. She started doing that at 2 months! Her doctor told me to start her on cereal. After you start your son on cereal he should be satisfied with about 4 to 5 oz.

Jessica - posted on 01/07/2010

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I remember for a small amount of time at the beginning of the 4th month it seemed like Taylor was doing nothing but eating. He was eating alot and often. It only lasted maybe 2-3 weeks and he started eating less often once we started on cereals and food on a regular basis. Taylor was a large baby and seemed to be starving on just formula so we started him alittle early (like my first baby).

DEA - posted on 01/07/2010

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My son turned 5 months on the 5th- He drinks about 4-6 ounces every 2-3 hours- I actually thought it was too little but every child is different- If you feel your child is still not satisfied with the milk, talk to your doctor about starting him on rice cereal- my son's been on it since he was four months and it's been great- you know go with your gut and if your really not sure call your doctor as much as you want- that's what their here for-

Amanda - posted on 01/07/2010

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You are fine. My son just turned 5 months old (born 8-4-09) and is taking 7 ounces about every 3 1/2 hours. He's been on 7 ounces for about a month now. Just like someone else said, as long as he's not spitting up. I have learned from our 2 boys that every baby is different!

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my little girl eats four 8 ounce bottles a day and she is almost 5 months old. you are right - all you want is for your baby to be happy and healthy! follow his lead and listen to your instincts.

Racheal - posted on 01/07/2010

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breast milk is lighter than formula so they dont need as much formula as they do breast milk. an formula is harder for them to digest.

Ashley - posted on 01/06/2010

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Oh, yes. We started him on cereal when he turned 3 months. He eats cereal in the morning and gerber's first foods in the evening. And he still eats like crazy. The doctor says he's doing just find though.

Krystal - posted on 01/06/2010

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I believe your doing the right thing. My daughter is 4 months also...she's a big girl believe it or not...lol She was in the hospital for an extra two weeks when she was born because she was breathing too fast and couldn't drink the amount of milk she was suppose to be drinking on her own. I prayed to god to let her come home with her parents & family that she would be better with us. When she came home she drank every 2-3 hrs. now she's drinking her bottle when ever she feels like it. I'm even giving her cereal in her bottle because it seems like the milk ain't doing it all! Don't be ashamed if your child is chubby because eventually when they start to crawl they will lose some weight! I hope I helped!

Elisabeth - posted on 01/06/2010

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have you started giving him food? of course you might want to consult with your pediatrician, but we started Isabella on rice cereal right at her four month check up.
she was never a heavy formula drinker, we just wanted to start her on food because she was always trying to grab at our food, and would mimic our mouths when we were eating.

they say 4-6 months is the time you should start feeding them step 1 foods, as long as they can sit with support...

good luck!

Alycia - posted on 01/06/2010

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You can start your son on rice cereal if he isn't satisfied with just a bottle and seems to want more and more. Especially if he isn't sleeping through the night. I went to my doctors yesterday and they told me that if my son starts with the cues that your son seems to be having they are ready for small amounts of cereal to start. My son is 17 lbs 9 ozs and very healthy. I am not starting him on cereal yet because he is still satisfied with 6 oz every 3 hours and sleeping through the night. If you aren't sure what to do call your doctor and ask them but I am sure they will give you the go ahead to start introducing cereal into their diet!!!

Elizabeth - posted on 01/06/2010

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My son was born on the 24th... he gets 8 oz with each bottle... he also has cereal with his first and last bottles of the day. He usually has 4-6 bottles a day. We have this week also just started a veggie w/ his first and last bottle too.

I wouldn't fret... as long as your child seems happy and healthy, you are doing the right thing... I had a friend whose child drank 6 oz every 4 hrs (like clockwork) until he was 9 mths old.

Sarah-louise - posted on 01/06/2010

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My daughter is coming up for 5 mths next week and she been on food from 3mth with 8oz bottles, I only recently dropped her bottles to 7oz as she now has a bowl of food for tea. People looked shocked when I tell them what she has but if thats what they want they must need it.

Emma - posted on 01/06/2010

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My baby girl is 19 weeks and weighs 19lb, she is chubby but long too. She is very hungry and has 7oz of hungry baby milk every 4 hours day and night and I have started her on baby porridge a week ago to try and reduce her milk intake. All babies are different and you should do what you feel best!

Sarah - posted on 01/06/2010

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Hey

my advice is every baby is different, so if he wants to eat 6-7ozs every 3.5 to 4 hours let him. as long as he is happy and healthy. My 4 month baby girl is on 5 oz every 2.5 hours, she is never crying to be fed. I'm a very relaxed mother when it comes to feeding and sleeping. She is happy, healthy and is sleeping for 12-14 hours through the night.
Baby boys seem to be eating more than baby girls also. I think the guidelines are very general. If your little boy doesn't seem to be satisfied try moving him on to the formula for hungrier babies.

Kristin - posted on 01/05/2010

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I often wonder if all these charts and 8 oz bottles for babies with stomaches smaller than 8oz. isn't one of the causes of childhood and adult obesity and other problems. I don't know what my daughter gets in terms of ounces because i breastfeed her when i am with her. She gets 3 to 4 oz /feeding during the day of breastmilk and then she is fed on the breast when i am with her. Don't know how it works with formula fed babies, but the rule of thumb for a 4 month old breastfed baby is 6 to 8 wet diapers/ day = getting enough food with a poop anywhere from 1 per day to 1 or 2 per week.

Andrea - posted on 01/05/2010

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My son also ate 7oz every 3-4 hours. I think he would have a bit more if I let him. 7oz is a totally normal amount for a 4month old. If your baby is quite a 'big' baby or 'hungry' baby it is even more normal for him to want 7oz or more.

Lisa - posted on 01/05/2010

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wow you guys feed your kids way more at a time than we do 4 oz every 2-4 hours and he is still on weight target and height target he just doesn't feel the need to eat that much and I am not gonna force more on him. He only wakes up once per night eats and goes right back to sleep so MEH

Miranda - posted on 01/05/2010

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Thank you all so much. It is reassuring to have help sometimes. Thanksagain and God Bless!

Emma - posted on 01/05/2010

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My little girl Lily was 4 months on the 26th and she has 8oz every 4 hours but she only has four bottles a day, as she goes down at 8pm untill 8am.
If he still seems hungry up the amount of milk untill he seems more setteled. xxx

Tamme - posted on 01/05/2010

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My son is now 22wks and from 8wks has been having 7ozs every 3 hours of hungry baby milk. He now has breakfast and 6 bottles of 7ozs and fruit in the day. Dont worry about guidlines thats exactly what they are, YOU know your baby and what it needs.

April - posted on 01/05/2010

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Quoting Kathy:

Let him eat til he's satisfied. Babies can't over eat. They stop when they're full. If you try to over feed your son, he'll spit up and you'll know he's had too much. Guidelines are just that. They let you know the average. Some babies will eat less, some will eat more. Listen to your baby, he'll let you know when he's had enough.


I some what agree with Kathy. I used to think babies can't over eat but that's not true. My son would cry after we gave him a 4oz bottle at about 2 months so we decided to move up to 6oz and he would still cry so I thought about going to 6oz and I did once he turned 3 almost 4 months he still screamed so I tried a 8oz bottle one day and he drank the whole bottle but I could look at him and tell he was way too full and had over eaten and like some people think they spit it all up he didn't. My husband also noticed he was too full and we both agreeded on 6oz. When he finished that 8oz bottle I tried to put the empty bottle to his lips to see if he would drink more or push it away (just to prove my mother wrong saying babies will let you know when they full) and he tried to keep drinking. Babies are just like us when we go to an all you can eat place. You know you're full but you just "have to" try that cheese cake. Like us babies need limits that's why the guidelines are there to let you know past a certain amount of ounces are too much for the baby. I agree with her saying to listen to your baby just like I could look at my son and tell he was too full you will know.

Tina - posted on 01/05/2010

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My son's doctor told me that he shouldn't be consuming more than 40 oz a day. (He was so we started on solids early) If he seems hungry still, let him eat to see how much it is that he actually wants. If its over 40 oz. talk to you pediatrician about starting solids.

Avery - posted on 01/04/2010

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my sons pediatrician said that about 1000ml a day min. my son will drink about 4 - 5 8 oz bottles in a day which is about 250ml each.

Stacey - posted on 01/04/2010

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my son's pediatrician say the rule of thumb is 2 more ounces then his age in months, so at 4 months he should be eating 6 ounces. My son eats 6 ounces every 4 hours, and sometimes has cereal between bottles. Other people say they just feed their baby whenever their hungry, no matter how much they want to eat!

Erin - posted on 01/04/2010

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My daughter is a little piggy! She is at 240 ml ( I think thats around 8.5 - 9 oz) per feed, and she has 5 or 6 per day.

Sharon - posted on 01/04/2010

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My daughter has just turned 19 weeks or 4 months on the 22nd, drinks 210mls which is 7ozs and has 4 feeds a day. Which is similar to your baby, my advise only listen to signs that your son is telling you and you will have a happy healthy boy,

Becky - posted on 01/04/2010

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my daughter is 4 1/2 months she has porridge in the morning followed by 7oz then another 7oz 4 hours later half a jar of food followed by 7 oz then 4 hours later half jar pudding followed by 6 oz then another 7 oz then to bed sleeps through the night and it starts all over again it feels like i dont do nothing but feed her lol x

and let me add she isnt over weight

Sarah - posted on 01/04/2010

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I have read that your baby, at four months, should be eating anywhere from 24 to 45 ounces a day. My baby is on the lower end of that but is getting plenty and is completely satisfied. So it isn't uncommon for your baby to be eating more. But my baby is also formula fed since I stopped producing milk when she was only 1 month old. So that could be filling her up more and be the reason she is eating only 22-28 ounces a day.



But what I do is add a little bit of infant single grain rice to her bottle and cut the nipple a little more to allow the rice to flow through. And that seems to fill her up very nicely. I have been doing that since she was about 3 months old. And now she sleeps even better. And is more satisfied after feedings. Try that and see how it works!

Kittye - posted on 01/03/2010

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My kid eats 12 oz every 4 hours. And she's not gaining weight like she should be. She's 5 months old and about 12 lbs.

Breanna - posted on 01/03/2010

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Emily will be 5 months on the 7th. Before she started eating the oatmeal cereal & baby food, she would eat 6 oz. every 2.5-3 hours.

I haven't read the other post, but somewhere I read if you multiply your baby's weight by 2.5 oz it should equal around what he eats.

Jennifer - posted on 01/03/2010

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My son was born Aug. 7, 2009 and he drinks 7 oz. every 3 hours or so. He's not overweight at all. Thats just what amount of formula he needs.

MaShanna - posted on 01/03/2010

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Quoting Miranda:

What is too much milk for a baby at 4 months old?

My son turned 4 months on the 23rd and he drinks 6-7 ozs. every 3.5-4 hours. People gasp when I tell them but when he eats he still doesn't seem satisfied. All I want is for him to be happy and healthy. All these guidelines get me confused.



At 4 months, my son was drinking 8oz with oatmel about every 4-6 hours and eating baby food from a spoon at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

LeAnna - posted on 01/03/2010

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That sounds about right to me too. My son is 4 1/2 mo. and he eats every 4 hrs. during the day, but sleeps all night. During day I give him food with 4oz. of formula 3x and then an 8 oz. bottle before bed. Maybe try giving him 8 oz. at a time or adding cereal or fruit or veggies, and backing formula off an ounce or so. Also, see what his doctor says. Good Luck!

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hi my baby was on 8 oz bottles from about 14 weeks so dont worry it is up to your baby to what they are happy with i also started her on sliod food about a week ago which helps some babys just need this early as long as your baby is happy and not over weight give him more my 5 month old is 1 of 7 babys hope this helps you

Michelle Carpenter - posted on 01/02/2010

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This sounds ok according to what our NP told me. She said 5-6 oz every 2-4 hours so you are right in that range average wise...if your baby is happy, you are fine!

Racheal - posted on 01/02/2010

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u now its tomuch when they throw it up an it comes out there nose. our boy was on 130ml. but now he on 200ml plus food. give them as much as they want. they will let u now if they want more k. an if its worryin u that much ask a midwife an they will work it out by weight k. dont worry ull get it right

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My daughter is 4 months and she drinks 6 oz every 3 hours (but sleeps through the night). She probably gets a total of 30 oz a day which is within the right range. According to informaiton i've found on the internet it says that 4-6 month old babies should be getting between 17 and 32 ounces in a day.



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