Is it ok for a one month old to eat 4 oz. or more?

Melinda - posted on 01/14/2010 ( 110 moms have responded )

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I just had a baby girl December 18th and she is eating 4 oz. and sometimes that doesn't seem to fill her up. How much is too much?

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Chelsea - posted on 02/05/2010

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My son is about 6 weeks and has been eating 4-6oz a feeding and his pediatrician said that putting single grain rice cereal in his formula was fine. Sometimes he just eats the cereal. He's a chunker tho & always hungry.

Ashley - posted on 11/17/2012

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Do not use rice cereal. So many people say to do it but it's a choking hazard for your baby and they should be filled up on formula/breast milk not rice until at least 4 months. You should get to know your baby's satiety level. They do have growth spurts. My baby is exactly 1 month today and eats 4 ounces at most feedings, more if it's been longer since the last and vice versa. He rarely spits up if ever except one time a couple days ago he wanted 6 ounces. I tried to help him pace his self cause I knew he was eating too much. I tried just holding him on my shoulder and rubbing his back to calm him down but he still wanted the full 6-6.5 ounces! He was cranky for a good 40 minutes. I rubbed his back and burped him good, but he had a spitup just a little of it and he finally went to sleep after I cleaned his mouth up. Just make sure the nipple flow is good for baby. Too slow and they'll get tired, fall asleep and not eat enough, too fast and they can overeat and get sick/full before they realize it (just like you and I might do at a buffet or at thanksgiving). IMHO, 4 ounces is totally normal. As long as they're staying on track with the growth charts at the doctors office and not getting sick/fussy/unhappy then you two are gonna be fine.

Charlotte - posted on 02/07/2010

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hey there, i hav to same problem, kind of.

my son is 7 weeks old tomarrow and is having 7oz bottles, they say that half your babies weigh n thats what they should be feeding. my son is 12lb ish so makes sence that hes feeding that much.

hope this helps xx

Jamie - posted on 02/05/2010

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My daughter was born Dec. 17 and she is eating 5-6 ounces with 2 tsp. of cereal in her bedtime bottle. She was eating 4 ounces 2 wks after we were home. Try putting cereal in her bottle at night. Some pediatricians don't agree but I have discussed this with mine and he says it is fine. Use rice, or barley first and save wheat for last. Hope this helps!!!

Andrea - posted on 02/01/2010

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My son was born on December 18th as well and he's the same way he weighed 8lbs 11oz when he was born and at his 1 month check up weighed 11lbs 5oz the dr said it was ok, but he's breastfed they say they can't get to much of a good thing, but with formula I think it's different she may just want to suck try at pacifer

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Tameka - posted on 07/01/2012

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i agree with Nicole Pena. If your baby is hungry feed them. Just make sure you don't feed them garbage and food with a bunch of preservatives and chemicals. Feed them a lot of fruits and veggies

Joanne - posted on 06/24/2012

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My Daughter eats 4oz every 2h and still screams for more. She also spits up a lot. What should i do?

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I'm a mother of 3 and a grandmother of 3 and # 5 on the way. You could also try a nipple with a smaller hole in it. That way she will eat slower and not spit up as much. I would still burp every 2 oz. You can tell if baby's getting full when it slows down the sucking. All babies are different you will be able to figure out what is best for yours over time. I also fed my children rice cereal at night to help them sleep a little longer. Started when they were month or month and half old.

Rafaela - posted on 02/08/2010

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I have been giving my daughter rice cereal since she turned a month old, shes 7 weeks now, and she does fine. I put 2 teaspoons in her bottle but I only do it at night. She has been sleeping for 7 hours, sometimes 8. Im glad I did the cereal, it keeps her full longer and I get more sleep :)

Jamie - posted on 02/05/2010

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I have discussed putting cereal in formula with my pediatrician and he says there have been many studies done on this subject and that it is fine to incorporate some cereal just don't over do it. Think about it most of our mom's did the same thing and we r fine.

Caitlin - posted on 02/01/2010

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My son was born 12/19 and is eating 6 oz. doc said feed him till hes not hungry and he will sleep longer. Just dont let let feedings last forever. If the baby is falling asleep then its time to stop.

Ludmila - posted on 02/01/2010

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Yes it'ss ok for a one month old to eat 4 0z . My son is 6 weeks and he's been drinking for oz ever since he was 3 1/2 weeks old and still is on the 40z every 3 hours. You just have to make sure he waits either 3 or 4 hours.

Samantha - posted on 01/31/2010

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Hey. My girl was born dec 10th and she also eats 4 oz. She seems to want more also. I have a feeding chart that was given to me at the hospital and and it said between 1 and 3 months they normally will eat 4-5 oz. But if your baby is more hungry, I would give her what she wants. The chart says each baby is different and some will take more or less

Amanda - posted on 01/27/2010

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my son is drinking up to six ounces almost every two hours...he was born on the 25th of December, and he was eating barely two ounces when we brought him home. I think that if your baby is eating the entire bottle every time, then just make six ounces..increase it if she gets hungrier. it would make more sense to make more food instead of adding cereal to the bottle, which some babies cant digest..
I would much rather have a happy baby with a full belly instead of a baby that is upset and hungry all the time..

Kristi - posted on 01/27/2010

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i had a lil grl on dec 17th and just asked my dr. the same question.. she said to take there pounds of weight and divide in in half and that should be a estimate on how many ounces they should eat.. so my lil girls wieghs 9 lbs 5 ounces so 4 1/2 ounces should be her max for every 3-4 hours..

Kayla - posted on 01/27/2010

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My son was born on the 21st of dec. and he also was not filling up on 4oz his Dr. told me to feed him on demand he now drinks 6 oz every 3 hrs. I also tried the rice cereal but stopped because it constipates them, they are to little to digest it all the way.

Becci - posted on 01/27/2010

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my daughter was born on the 7th dec, she started on 1oz for a week, then went straight to 4oz, and 3 weeks after birth was on 5oz every 2hrs, its now moved to every 4hrs, shes been clearing them for a while, shes 2 months old on feb 7th, and shes now on 6oz every 4 hrs, i was worried when she was on 5oz so i asked my health visitor and she said that every baby is different and they will eat what they wanna eat. :)

Claire - posted on 01/26/2010

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Hey, I wouldn't recommend putting rice into a bottle. I thought my little boy was eating too much! I was breastfeeding him for up to an hour and then he was looking for more an hour and a half later! He would cry with hungry so we started giving him a bottle in the evening which was 4oz at 3wks, He then went to 5oz a wk later. He wasn't settling after I fed him so we put him completly on bottles 2 wks ago - he is now drinking 6oz of extra hungry formula and looks for it after 3 hrs but i oush him til 3.5 hours. He now needs to be increased to 7ozs.
I know how you feel you look at this tiny little being and wonder where they are putting it all!!! My midwife said that as long as he wasn't getting sick after feeding him or was putting on too much weight that he becomes pudgy then its ok!
Basically if your child is hungry feed her!
Enjoy

Ashley - posted on 01/26/2010

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I just took my baby girl for her 1 month check up, and i asked my Doc the same exact thing... 4 oz. is perfectly fine, and even if at times 4 oz. dont seem to fill her up try and just offer her another 1/2 oz- 1 oz. they told me its OK!!

Kerry - posted on 01/26/2010

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my daughter was born on dec 3 n by week 2 she was on 4 ounce of breast milk n now at 8 week she is on 6 ounce of formula 4 hungry babies cos she drank me dry it depends on the baby... they will only drink wot they need

Shannon - posted on 01/26/2010

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When my son became 4 wks old, I started giving him ounces, because I could tell that he was wanting more. At first he didn't start drinking the full amount, but after a few days he did. If he doesn't seem like he is still hungry, I will not start giving him an 8 ounces bottle until he is 4 months. That is probably when I will also start giving him rice baby cereal.

Ashley - posted on 01/25/2010

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my lil boy was born dec 20 and he was doing the same thing and i put cereal in one bottle a day and it fills him up more.

Kimberly - posted on 01/25/2010

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My baby was born on December 18th as well and found out she had reflux and is on medicine now. I was feeding her 2ozs but that didn't seem to fill her up and the doctor said to give her 3ozs and if she still acted hungry it would be ok for her to have 4ozs. Just ask her pediatrician what they think before giving her anymore.

Amanda - posted on 01/25/2010

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i had my son dec 14th and hes eating almost 5-6 now but only once in awhile, he usually eats 4 oz though so this is normal, some babies eat more then others, let them : ) i do not recommend giving her rice yet because shes not even drinking a full 8 ounces or more yet, and her digestive system isnt fully developed and you could bind her up and make her constipated if her little tummy cant handle it

Lianne - posted on 01/24/2010

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my baby is 7 weeks old and i give him half a farleys mixed with his milk this seems to satisfy him and he will sleep longer through the night as before he was waking like every 2 hours but only drinkin an oz or 2 before fallin back to sleep and i was becoming a zombie now he will sleep for 8 hours solid...!!:)

Cher - posted on 01/24/2010

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well i know my baby was born on dec. 11 09 and i did ask his doc about the same thing and he said it depends on the size / age of the baby, my baby child is now drinking a 4/5oz and is 7 "14ins

Ashley - posted on 01/24/2010

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My preemie twins are 4 weeks old and eating 3-4 oz every 3 hrs and their dr said that's perfectly fine, as long as they don't exceed 6 oz.

Vickie - posted on 01/24/2010

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I Dont Believe Theres Ever Too Much. If Shes Hungry Then Shes Hungry! My Baby Boy Was Born 3rd December N He Has 5-6 Ounces Every 4 Hours. If Your Daughters Hungry Then Give Her More If She's Happy With 4 Oz Then Leave Her. Also She May Want More In The Morning Or Just Before Bed As She Start To Want 2 Sleep Through A Night Time Feed. My Little One Started 2 Go 3 Hours After His First Feed Of The Day A Couple Of Weeks Ago And Goes An Extra Hour Or two At Night Time Now =]. So Not Giving Her More May Be Depriving You Of Much Needed Sleep!

Ashley - posted on 01/24/2010

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My baby was born 21st of Dec, He's just gone a month old, and I have to say i am a bit reluctant to say but my baby is eating 6 oz during the day and then on his last feed before bed 7-8 pm he's finishing off 9oz!!! But he seems very happy and not sicking up a lot at all, so i am incline to keep him on this for now.. He was born 2 weeks late at 9lbs 2 though!

Sarah - posted on 01/23/2010

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I would say contact your Dr before giving your baby any rice cereal in a bottle this early. Even though some kids my turn out fine, Dr's recommend you wait til you children are 6 months old until you give them anything other the breast milk or formula! They say to wait so your child doesn't form allergies to thing later in their Childhood! Yes, weven rice or oatmeal cereal can cause allergies! My 4th child was born on the 17th of Dec and sometimes I have to give her formula because she will nurse until I don't have anymore milk for her. As long your little one is not throwing it back up you should be able to feed her until she is full and that is as much as she will take! Not all kids eat the same amount, sometimes they go threw little growing sperts and eat way more the normal. I waited until all my children were 6 months old to give them anything other than formula or breast milk and none of them have any allergies. Hope you get it all worked out

Michelle - posted on 01/23/2010

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My son is 7 weeks and he eats 4 oz every 2-3 hours. He was having some gas issues, so my doc put him onto Nutramigen formaula. Anyone else feeding this to their little one? He seems to fall asleep everytime he eats, but wakes up quickly after. The spit up with this food has increased, but his tummy seems better.



As for Rice Cereal, it only has 15 calories per tablespoon so it doesn't really fill the baby up. My doctor said she STRONGLY recommends NOT adding it yet as my little man is too young. Hope that helps!

Jessica - posted on 01/23/2010

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my kids peditrician told me they want more because they're still hungry so give them more. as long as she is not spitting up the extra formula you're giving her don't worry about giving her too much.

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----Post By: Nicole Lyons
You really shouldn't ever put cereal in a baby's bottle, I know older generations did it but their tummies aren't ready for it, and studies have shown no difference in the length of sleep time in babies given cereal or not given it.

I breastfeed my son but because of latching problems I had to exclusively pump for the first month, he started taking 4 oz regularly around 2 weeks of age, now at about six weeks he takes 4oz about every 3 hours and 2 5oz feedings during the night before his longer sleep periods. As long as your baby is not throwing up or crying from gas it's fine to feed her as much as she wants. Just watch her cues. You can also cluster feed sometimes where she eats every hour or two, totally normal.----

A doctor will even tell you that you can put cereal in a baby's bottle to feed them. Not that every occasion calls for it. If they're appetite is big enough (and all you have to do is explain the situation to the doctor - they'll know) then yes, their system is ready to handle it.

Nicole - posted on 01/22/2010

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You really shouldn't ever put cereal in a baby's bottle, I know older generations did it but their tummies aren't ready for it, and studies have shown no difference in the length of sleep time in babies given cereal or not given it.

I breastfeed my son but because of latching problems I had to exclusively pump for the first month, he started taking 4 oz regularly around 2 weeks of age, now at about six weeks he takes 4oz about every 3 hours and 2 5oz feedings during the night before his longer sleep periods. As long as your baby is not throwing up or crying from gas it's fine to feed her as much as she wants. Just watch her cues. You can also cluster feed sometimes where she eats every hour or two, totally normal.

Michelle - posted on 01/22/2010

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my daughter is 3wks. old and I was finding that I couldn't fill her up...I finally invested in some soothies pacifiers and it seems to hold her over longer...I think that she just needs that sucking movement in her mouth...its really saved her from over eating too...she's the complete opposite of my first who at the minimum and never took to a pacifier!

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My daughter was born on 15 December and currently is drinking 5 and a half ounces every 2 and a half to three hours (including through the night). I really wouldn't worry about it. Some babies are just hungrier than others.

Lorraine - posted on 01/22/2010

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Hi THere, daniel is 6 weeks old and is drinking 5.oz to 6 oz a hour or mayb two hour, your baby is probably hungry, and I would feed amuch as they want, as they can't tell you.

Katy - posted on 01/21/2010

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My little man has been drinking 5oz since he was about 3.5 to 4 weeks he was at 6 oz cause he was so hungry all the time but he started to spit up to much. So he has maintained 5 oz every 4 hours for the past few weeks, I think it is just trial and error what satisfies them . She will not over eat, all doctors are different what ever you think is right for her.

Amber - posted on 01/21/2010

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i just had this talk with my mom and sister that just had her baby months ago. and just yesterday i had this talk with my WIC person. she said she assumed that my baby ate about 4 ounces when i had to correct her and say she was only eating 2 or 3 ounces at a time. after i said that, she said it was normal for a baby about this age to eat about 4 ounces, but its not a big deal with an ounce or two difference. babies, just like people eat different amounts at different rates. this made me feel a lot better. i wasn't sure if i ws under feeding her or not. i figure if she's hungry i'll feed and if she's not, dont push it, it can cause pretty upset babies when their tummy is filled just the right amount.

Heather - posted on 01/21/2010

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She could just be going through a growth spurt and this will happen about every two weeks for a while. I say stick to milk and feed on demand and how ever much she needs right now. She's a growin girl and may just need more for a couple days.

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It's should because the cereal takes longer for their stomachs to digest, and they won't get hungry as fast.

Tiffany - posted on 01/21/2010

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my little girl was born dec. 19th and she's eating 5 oz every 3 to 4 hours. i don't think there's anything wrong with that. She's a happy, healthy baby, and i'm pumping to her and supplementing formula because she eats so much. she never spits up so it can't be too much. i think it all depends on the baby. feed her what she wants.

Sherrie - posted on 01/21/2010

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my baby boy was born dec 19th and he eats like 4-5 ozs in a sitting.. and sometimes still seems hungry... i only stop feeding him if he spits up alot or pukes

Kristy - posted on 01/21/2010

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I have a 3 1/2 week old and he is eating 4 oz regularly and yesterday even finished 5 nearly 6 oz in one feeding. The feeding took over an hour to finish but he did it. He is formula fed on Enfamil Premium Lipil. What I have read is that as long as they are hungry - feed them. She might be going through a growth spurt or just simply hungry. Good luck!

Felicia - posted on 01/21/2010

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your baby knows what they need to eat...my son was born december 25th and has been eating 6oz every 3 hours for just about a week now, doctor says hes just a hungry boy and there is nothing wrong with it

Renee - posted on 01/21/2010

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Dont put rice cereal in the formula at this age. Their intestines aren't mature enough to digest it properly. Baby may eat it but it's not good for them this early on. (via dr).

Melody - posted on 01/20/2010

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but i definately would not put any rice cereal in her bottles! bubs dont need anything like that until 4-6 months! dont hurt her little tummy..

Melody - posted on 01/20/2010

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these babies are growing, so they need as much as they want! if your bub isn't spitting up after feeds, then give her as much as she needs or wants! most babies will stop eating when they have had too much anyway.. :) my bub was born december 1st and i only give him breastmilk, so when he feeds from me i dont know how much he is getting at a time, but im sure it varies as sometimes he'l feed for just a couple of mins or sometimes he'll lay there for about 20mins.. so sometimes i guess he's hungrier than other times?

Sara - posted on 01/20/2010

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I had my little girl on December 18th too and at times she eats 2 oz and other times 4oz. To me it use to seem like she would eat every hour! I just started fixing 4 oz bottles and at night I put a little cereal in her bottle and she sleeps a little longer now and so can I!

Laura - posted on 01/20/2010

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my 5 weeks old has been on 4oz since she was 4 days old i think if baby is still hungry give her a little more if it dnt satisify her put her on the hungrier babies milk (if sma for example sma white) its for the hungry babies as its thicker. my other 2 daughters were on it at 2 months old but its safe from birth......xxx

Kathleen - posted on 01/20/2010

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My daughter was born dec 21 and she drinks 5-6 ounces every 4-5 hours and the doctor said that is perfectly fine

Michelle - posted on 01/20/2010

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I had my son the 18th! He is eating 5oz at a time, the DR said this is fine.

Heather - posted on 01/20/2010

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My one month old was taking 5 oz. at a time, about every three hours. But he was also having spitting up and constipation issues. Under the direction of my mother, I switched him off the Enfamil A.R. which was making him constipated but is for babies who spit up and started feeding him less, but more often. This seems to have helped some. Unless your baby is having issues, I don't think she could be eating to much. Every baby is different but think about her other issues and make sure they are not related to eating too much, he stomach is only the size of her fist

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