How much formula??

Kayla - posted on 11/10/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I was Breast feeding up untill about two weeks ago. My daughter is 3 months old and now on formula fulltime. She only drinks 16oz perday, is that enough?? How much do your babies drink?

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Julie - posted on 11/11/2009

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my 3 month old feeds every 4 hours and has between 4-6 oz. per feeding. SOMETIMES, she skips the night feeding...hoping and praying that this happens more often!!! 16 oz. doesn't sound like much, but every baby is different and never the same every day..check with the doctor. as long as she is on a normal growth pattern, all should be fine.

Kayla - posted on 11/10/2009

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Well, I'm glad to know shes getting enough! Everything I have read though says she should be taking in more at this point. She never cries for a bottle though I just feed her 4oz every 4 hours and she sleeps thru the night. When I first started formula I wasted a ton because I thought she needed more then she wanted.

Michelle - posted on 11/10/2009

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I feed my 3 month old on demand and he takes 3-4 oz every 3 hours. Ive never "overfed" my son. He stops when he is full. He'll either push the bottle out or fall asleep. I took my mother's advice by listening and responding to my baby's needs and cues rather than trying to get him on a B.S. schedule. My son was 8lbs 3 oz at birth and he is now 12 7 so to me, it sounds like your little girl is gaining just fine. Just listen to your baby and you all will be just fine =) If you are concerned about her weight, bring it up with her doctor the next time you speak with him. Good luck and congrats!



To your next question about when it changes, basically from what I've seen with my son, as he got older he started taking more and waited longer. When he was a newborn, I was lucky to get him to wait 2 hours for a bottle and he was guzzling down 2 oz then! My son also has reflux, I feel your pain on all of the crying. It is very difficult to decipher between hunger cries and "im in pain cries". If you do have your little one taking a paci, if she rejects it, she's not gassy or there are no signs of anything else wrong, by all means offer a bottle. We're both still new at this, but we won't be forever! Hang in there, mom! You're doing great =)



Forgot to add, I figured out he wanted more when 2oz just wasn't cutting it. He would cry after finishing the bottle because it was empty. So I just mixed him up 2 more oz and sure enough he took another ounce that day. But really, it does sound to me that she is eating enough.





stolen from internet mom post -I breast fed for 16 mo

Lindsey - posted on 11/10/2009

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My Daugther used to do the same thing so i asked my Doctor about it and he told me that it was okay and that she would only eat until she was full.. I have a 6 month old that only ate 4 oz everytime she ate until she was like 4 1/2 months old. She will now still only drink 6 oz 8 at most and at the end of the day the most she ever drinks is 26 oz and alot of times less then that..My doctor also said that whats normal for one baby wont be the same for another one and that they only eat what they need. I had a preemie who ate like only 2 oz everytime she ate i brestfeed her for almost 2 months and found out that she was alergic to my milk and she would only eat 2 oz of formula at a time for awhile...I hope that helps

Jamie - posted on 11/10/2009

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Every baby is different and it may be enough for your daughter - from I pamphlet I received it gives a guideline of:

2-3 months -- 5-6 bottles, 5-6 oz. ea.

3-6 months -- 4-5 bottles, 6-8 oz. ea.

Again every baby is different. Ask your Dr. how much should be given and if the 16oz, seems to be enough.

My DD takes 27-30 oz. a day and she is 3 1/2 months.

Kerren - posted on 11/10/2009

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if thats all she'll have then she should be fine, if she emptys a bottle just make sure you put an extra oz in the next one.

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