When should I increase my daughters intake on formula, what is the average?

Robyn - posted on 10/21/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 5 weeks old and currently is taking in 4-5 oz. every 4 hrs. give or take a little. She is at 11lbs. I was just wondering about how much formula she should be eating and when I am suppose to increase her intake. Her doctor says she is doing well and she is eating a good amount and that she would just keep and eye on it, but her doctor is a new doctor and doesn't have children, so how much do your children eat and when do you increase their intake on the bottle?

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Shirley - posted on 10/22/2009

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that's right on. as long as she continues to gain weight and have wet and dirty diapers regularly then everythings fine.she will increase her feedings herself. you'll know when she wants more. if she's still fussy after a feeding then try a little more. i have 3 healthy, happy kids. there is a good book that answers alot of questions. "what to expect while you're expecting" it has information for during pregnancy and after pregnancy.

Gemma - posted on 10/22/2009

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When she is drinking all the milk you are offering, start offering her more each feed from then... that way if she wants it, it is there...

Crystal - posted on 10/21/2009

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My little boy is 11 pounds as well and he eats between 4-5 ounces every3-4 hours. I increase it based on how much eat is eating everytime. If he drinks 4 ounces and is hungry in 2-3 hours increase. You know your baby and you are mom...I would use my judgment and what I thought was best. There is also a book that I refer to, Super Baby Food! Hope that helps

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MaryAnne - posted on 10/24/2009

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My daughter is almost 6 months old and she eats between 51/2 to 6 oz x 5 bottles and she started getting hungry every 3 hours instead of every 4 we tried to increase her but she couldn't handle that much at once, so when I asked our Dr. he said it's better to feed more often and less formula because we are teaching them to over eat. If you think about how long you go during day .....eat or drink something every couple of hours. And thats what we are being told now eat smaller meals more frequently. Worked for us ! And our baby has been sleeping through the night since 8 weeks old :) Good Luck!

Susan - posted on 10/24/2009

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I read somewhere that a baby should drink about 2 or 2 1/2 ounces per pound per day that they weigh. For ex if your baby weighs 10 pounds you should be giving them 20 to 22.5 ounces of milk per day. You can devide that into 4-6 feedings. I hope this is not confusing.

Patricia - posted on 10/24/2009

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She will letyou know just follow her lead .. showing hunger symtoms after feeding then increase long as all her health signs are good no worries

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My 5½ month old does a 8 oz. bottle every 4 hours.(& food) - I do believe that any infants should surpass 32 ounces a day no matter their age. -- At 2 months he was doing 4-5 oz. bottles every 4 hours or so. At 3 months it was closer to 6 ounce bottles every time. And then at 4 months we started phasing in rice cereal. Good Luck.

Laura - posted on 10/22/2009

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Every baby is different. If you feel she's not satisfied give her some more. You're her mother so you know her best. When my son was 5 weeks old he was eating two 8 oz. bottles and one 6oz bottle every feeding. When my daughter was 5 weeks she was eating the same amount as your little one. So do what you think is right. Hope this helps.

Shannon - posted on 10/22/2009

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My daughter is 3 months old. She is 14 lbs and she eats 5oz every 4-5 hours. However she does sleep through the night without any feedings. She sleeps from 10pm to 7am. Just think you baby should be able to go at least 4 hours in between feedings, so whatever is going to get them there is what you should give them. I increased my daughters fedding amount by one oz and she was able to go an extra hour without a feeding. So 1oz = about an hour give or take a little. Ofcourse every baby is different, and you should always check with your child's pediatrician to make sure whatever you are doing is okay for your specific child and their needs.

Nichole - posted on 10/21/2009

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My son is 6 weeks and 9 pounds. He eats about 5 ounces every 3 hours. I increase his food when he acts like he wants more or gets hungry sooner than normal.

Crystal - posted on 10/21/2009

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My little boy is 11 pounds as well and he eats between 4-5 ounces every3-4 hours. I increase it based on how much eat is eating everytime. If he drinks 4 ounces and is hungry in 2-3 hours increase. You know your baby and you are mom...I would use my judgment and what I thought was best. There is also a book that I refer to, Super Baby Food! Hope that helps

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