Food and Formula Amounts

Karla - posted on 06/03/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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At 9 months old (just turned nine months yesterday), I am giving my son 30 ounces of formula and 4 oz of food 3 times a day. Do you think that is too much food? How many ounces of food and formula are you giving your 9 month olds?

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Ashley - posted on 06/11/2010

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I just had my 9 month old at the doctors yesturday and I asked the doctor about the amount of formula she should have a day. He said around 20-24 oz a day is enough and to start feeding her food.

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Brandie - posted on 06/07/2010

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Ms. Smith-
I don't see anything wrong with giving a child formula. I breastfed for 8 months solid. The reason I switched to formula, was because I was not producing enough milk, this was confirmed by lactation. I was pumping at work 2 days a week and hardly getting anything and nursing every 2-3 hours like yourself when I was home. I am a breastfeeding advocate, but please don't make it seem like formula is a bad thing.

Desiree - posted on 06/07/2010

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It sounds like all our little ones are pretty much close to the same eating patterns and intakes. I am glad to read this because I was starting to wonder if I was overfeeding my little guy. I am glad the one mom pointed out, most babies will turn away once they are full and not over eat. My son is just now a bit over 20 pounds and is is over 29 inches long. He is very active and I try giving him formula only three times a day and the rest of the time he eats the cereals and jarred baby fruits/veggies. I cannot get the baby meats to stay down though. He eats it and about 2-3 hours later he throws it all up. We mixed it with veggies a couple days ago and he still threw up. I decided we will wait on the meats for now. He has been low on iron though so maybe the liquid vitamin would be best to help with that?

Brittiny - posted on 06/07/2010

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I'm glad you posted this question as I was wondering how my little one compares.. Grant takes in 30 ounces of formula (5 6-oz bottles, each with a Tbsp rice cereal) and around 10ounces in jar food, as well as 4 ounces of juice (half juice, half water). Our PCP said that I could feel free to be feeding him food 3 meals a day, but he seems pretty happy with our current routine of breakfast food and dinner food with bottles only in between. We have tried the puffs for a snack with his juice, but even though he is able to eat them, he doesn't seem to like them!

Kellie - posted on 06/05/2010

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Anyway, my son has 4 7oz bottles...so 28 oz a day and 1 1/2 jars of solids.

Kellie - posted on 06/05/2010

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You irk me! You're always causing controversy in every forum....this obviously was a post for FORMULA feeding mothers, not breastfeeding. Make your own for breastfeeding if you'd like and leave this one alone. I know that your daughter has never had a drop of formula, if anyone's ever been on this site I'm sure they know too. Just stop with the puffing of the chest and leave nice comments and suggestions. Irritating. Sorry everyone else.

Noreen - posted on 06/05/2010

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I don't give my daughter formula, she's never even had a drop of formula. Why doesn everyone assume that everyone feeds their kids formula at this age?? It irks me.

Abby gets breastmilk from the tap every 2-3hrs during they day and might get 3oz of solids once a day. If that. She does however have bites of my food here and there of whatever I'm eating. WHich is usually fruits, veggies, oatmeal, etc.

I say, feed him when he's hungry. Thats the best thing to do.

Brandie - posted on 06/04/2010

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My daughter will be 9 months in another week. She is small and only weighed 14.2lbs at her 7 month check up. She was breastfed until 8 months, with a few formula bottles in between. Right now, she is only taking 20-22oz of formula with oatmeal (made with 2 oz of formula) and 2nd stage fruit in the morning, with some snacks throughout the day. For dinner she sometimes eats a whole 2nd stage dinner with some fruit as a desert. I honestly feel like she isn't getting enough formula, but when I try to feed her more, she refuses it and won't take the bottle. I feel like if she is hungry, she will let me know. I am curious to see what she weighs at her 9 month check up. I am only 5'0 and my husband is only 5'8.

Karissa - posted on 06/04/2010

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my son (born sept 17) is getting about 20 or so ounces of milk a day, and 4-6 oz of food 3 x day. as long as your baby knows how to say "no" in some way, and he seems to want that much food, then i wouldn't worry about it. and as long as your doc doesn't say anything about his weight, then i REALLY wouldn't worry about it. trust your gut instict...mama knows best =)

Karen - posted on 06/04/2010

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my son is 8.5 months and he takes about 24ozs/day of formula and i'm not sure on the amount of food he has (he's on table food so he just eats with us and i don't measure) but he has a package of oatmeal for breakfast, has lunch/supper with us and then a mixture of cut up fruit for bedtime with puff snacks inbetween (my son is 19.5 lbs)

Marie - posted on 06/03/2010

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If I calculate it as you have done, I give my big boy 36 ounces of formula and 2 stage one meals (breakfast and snack) and 2 stage 2 meals (lunch and dinner) along with a 5 ounce bottle of oatmeal/formula. I have wondered if I am feeding him too much, but he is VERY active and tall. I just figure if he's happy, taking all his meals without fussing, and isn't spitting up food (from eating too much), I must be doing okay. When I have my 9mo wellness check, I plan on asking the doc about it, but he has said before, as long as he is not overweight, I should be fine.

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