How many ounces of formula is a six-month-old supposed to have in 24 hours?

Karen - posted on 08/01/2010 ( 26 moms have responded )

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How many ounces of formula is a six-month-old supposed to have in 24 hours?

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Sheila - posted on 08/16/2010

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Hi Karen a health visitor in the uk is a registered nurse who has undergone extra training specialising in babies and toddlers - but I'd say not quite on par with a paediatrician, hope this helps.

Karen - posted on 08/31/2010

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For anyone who cares, we just got back from the pediatrician. She said 24 to 32 ounces of formula in 24 hours.

Renae - posted on 08/01/2010

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The hospital, paediatrician and community nurses all use this guide for how much your baby needs per bottle. In Australia we use the metric system so I have put some conversions down below. Hope this helps.

150mls per kg of body weight divided by how many bottles they have per day

So my daughter is 5.270 kg multiplied by 150 mls = 790.5

790.5 divided by 4 bottles per day =197.6 mls

So I offer 200mls per bottle four times a day

200 millilitres = 6.76 ounces

150 millilitres = 5.07 ounces

1 pound = 0.45 kilograms

14 pounds = 6.35 kilograms

Carol - posted on 12/15/2012

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My 6 month old has 3 bottles a day plus 3 meals he has 21oz in 24 hours

Daniel - posted on 05/05/2014

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Hi Carol. How did your baby do after that? my baby is 6 months and is stuck in the 26 oz. He doesn't like the solid food as much and trying to make the formula more concentrated, only resulted on him having reflux.

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Mari - posted on 05/26/2013

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is it okay if i feed my two twins only 3 bottles of 6oz fornula per day?

Brandy - posted on 08/16/2010

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I have a 6 month old little girl and right now she drinks about 4-5 8oz bottles in a day, plus she eats at least one big meal and has some small snacks. I read on babycenter.ca that you multiply their weight by 2.5 and that is how many ounces they should be drinking per day.

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A six-nine month old baby should have between 24 - 32 oz of formula a day. Consider as well that at this age, you have also started feeding your baby solids.

Sheila - posted on 08/16/2010

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Just as an aside, I have also recently switched my 6 month old to the follow on formula - it has the extra iron a growing little one needs

Laura - posted on 08/15/2010

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hi ive also been told that a 6 month old needs at least 20 oz of milk a day to get the iron that they need hope it helps

Sheila - posted on 08/15/2010

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I have been told by my HV that as long as the little one is taking a minimum of 1 pint ( 20oz) baby should be fine - obviously some can be used in solids but can also be supplemented with water / juice. For the record though I just let my gorgeous daughter dictate her intake, but every baby is different so not hard and fast rules.

Brandy - posted on 08/14/2010

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I read just the other day you take the weight of your baby and multiply it by 2.5 and that is how many ounces they should be drinking in a day.

Mandy - posted on 08/12/2010

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My understanding is that it is mostly based on weight and if they are eating any solids at all. I got a chart from the lactation consultants at the hospital I delivered at that gave the info based on weight. My pediatrician also said that with solids when I first start out to not give more that 1/2 jar at a time until she gets use to it. I make my own baby food so I think it comes out to 2oz of food a day during those first days.

Chrystal - posted on 08/12/2010

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I am kind of wondering the same thing. My little boy is six months and 18 lbs. Up until last week i was breastfeeding. I switched him to formula during the day but as of yesterday switched him to formula exclusively. He seems to want ALOT of formula. I am only giving him 2 jars of food a day i think i need to add a third but the pediatrician the other day told me not to over feed him since he already is so big. im not sure what to do either.

Jodi - posted on 08/12/2010

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Well Mija is a BIG baby... at 5.5 months she is 8.5kg and asides from the occasional bit of banana she is still on breastmilk/formula. She eats anywhere from 38 - 50oz in a day! She typically has 6 bottles, 8oz in the morning, 3 6oz during the day, 8oz a hour before bed and then 10oz at bedtime (she sleeps 15 hours strqaight generally).... She is a big eater though!

Angie - posted on 08/05/2010

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I asked my HV today ans she told me my 24 week old daughter who has been weaning for past 3 weeks and is now on 3 good solid feeds a day should have between 18 and 22 oz of formula a day. she has 4 or 5 bottles of between 4 and 6 oz so she is about right. I do also use some of her formula to make her baby breakfast with.
I think once they are eating solids fairly well the food becomes more important than the milk.. but im not sure at what stage that is... Health visitor just told me she will start to want more food than milk and to follow her lead.

Carrie - posted on 08/04/2010

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I read that they should get between 24 and 30 oz per day. My 5.5 month old has 5 bottles in a 24hr. period. I give him 6oz. in each bottle. He also has 3 solid meals a day. 2TB cereal and 2TB fruit or veggies. I mix it with either formula (for veggies) or juice (for fruit). I also read about the 2.25 oz. per pound but I have a big boy so he would be having 40 oz per day. The pediatrician said to stick with the 30 oz. If he gets fussy I will give him a couple ounces in between meals, but he usually doesn't need it.

Trisha - posted on 08/02/2010

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i have been told that along with solids they are to get 24 oz. of formula in a 24 hour pd. but i was also told that they should have 2.2 oz. for every 2 lbs. of their weight. so if that were the case my son who is 5 months and over 20 lbs. would still be getting over 40 oz. he doesn't seem to want or need that much with the solids he eats. so i guess it depends on how many solids they are getting as well as their weight, not just their age. if you go to the gerber website (www.gerber.com) they have a menu calculator for solids and formula depending on what stage of development your child is at. its can be very helpful.

Kristine - posted on 08/02/2010

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I remember reading somewhere that you can use the guideline of the weight of your child x 2.25oz. So if your child weighs 15lbs, then it would be approx 33-34 oz per day. However, it really isn't so set in stone, as some will take a lot more and others a lot less. Just a guideline. So long as your baby is gaining weight and thriving and the Pedi is happy with him/her, I wouldn't worry about it. My son at 6 months of age weighs approx 16.5lbx and takes 4 bottles a day for a total of approx 28 oz per day. It would seem like not enough, but he is happy and healthy and keeping a steady weight gain on the charts.

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