How many oz of formula on average does your 8 month old eat?

Katie - posted on 03/21/2010 ( 41 moms have responded )

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My son only eats 19-23 average a day-and it's like TORTURE to get him to eat that much. My ped says that is totally fine-but everything you read for 8 months says the average daily intake is much more! What is truly normal.

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Denene - posted on 04/01/2010

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My 8 month old daughter has five 8 oz bottles a day, along with a little cereal in the morning, fruit in the afternoon, and veggies in the evening :) She's had a big appetite since the day she was born though, lol

Ashley - posted on 03/30/2010

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My son wakes up in the morning and drinks about 8 oz. He does the same at night. During the day, he will not drink formula for the life of him! He has to have juice.

Arleen - posted on 04/04/2010

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My 8 month old has a total of about 16 ozs most days and 24 some days. She also eats quite a bit of baby food. She'll take an 8 oz bottle of formula in the morning most days (shes not much of a breakfast eater) she'll eat her cereal and some fruit and/or vegetable for an early lunch then some days she'll have an 8 oz bottle before laying her down for a nap but usually doesn't need one. She will eat an early dinner when she gets up from her nap and then later she'll eat again. Both her lunch and dinner consists of meat veggies and fruit. Then she will have anywhere from 2-8 ozs of formula before bed. Throughout the day she usually drinks some water and juice also. You don't have to worry about how much formula your baby takes in. Every baby is different and they always base the average by whats most common. Just because something isn't common doesn't mean theres anything wrong with it. My first child and my second have completely different eating habits. My first took in much more formula than my second. My second is all about getting spoon fed and very much loves her food

Chantelle - posted on 09/17/2013

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Hey, my lb is 8 months and his bottles vary too.
He normally gets up about 5 which is his first bottle then will go back to sleep til about 7-7.30 then he'll have another 7 oz bottle.
Then at 9 hell have his porridge with puréed fruit
Then a nap
Then 11 hell have a snack and juice
12.30 hell have his lunch and 2 yogurts ( he likes frubes) with juice
2-3 hell have another bottle
Then a nap
At 5.30 is his dinner with 2 more frubes and juice
Then 8 hell have another bottle then fall asleep and go to bed :)

But his routine changes to whatever he likes as he's got 4 teeth and more coming through their appetite goes slightly xx

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Shirley - posted on 09/12/2013

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My grandson who is in my care is almost 9month and he weighs 20 pounds
He drinks 32oz of formula/ day and about 2 small bottles of baby food for lunch and dinner altogether. He also eats 1 tbs of cereal with formula added and some fruit
He is very happy and healthy. He crawls all over---however he does not sit up by himself for very long yet
He goes to bed at 8 pm every night and takes 2 naps per day. He has been getting up about 5am lately--where as he used to sleep to about 7-7:30am.
He has 1 tooth on the bottom and will be getting another one there soon. Maybe because he is teething that he is getting up earlier.

Sara-lee - posted on 04/04/2010

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My 8 month old was exclusively breast fed till 5 months and slowly weaned off till last week . He has never been big on formula but is totally happy with bottle. His weight is perfect too and I started weaning a 4 months with baby rice. I make all his food fresh and hes a great eater but only has 2oz in morn with 3/4 oz in cereal then 1 or 2oz at 2.30, (did extract from 2 weeks though so used to bottles) 5oz at bed time and I still do 10pm dream feed of up to 5oz as worried to cut it out as then he would not have enough. Has dinner in cheese sauce and yoghurts though too so getting enough overall.

Melissa - posted on 04/01/2010

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My son has around 20 oz. a day in a bottle. He decided at around 5 months he didn't want to breastfeed anymore :(...My husband and I also started giving him a bottle a few days after birth. He didn't have any problems latching on so when I was away he would just give him breast milk or formula but I breast fed for as long as he would let me. So, he gets a bottle before his nap and before bed. He usually drinks most of it but on occasion if he has eaten a lot of his dinner only 5-6 oz. are consumed. He also took to a sippy cup a few months ago so we haven't had any problems with that but from what I have read they tend to slow down on the milk and are usually full if they are eating 3 meals a day plus snacks. We give organic yogurt or string cheese for snacks and lunch (& dinner) is usually pasta (or carb. of some sort), fruit and veggies.

Jolene - posted on 03/30/2010

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I am so glad this convo is on here. I was just talking with my nanny about how much my girls drink of formula a day and it is about 18oz. they also get 3 meals of baby food too. They are gaining weight like they should be and don't seem to still be hungry after their feedings so I figured they are fine. It's nice to see that my daughters aren't the only ones that aren't really interested in their bottles anymore. They are nothing like my boys, I swear they ate and drank ALL day long! LOL

Rebekah - posted on 03/29/2010

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My son also only eats about 15 to 20oz of formula. However I started him on juices and gatorade (because he won't drink pedialyte) at about two months and he drinks 10 to 15oz of that. I give him half juice or gatorade mixed with water. Maybe try giving him other things like that. I know you are not supposed to, but when he was only a month old he had such bad Gastric Reflux he was starting to refuse to drink milk. My pediatrician told me to start the juice and pedialyte and I was assigned a feeding therapist. Even though my son still only eats about 15 oz of formula on most days and its a struggle getting him to drink that much, I think its fine. My son just got released from his feeding therapy program today!!!! Yea!! So obviously if it was that big of deal I think they would still have him in it. Plus as long as he has wet several diapers and is not loosing weight I think that's a good sign. If you are still concerned perhaps you should locate your local Children's resource Center. They do free screenings and you can talk to a therapist about your concerns. Everyone here at the one in my home town was so awesome and helpful!

Margaret - posted on 03/29/2010

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an 8 month old should drink three 7 oz bottles a day, that is 21 oz, my sisters baby would never drink a bottle 4m about 3 months, she only took 1 bottle in the morning and then she had 2 try force the rest in2 her all day, in the end she just started spoon feedin her and gave up on bottles, all babies r different and once they r healthy and puttin on weight then i wouldnt worry

Gerlee - posted on 03/28/2010

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my baby consumes 6-8oz a day but she already eat baby food and at night she s breastfeed

Lexi - posted on 03/28/2010

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My boy has always been a lighter eater than the supposed avg. The nurse at the doctors office said babies his age need to eat 20-30 ounces on avg plus their solid food. Depending on the day my boy eats between 15-25. He ONLY drinks out of a training tippy cup. It's got a soft spout like a nipple but its shaped like a tippy cup spout and it has handles. He refuses any bottles since we bought the tippy. I think it gives him that bit of independence that he is craving. I can lay him in his play pen if he is trying to squirm away while eating and he will take breaks in playing every few minutes for a quick swig and then go back to having fun. His appetite for formula depends a lot on how much solid food he gets in a day too. The way our days go sometimes I am really good and he gets three solid food meals (6-16ounces total depending on his appetite), other days I barely even manage to give him a few bites of my dinner and some rice puffs. Those days he drinks a lot more formula. He kinda goes through phases too. I think they must be growth spurts and then the times in between. For the past week he has been eating like craaaazy. Five or 6 ounces of solid food per meal and about 30 ounces of formula per day. For the two weeks before that though he was starting to freak me out because he was only drinking about 15 ounces of formula a day and only 1-2 ounces solid food per meal. I think as long as he is not dehydrated, not showing any symptoms of sickness and growing steadily he is fine. Every body has different needs, your boys body probably just doesn't need as much.

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My 8 month old eats 24oz. of formula a day...assuming he'll finish all of it! He's usually pretty good, but he has had a little cold, so that has made him a little more stubborn. When we went to the doctor at 6 months, she said that was the minimum. I'm not sure about 8 months, though.

Emily - posted on 03/27/2010

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My son has 4 8oz bottles a day plus 3 meals with baby food. He has a bottle at breakfast then has cereal and a fruit. At luch he has another bottle fruit and a vegetable. Dinner a bottle and a fruit and a vegetable. Then the last bottle at night right before he goes to bed. He's a big boy though already 24 pounds he's been big since birth and had always eaten a lot but the pediatrician says he's fine so I'm not cutting back on anything. I would think as long as he's not losing any weight you shouldn't worry too much I don't think that many babies fall into the "average" vcatecory everyone uses to come up with these rules.

Bobbi - posted on 03/27/2010

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This is so funny as I was just asking myself this question yesterday. Emmett eats 7 ounces 4 times a day. So that makes it 28 ounces. I have no clue if that is good or not. We have a check up coming up here. He also eats 3 meals a day of food. Emm is still a tiny peanut though.....so I'm not sure .......

Diane - posted on 03/27/2010

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My daughter drinks 24 oz of formula a day, which I have read is the recommended minimum but that's not why, it's just what she happens to take!

Susan - posted on 03/27/2010

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My daughter is almost 9 months and she eats about 30 oz a day. She can be stubborn about taking baby food so on days she's cooperative she might have a 4 oz bottle and half a jar of homemade baby food once a day. If she's having a fit with food then I'll give her bottles with mixed in rice cereal or oatmeal yogurt/cereal mixes.

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my son has 2 x 8oz bottles and has done since about 7 months (one first thing in morning and one last thing at night) - he just cut out his afternoon bottle refused to have it. He likes eating real food instead. I was worried about him not getting enough calcium but I make sure i give him a yogurt every day and he has some cows milk in his weetabix so i think hes fine. As long as hes getting 16 - 20 oz every day (which he is) then its fine!

Iysha - posted on 03/26/2010

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3-6 oz a feed depending on if you are giving food at that feed. I just got a feeding schedule from WIC and it looks like a schedule for a hungry baby. Lol. My daughter only eats 5 times a day. I feed her 6oz in the morning, 2-3oz with food for breakfast, either another 6 oz OR 2-3oz with food for lunch, 2-3oz and food for dinner and 6oz before bed time.

So, my daughter takes in roughly the same amount of formula as yours does. The WIC nutritionist said that wasn't alright and I gave her a little lesson and reminded her that my daughter is petite, she is not ever hungry after her feeds and will refuse to have more if she is not hungry. I told her that if my daughter's pediatrician says the way I'm feeding her is perfect for her, then it is perfect for her. I don't care how much she says I need to feed my daughter based on a chart...there is no way all that food is going to fit in my baby's tummy...that cahrt was obviously not made for her!

Becky - posted on 03/26/2010

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wow! I am reading what everyone else posted for how much their child takes in and now I am concerned. My son only takes 3 to 3 1/2 oz of milk at a time when he takes a bottle. He is breastfed, but I work, so he takes about 3 maybe 4 bottles during the day while I work and he nurses about 3 times in the evening when I am home, and he gets up and eats once during the night. He has never taken more than 3.5 oz. He just isn't interested, He has 2.5 oz jar of meat and 1/2 of a 4 oz jar of veggie for lunch and before bed he has cereal and 1/2 jar of fruit. He has a snack like a biter cookie or puffs in the afternoon. Am I starving my child? He seems so healthy. He isn't scrawny...

Maria - posted on 03/26/2010

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Well, my 8 month old has hated his bottle since he was 2 months old. Not the bottler per se.... the formula. We have now switched him to homogenized milk, and he loves it, it's no longer a fight to get him to drink, and he's packin on the pounds again! I know it's not "recommended", but that's what our moms did back when we were babies, and we all turned out fine.

Jessica - posted on 03/25/2010

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ever baby is different, and no baby will refuse food if they're hungry. my son has an 8 oz bottle for breakfast with either rice or oatmeal cereal mixed with fruits, lunch time he gets 7 oz, with his meat and veggies, usually accompanied by fruits for dessert and has the same for supper, then just an 8 oz bottle for bed. So thats about 30 oz a day, only formula, not counting veggies, fruits and juice. My lil man's abig boy, with a more than healthy appetite. your baby sounds like my oldest, he was the same..it was almost like he was just eating enough to say he'd ate. if your ped says he's fine, and he's not losing any weight or getting sick, i'd say you're pretty lucky to have a lil foodsaver, beats buying a can of formula every 5 days! :)

Laura - posted on 03/25/2010

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My son is almost 8 months old and he started solids at 6 months.

This is his normal eating schedule:

Morning: Rice Cereal mixed with Mixed Grain Cereal and 2 oz of fruit

Before Morning Nap: 6-8 oz. of Formula

Dinner: Rice Cereal mixed with 2-4 oz of Veggie

Before Afternoon Nap: 6-8 oz. of Formula

Supper: 4 0z Jar of Veggie and 2 oz. of Fruit

Before Bed: 6-8 oz of Formula

This is a normal day...depending on the days happenings it may differ! Baby's will never starve themselves so if he doesn't want it, he must not need it.

Terah - posted on 03/24/2010

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My 8 month old drinks about 26 to 28 oz depending on how many meals he has gotten. I try to split up the meals and the bottles so they aren't to close to each other so he finshes his meals. As long as your baby is gaining weight and growing your little boy is ok. That is a great sign he is healthy. My ped said that each child varies with the amount of oz they drink it depends on their size and metabolism.

Amy - posted on 03/22/2010

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Mine has baby food (one of the stage 2 jars) mixed with rice cereal for lunch and for dinner. He goes through about six 6 or 8 oz bottles throughout the day, so I guess about 36-48 oz a day. He eats a lot. :-)

Shalaina - posted on 03/22/2010

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We average around 22 oz a day. I was told the minimal should be 20-24oz. We give him 6oz bottles when he only has a bottle (first thing in the morning and before bed..or if we are out) and then we give him 4 oz when he has his cereal, fruits, veggies.

Melissa - posted on 03/22/2010

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My Son eats on average about 24-28Oz. in a day. My pedi said thats good beacause hes fillin gup on his baby food or table food. We have a full days feedings all planned out. In the morning, around 6AM He gets a 6oz bottle, then goes back to sleep till around 9am. Then he gets another 6Oz bottle along with about 3Tbs of oatmeal mixed with warm water and pear juice (My Pedi says the pear juice helps with constipation). Then at Lunch, He gets a 4Oz bottle with a jar of fruit. then his next feeding he gets another 4 Oz bottle with Rice mixed with a fruit for snack. Then his next feeding he gets a 5Oz bottle, then at Dinner he gets a 4Oz bottle with either half a jar of a meat plus whole jar of a veggie or a mixed meal like Sweet Potatoes and Turkey combined....Or Wel just give him a veggie and some of whatever Were having for dinner, Depends on what were having tho!So yea, I guess what im getting at is If you do anything like I do, thats alot of food for the baby 2 take in so the bottle is ok if he/she eats less of it!

Kaylynn - posted on 03/22/2010

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well my son only gets about 16 oz a day approximately but he also has a sippy cup with his toys if he is still thirsty...the only time i give him a bottle is before taking a nap for going to bed for the night....

Jeni - posted on 03/21/2010

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Hey ya
My son's pedatrician reccommends that 8 month old should be having 800ml a day (24 hours) Which is 4 feeds of 200ml.

Chelsey - posted on 03/21/2010

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my daughter never wants to eat her bottles anymore. she eats like 2 bottles of 6oz... and 2 bottles of 5oz... she would rather eat real food or baby food.

Amber - posted on 03/21/2010

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My little guy eats about 24-32oz. It all depends on how into the baby food he is that particular day.

Rebecca - posted on 03/21/2010

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24-30ozs...my 8 month old daughter eats about 20ozs a day. She loves her bottles. Have you tried giving it to him in a sippy cup? They make them with soft spouts to help change over without too many problems. Maybe so independence would help him eat more but in my opinion if he's getting 20ozs a day i wouldn't worry about a thing. He is also eating food now as well so try to keep this in mind although they say formula has everything they need for the first year, he is filling on food as well and gets what he needs from it. He wont starve himself so don't worry. My first child was so stubborn as well and wanted to always feed himself...to this day he's like that and he's now 2.5yrs old and very healthy and happy:)

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