How much should my 5 week old be eating?

Elizabeth - posted on 06/13/2010 ( 38 moms have responded )

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Went to pediatrician for one month check up a week ago and told him that my son eats between 2.5oz and 5oz. He said that is a wide range. Sometimes I can't get him to eat any more than 2.5oz though. How much do your 5 week old's usually eat?

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Paula - posted on 08/25/2012

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my 5 week old baby girl takes around 5ozs between 2 an 3 hours an on occassion seems like she wants more is this too much ??

Michelle - posted on 04/27/2012

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if breastfeeding about every 2-3 hours. 2-5 oz sounds right.if he is only drinking 2.5 oz. he'll be fine. as long as he don't get dehydrated. make sure you get him to try to eat about every 2-3 hours.

Kirsty-Louise - posted on 06/24/2010

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my lil girl is 4 weeks old and she eats 5oz every three hours n she'll drain her bottle on most feeds....my girl loves her food lol :)

Michelle - posted on 05/18/2013

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All children... babies in this matter will eat as much as they will when they are hungry.. Not every baby is going to eat the same.. If your baby is eating and then stops because his belly is full.. then he will wait a little later and eat more. You can tell his little belly gets bigger after he drinks milk. It is like having a newborn and the newborn nurses off of you for about 15 minutes and then stops and about 1/2 or so they want more.. they will let you know when they are hungry and full. Now if you see your baby loosing weight and becoming malnurished, then I'd worry.

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Laura - posted on 07/08/2014

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Hey, babies will eat until they are full. If baby is not content by the end of the feeding then giving them more is ok! If there is a high pitched cry or arching back it's prob gas. Then burp and try again. You are not feeding them too much, they are babies!! Listen to your baby and if they are awake after a feeding, then nap but won't nap very well then they may need more ounces added to their feedings.

Sandra - posted on 05/28/2014

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My son just turned 5 weeks and had been eating 4oz since he was about 2 weeks old. We went to his first month chech up yesterday and his pediatrician said he was healthy. His weight, length, and head circumference is normal. But when i told her how much he was eating she said it was too much for such a young baby. She then told me to feed him 2oz every 2 hours....i feel so bad because i started to feed him 2oz since last night but he still seems hungry! The only way he calms down is if i put him back to sleep wich only lasts a little while and then he is up again....i dont think he is comfortable....i keep thinking im a bad mom because i leave him hungry....help!!

Vannessa - posted on 04/08/2014

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My son is 5weeks old and is drinking 5oz every 2/3 hours I thought this was far to much but my midwife, doctor and health visitor all said I should feed him as much as he wants at this stage and my doctor said she'll do a review of his eating a this 8 week check up

Anchelle - posted on 03/06/2014

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To those of you posting on here that you are giving your infant water at anytime before or after feedings because they are still hungry are idiots. There is a very good reason why you DO NOT GIVE an infant only weeks old water such as brain swelling, seizures and even death!! If you are or have done this than please stop until intructed by your pediatrician!!!

Leah - posted on 02/27/2014

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My Lil one averages 1oz every hr. She usually takes 3 oz every 3 hrs but someone's its less more often

Leanne - posted on 12/05/2013

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My little boy is 5 weeks on sunday and he has 4oz every 3-4 hours. He is slowly drinking more on a night. =]

Paula - posted on 08/25/2012

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my health visitor said that too what so are we supposed to starve our littleuns tried water but she still wants bottle an wont settle til full she is my 3rd baby never had a hungrier child before newbie again xx

Octavia - posted on 06/27/2010

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My 5 week old eats 4.5 - 5 oz per feeding! My pediatrician said that is too much though! Hes a hungry lil boy!!

Alyssa - posted on 06/26/2010

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My daughter is 9 weeks old but was early so her adjusted age is 5 weeks. She eats 3.5oz-4oz every 3-4 hours during the day and 6 hours at night.They told me to not make her eat the full bottle if she is refusing it. As long as she is having plenty of wet and poopy diapers, seems satisfied, gaining weight, and doesnt refuse more than 2 full feedings in a row she is fine.

Krista - posted on 06/24/2010

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My daughter is 6 weeks old but we had to start her on cereal (with the prediatricians approval) about a week ago because she would eat like 8oz + of formula each time!

Natasha - posted on 06/23/2010

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My son eats 4oz each feeding and sometimes i have to give him water afterwards cuz he stays hungry

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i keep a notebook for my babygirl who is also about 5 weeks. i write down every time she drinks and how much of it she drank, at the end of the day i put a total of oz. drank and how many bottles she took it in...an average day for my baby is 2-3 oz in 6-8 bottles a day...she is on formula.

Kami - posted on 06/21/2010

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my little girl just turned a mth old on the 19 and she eats at least 4oz every 4-5 hrs

Peggie - posted on 06/21/2010

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My daughter is now 7 weeks, but at 5 weeks she was eating between 4 and 5, and still is at 5oz. Does he fall asleep mid-feeding? If so that could be why he's only taking 2.5,try to rouse him to encourage to finish his feeding ;)

Leanne - posted on 06/21/2010

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my son will be 4 weeks on wednesday. He eats 3.5 oz to 5 oz every 2 1/2 to 3 hours (he was 9 lbs when he was born and we had to supplement him by waking him every 2.5 to 3 hours due to high bilirubin levels). His sleep is still restless and he gets up in the middle of the night roughly every 3 hours depending on how much he ate at the previous feeding. Sometimes he can't hold his eyes open long enough for a whole bottle.

Samantha - posted on 06/21/2010

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my son just turned a month, and he usually will eat a full 4.0 oz every three to four hours.. As long as i dont get him off schedule it helps him sleep longer through the night to.

Hayley - posted on 06/20/2010

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My baby boy is 6 weeks now and feeds anywhere from 4oz-60z every 3-4 hours.He may sometimes last 5 hours from one feed to the next but thats quite rare. Every baby is an individual and therefore how much your 5 week old should be eating varies. I know from my 1st daughter who is now 6, she only took very small amounts until she was 2-3 months and she turned out just fine!! Sometimes if you persist with a feed and your baby takes more than he wants he will vomit and then your no better off.

Sara - posted on 06/18/2010

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My baby was 5 weeks Tues. He eats about 4-5oz per feeding. Have you tried burping him in the middle of the feeding? Sometimes he won't keep eating until he's burped once or twice. Also, it depends on how long it's been since he ate last. He goes at least 4 if not 5 hours in between feedings. Good luck!!

Heather - posted on 06/17/2010

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My daughter is 5 weeks old tomorrow and she eats 2-4 oz. every 3 to 3 and a half hours! She goes 5-6 hours at night though. At our checkup the doctor said if she wants more to give her more, it's really whatever she wants to eat as long as she is eating and gaining a good amount of weight. She previously was eating too much and gained two lbs in two weeks, so now I have to pump and feed her from a bottle.

Maryann - posted on 06/17/2010

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My son is 6 weeks old now and drinks up to 5oz per feed every 3-4 hours, except at night when he drinks only once. In 24 hours, he drinks about 26-30oz. There are times when he falls asleep after 2oz but I will change his nappy and he will wake up to finish the feed. If he doesn't finish his feed, he will tend to want to feed again in 1.5 to 2 hours which will then disrupt his sleep in the night.

JoMarie - posted on 06/17/2010

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My daughter is 6 weeks now but last week she was eating 4oz every 3 to 4 hours but slept 6 hours at night. Now at 6 weeks she eats 5 oz every 4 hours but is sleeping 7 to 8 hours every night. In a 24 hours period it's about the same 24 to 25 oz. Our pediatrcian says the same thing. It doesn't matter per feeding how much your 5 week old is eating but within the 24 hour period. I tell you one thing, it's easier on you if he's eating close to the same amount every feeding. Before I increased her formula to 5oz she was eating every 2 1/2 to 3 hours, and for me it was a pain.

Marnell - posted on 06/16/2010

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my son will be 6 weeks old upcoming sunday and he eats about 4-6oz per feeding thats when he eats formula and breastfed he will prop eat 4oz or more depends how much i get from pumping

Katarina - posted on 06/16/2010

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I have 5 weeks old boy. When I breastfeed not really sure how much he eats but when I pump its about 3oz. When I give him formula he eats up to 4oz. My pediatrician said he can eat up to 4 oz. Hope that helps.

Kerry - posted on 06/16/2010

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my baby girl is nearly 4 weeks old and she varies from her feeds sometimes she has 5ozs or sometimes she has 3ozs xxx

Amanda - posted on 06/14/2010

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My almost 6 week old baby girl is eating about 5 oz every4 or 5 hours depeing on how she feels.

Kayla - posted on 06/13/2010

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My little man is 6 weeks and eating about 3-5oz, he loves his food lol. Every feeding is different, my son is both breast and formula fed... not sure if that makes a difference. Hope that helps though!

Joelle - posted on 06/13/2010

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i breastfeed but i think he is eating about 3oz bc when i pump for the amount of time he feed i get out about 3-4 oz.

Tabitha - posted on 06/13/2010

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My baby isn't 5 weeks old yet. But at our 2 week appointment last week we were talking to our pediatrician about how he ate and she said it is perfectly normal for babies to not always eat the same amount at each feeding (right now he eats between 1-4 oz each feeding) it's not about how much they eat at each feeding its about how much they eat the entire day, as long as THAT stays consistent he is fine.

Hayley - posted on 06/20/2010

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My baby boy is 6 weeks now and feeds anywhere from 4oz-60z every 3-4 hours.He may sometimes last 5 hours from one feed to the next but thats quite rare. Every baby is an individual and therefore how much your 5 week old should be eating varies. I know from my 1st daughter who is now 6, she only took very small amounts until she was 2-3 months and she turned out just fine!! Sometimes if you persist with a feed and your baby takes more than he wants he will vomit and then your no better off.

Heather - posted on 06/17/2010

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My daughter is 5 weeks old tomorrow and she eats 2-4 oz. every 3 to 3 and a half hours! She goes 5-6 hours at night though. At our checkup the doctor said if she wants more to give her more, it's really whatever she wants to eat as long as she is eating and gaining a good amount of weight. She previously was eating too much and gained two lbs in two weeks, so now I have to pump and feed her from a bottle.

JoMarie - posted on 06/17/2010

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My daughter is 6 weeks now but last week she was eating 4oz every 3 to 4 hours but slept 6 hours at night. Now at 6 weeks she eats 5 oz every 4 hours but is sleeping 7 to 8 hours every night. In a 24 hours period it's about the same 24 to 25 oz. Our pediatrcian says the same thing. It doesn't matter per feeding how much your 5 week old is eating but within the 24 hour period. I tell you one thing, it's easier on you if he's eating close to the same amount every feeding. Before I increased her formula to 5oz she was eating every 2 1/2 to 3 hours, and for me it was a pain.

Marnell - posted on 06/16/2010

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my son will be 6 weeks old upcoming sunday and he eats about 4-6oz per feeding thats when he eats formula and breastfed he will prop eat 4oz or more depends how much i get from pumping

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