4 oz bottles verses 6 oz bottles??

Venus - posted on 02/05/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )




My son is 5 1/2 months old. He is fed solids breakfast, lunch, and dinner. He only drinks 4 oz. bottles of breast milk. Is this normal for this age or should he be drinking 6 oz bottles?


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Ashley - posted on 02/09/2009




My daughter will be 6 months old on the 24th, she does not eat solids yet, hasnt quite figured out how to use a spoon yet. She normally eats 6 oz every 4-5 hours, so I think that since yours eats solids that 4 oz bottles are fine since he is eating other things as well.

Marlene - posted on 02/07/2009




My son is 6 months and has solids only twice a day, and five bottles of 4oz of breastmilk/formula, I was trying to get him to drink more, but he won't finish the bottles. His peditrician thinks it's okay, since he is growing perfectly fine. He's never had a big appetite, but somehow ended up on the 95th percentile? I just don't get it, what would happen if I fed him, like the other babies are being fed!!! lol

Melissa - posted on 02/06/2009




My little one can only hold down 4 oz. at each feeding.  He gets a bottle first thing in the morning, then 2 hours later gets cereal.  He gets baby food the next time he eats, but after that it's just bottles, 4 oz each time.  With bottles, he eats about every 2- 2 1/2 hours.  It ends up being about 4 bottles a day (for a total of 16 oz formula).  I also use formula for his cereal, and he gets a little diluted baby juice with his food.

Nicole - posted on 02/06/2009




When we started solids, we gave him food first and then formula.  I just saw the pediatrician and he reversed what we were doing.  Joshua has a 6 oz bottle and solids for breakfast lunch and dinner and about 2-3 more bottles a day.  But everyone is different...

Jen - posted on 02/05/2009




Every baby is different. Mine does solids 3 times a day, and a 7oz bottle 5 times a day (he was preemie and seems determined to now weigh more than any other baby his age). How many bottles does he have a day. My pediatrician said they should be having between 24 and 40 ounces (depending on how much solids they are having). Some babies just don't need as much as others. As long as he is gaining weight instead of losing it, I'm sure it's fine. Just mention it to your doctor as his next checkup if you're concerned.

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