Is 4 oz to much to feed my 1 month old?

Brittany - posted on 07/31/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My son is 1 month old and eats 4 oz every 2 to 3 hours...is this to much? Everyone seems to think im over feeding him...but I just feed him when hes hungry! Wich seems to be all the time!

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Ashley - posted on 07/31/2009

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my sister was actually just at the dr with her baby on thurs. he was born on sunday so not even a wk old yet and the dr asked her how much he was eating. she told him 3 oz and she thought for sure he'd tell her that she's over feeding him. he said that's perfect. i have a feeding guide that they gave me at the hospital when i had my son (4 wks ago) and it says 1 wk-1 month # of feedings per day 7-8 and amount per feeding 2-4 oz. 1 month-3 months is 4-6 oz. hope this has helped you a bit!

Brittany - posted on 07/31/2009

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The weird thing is, his pediatrician told me that 4 oz was WAY to much to be feeding him...he is very gassy and she told me thats why....she said only feed him 3 oz....I said so even if hes screaming like hes still hungry dont feed him? She said if he still acts hungry after 3 oz to try other things like giving him his pacifier, rocking him etc... I tried this and even after 3 oz he was still gassy! Sometimes he still acts hungry after the 4 oz but Im scared to feed him more than that! He never spits up though.

Andrea - posted on 07/31/2009

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My first son drank that much as well when he was 1 month old. My family told me I was overfeeding him. I never listened to them i listened to my baby b/c if i didn't feed him that much he would scream until he got it! I would agree that it is okay that your baby eats that much as long as they are not spitting up alot afterwards. Don't let anyone make you second guess yourself, you know your baby better than anyone else does.

Charlene - posted on 07/31/2009

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I wondered about my son too. He has been eating anywhere between 2 and 8 ounces a feeding since he was a week old. His doctor said that as long as he doesn't spit up, he's fine. I say the baby knows when he's full and when he's done, he's done. When he starts playing, I take it away. If he eats the whole time, I let him eat as much as he likes.

Ashley - posted on 07/31/2009

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my son is 4 wks and he will drink 5 oz but will go 4 hrs during the day and usually 5 hrs at night. i would say that he is eating just fine

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Bryanne - posted on 08/01/2009

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Absolutely not! As long as he's not spitting up tons of food, you're doing fine. Babies are naturally self-regulating. My daughter ate 6 oz a feeding at 2 months old and grew like a weed...she needed the extra nourishment. Every child is different, don't sweat it.



Regarding the gas, are you BFing or using formula? We had to switch our daughter's formula to soy because she had a milk protein allergy. The doctor had told us we didn't have to switch, but my husband and I both felt it would help -- and sure enough, it really did!

Anaquita - posted on 07/31/2009

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Like the other's said if he's not spitting it back up, he's okay. Mine liked to scarf down about 8oz at that point, per feeding. Of course he was growing like a weed, and still is. He's 5 but taller than his 6.5yr old cousin!

Christina - posted on 07/31/2009

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I believe that my daughter started with 4 oz at 5 weeks. They do say that if your child is eating more than 32 oz in 24 hours then you need to talk about adding rice cereal.

Morgan - posted on 07/31/2009

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My baby eats 4 oz every 2-3 hours also and has since he was 5 days old- he's now 8 weeks and continues eating this amt. Babies know how much they need! Some just eat more than others.

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you're fine! if your baby's hungry, feed him. all babies have different needs. you'll know if it's too much or if there is a problem- trust your instincts!

Deanna - posted on 07/31/2009

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I think that sounds about right... Here's what the American Academy of Pediatrics says:



The American Academy of Pediatrics, in the book Your Baby's First Year, also provides a nice guideline and suggests that 'on average, your baby should take in about 2 1/2 ounces of formula a day for every pound of body weight.'



The AAP also states that 'most babies are satisfied with 3 to 4 ounces per feeding during the first month, and increase that amount by 1 ounce per month until reach 8 ounces.'

Sara - posted on 07/31/2009

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My daughter ate that much when she was that old! I think as long as he is not spiting most of it up he is fine. That is what the pediatrician told me, if they are spitting up alot after eating than they are eating too much. Hope this helps!

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