Is it normal for a 5 week old to be eating 5-6 oz of formula in 1 feeding??


Leah - posted on 04/26/2009




my little girl is 4 wks old and only about 8lbs and she is eating about 4-41/2 oz every 3-4hrs so that seems about right..I am supplementing and it seems that she eats more formula than breastmilk during each feeding.

Debbie - posted on 04/26/2009




That sounds about normal. My son is 7 weeks and he eats about 3 tablespoons of cereal and a 5 ounce bottle every night....and still wakes uop at 3-4 for more to eat! I also give him cereal in the am along with another 5 ounces. Throughout the day he will eat about every 3 hours and its usually 5-6 ounces (without cereal), then about 4 pm he gets a veggie (sweet potatos). I figure it cant be wrong if hes eating it. he is 7 weeks and about 12 pounds now. Hes a growing boy and needs to eat.


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Cathy - posted on 04/27/2009




hi my 2 sons drank loads. my sons were on 6 oz when they were 3 weeks old, ever baby is different, some drink loads and some only drink a little bit. if your baby is hungry i would give it to them,

Lucy - posted on 04/26/2009




Trust yourself and trust your baby.....if the formula is staying down and the baby is healthy, don't doubt it. Babies have this funny little way of letting you know it's too much, LOL, they spit it up all over your clean blouse!! But seriously, trust yourself.

Jacquelyn - posted on 04/26/2009




I agree with everyone else... don't worry about her eating too much. if she starts to spit it up then maybe you'll know to cut back a little but if she's holding it down without any problems don't worry about it. you'll notice she'll sleep better. most babies who have full tummies will sleep longer... which you know is a blessing at that age.

just keep mentioning her eating habits to your pediatrican on your next check up and he/she will advise you if you are on the right track.

my daughter is 20 months old and i can't get her to eat at all! she's just not a big eater... i wish i could get her to eat! haha...

good luck!

Amanda - posted on 04/26/2009




I am breastfeeding so I don't know much about formula, but I can say that my LO during the 5th week ate ALL the time!! It was a growth spirt!

Digna - posted on 04/26/2009




When it comes to babies some things are not normal. Some eat too little and some eat a lot. If the baby is keeping the formula down and he's not acting out or sick or overweight. I think it is fine. Take into consideration the time between feedings. Some babies feed every two hours and for this they do not eat that much. If you are still concern talk to your pediatrician.

Serena - posted on 04/26/2009




don't worry about it, my youngest daughter was eating that much when she was 3 weeks old. At that young of an age they won't eat if they aren't hungry.

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