The Basics of Formula-Feeding

If a bottle is part of the mealtime equation, keep these magical numbers in mind.

Bottle-feeding may seem super simple, but whether you’re supplementing here and there or utilizing infant formula as your sole source of baby food, it can still come with a few FAQs for a new mom. (Am I overfeeding my newborn? Will my baby start solids around the same time as breastfed babies?) Follow this feeding guide from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for proper formula-feeding.

2.5 ounces

The amount of formula per pound of body weight that baby will consume daily. So, if your little one weighs in at 8 pounds, baby needs about 20 ounces.

4 hours

The typical time between meals for a formula-fed 1-month-old (who will usually down around 4 ounces at a time). By 6 months, your munchkin will consume 6 to 8 ounces of formula five times a day.

2-4 months

The months of age at which most formula-fed babies no longer need to wake for a middle-of-the-night snack as long as their weight gain is on track. (In other words, let that baby sleep!) Around six months, you can look into starting solid foods once it’s cleared with a health care provider.

Note: The numbers listed here are averages for baby’s first year, so your baby might eat a little more or less often depending on her needs in a 24-hour period. If you have any concerns about baby feeding, hunger cues or your baby’s weight, bring them up with your pediatrician.

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