If you’re a first time mom (or, hey, maybe even a second or third time mom!) you may find that feeding your baby the right amount of formula can be a difficult task. Maybe your baby is refusing to finish a bottle or cries after they've finished a bottle. Both my daughter and my son were very rapid eaters and would sometimes be mad that their bottles were finished so quickly!
Lucky for us parents that feel like we have no idea what we’re doing, there are a few simple guidelines for formula feeding! Keep in mind that since all babies are different, these are not hard and fast rules. It’s always a good idea to track your baby’s weight and be in consultation with your baby’s pediatrician.
The main rule of thumb you should remember for formula feeding in the months before your baby eats solids is to feed 2.5 ounces per pound of baby’s weight per day. For instance, an 8 pound baby should be fed 20 ounces in a day.
You may find that your baby wants more or less than the suggested amount. That’s ok. There are many circumstances that can cause a baby’s appetite to fluctuate. Babies typically hit growth spurts around 14 days old, 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months and 6 months. You’ll probably notice your baby wanting more formula during those days.
In my own experience, I have noticed that my babies have had less of an appetite when they’re not feeling well or teething. If you’re worried about baby’s appetite speak with your pediatrician.
If your baby seems to want more formula than you are offering, try making just an ounce or two more to feed them.
Once you’re baby is eating solids you’ll notice that they doesn’t need as much formula anymore. By 6 months they will probably be eating 4 to 5 bottles of 6 to 8 ounces. They may adjust their intake gradually as she learns to eat more solids. Though they’ll likely still be on about 4 bottles at their first birthday. If you’re concerned about their formula intake while eating solids, contact your pediatrician.
You can use BlueSmart mia to help you maintain a feeding schedule for your baby. Simply get the app and input your baby’s age, weight, height, and gender to create a custom schedule. You can easily modify the schedule that is created. You can add the amount of formula baby consumed by using Amazon Alexa or automatically with BlueSmart mia2. You can also share all the saved feeding and growth data from the app with your baby’s pediatrician. Then you will be able to easily consult with the pediatrician about baby’s feeding habits.
Remember that if you have a happy baby who is gaining weight gradually, they are probably eating well!