How often should I bottle feed my baby?

As with breastfeeding you should bottle feed your baby breast milk or formula on demand.
In the first few days it is normal for your baby to demand very small and frequent feedings. Babies are expected to lose weight in the first few days and regain it by about day 10.

Newborns may take very small volumes of formula. The volume of feedings demanded will gradually increase until you start weaning and then the frequency and number of feedings should be decreased. Average feeding amounts are:

Approximate Age Approximate single feed volume Number of feeds/day
mls ozs
1 to 2 weeks 50-70 2-3 7-8
2 to 6 weeks 75-110 3-4 6-7
2 months 110-180 4-6 5-6
3 months 170-220 6-7 5
6 months 220-240 7-8 4

Babies don’t always drink the same amount at each feeding and should always be allowed to stop when they have had enough, rather than being coerced to drink the same amount at each feeding or finish every bottle.

Extra fluid

In exceptionally hot weather your baby may become thirsty in between their usual feeds. You can offer them drinks of boiled then cooled water. Don’t give them flavoured or sweetened waters.

Please be aware that the information given in these articles is only intended as general advice and should in no way be taken as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you or your family or your child is suffering from symptoms or conditions which are severe or persistent or you need specific medical advice, please seek professional medical assistance. Philips AVENT cannot be held responsible for any damages that result from the use of the information provided on this website.

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