Parenting

Schedule for Infant Feeding

One of the greatest worries for new parents is if they are feeding their baby enough, and how many times per day should they be feeding their baby. What sort of schedule should they try to keep if any? There are recommendations for feeding infants but they vary depending on whether you are breast feeding your baby or feeding your baby formula.

Suggestions for feeding your baby breast milk:

0-1 Month old:

Feed on demand, at least every 2-3 hours. There will be about 8-10 feedings a day.  Some days even a few more. You will quickly be able to tell when your child is hungry.

1-4 Months old:

The feedings may decrease slightly as your baby sleeps longer through the night, approximately 7-8  feedings per day.

4-6 Months old

About 6-7 feedings per day. Some mothers will introduce a few solids during this time usually starting with   rice cereal. Check what your pediatrician as to what he/she recommends

6-9 Months old:

Around 4-6 feedings per day. The amount of feedings will drop off as your baby eats more solid foods.

9-12 Months old:

Approximately 4 feedings per day, since your child will usually eating even more solids including some finger          foods.

 

Suggestions for a formula fed baby

0-1 Month old:

Every 3-4 hours give feed your baby two to three ounces of formula. (Approximately 6-8 feedings per day).

1-4 Months old:

Feed your baby four to six ounces of formula every 4-5 hours. (Approximately 5-6 feedings per day).

4-6 Months old:

Feed your baby six to eight ounces of formula at each feeding. (Approximately 4-5 feedings per day).

Some mothers will introduce a few solids during this time usually starting with rice cereal. Check what   your pediatrician as to what he/she recommends

6-9 Months old:

The amount of formula will be dependent on the number of solid foods in your baby’s diet. (24-30 ounces of            formula per day)

9-12 Months old:

Your baby’s formula feedings will drop and his intake will be approximately 24 ounces per day.

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