Baby Formula Feeding Chart – Amount And Schedule

It is important for your baby to gain weight appropriately within their own personal growth. Then, parents would not worry about their baby’s growth. If you have trouble with your baby’s feeding that is not taking the right amount of milk or spitting up whenever bottle-fed, speak to your pediatrician. Read this article to know about all the formula feeding solutions and the baby formula chart in detail.

Baby Formula Feeding Chart – Amount And Schedule

How much formula can take and how much the time gap between the feeding purely depends on your baby’s needs. Here are few things that you need to know about the baby formula feeding chart.

First Days:

Initial days, your baby belly is very tiny. Take from 30–60 ml(1 to 2 ounces) of formula per feeding and will take every 2-3 hrs on average during first few days. Whereas Breastfed babies take a small amount of formula, more frequently than formula-fed babies.

First Few Weeks:

If your infant sleeps more than four to five hours continuously and starts missing feedings, wake your baby up and give a bottle of milk. Take from 60–90 ml(2 to 3 ounces) of formula per feeding and will take every 3-4 hrs on average during her first few weeks. Usually, most infants can take the formula milk eight to twelve times a day.

By The End Of The First Month:

Your infant will be up to at least 120 ml(4 ounces) per feeding. Your baby takes the milk every four hours. Usually, after about a few weeks to few months, babies feeding time will be longer[1], so you need to wake your baby up to feed.

About 2 to 4 Months:

At 2 months age, your baby takes 120 to 150 ml(4-5 ounces) per feeding every 3-4 hours. At about 4 months, your baby takes 120 to 180 ml(4-6 ounces) per feeding. Few feeding sessions may be short and few are long, do not worry about it. Few kids start showing interest in few solid foods, you can look for the food options for 4 months baby after consulting your pediatrician.

By Six Months:

At 6 months, Your baby takes 180–240 ml (6 to 8 ounces) for every four to five feedings in a day. You can even start giving solid foods for 6 months baby.

6 to 12 Months:

During this age, your baby starts showing signs of hunger. Most of the six to twelve months old babies will need 5 to 6 times of formula and solid foods for 12 months babies.

On average, your infant baby should take at least 75 ml(2.5 ounces) of formula milk in a day for every 453 grams(one pound) of the weight. But the intake of formula will be regulated based on the specific needs of your baby. Just do not go by the fixed amount of formula. Let your baby take it until he is full. If he is full, he might throw off the bottle or look sleepy or easily distracted during feeding. If he keeps drinking even after the bottle is empty or smacking his lips continuously, then he might be still hungry.

  • Usually, most infants take 90-120 ml(3-4 ounces) formula per feeding during the first month. And increase 30 ml(1 ounce) per month until they reach a maximum of 210 – 240 ml(7-8 ounces).
  • If your baby constantly seems to take less than this, consult your pediatrician and discuss this. Your infant should not take more than 960 ml(32 ounces) of formula milk in a day.
  • Few babies might just want to suck the pacifier.

Also Read: Best Foods To Increase Breast Milk

Can you overfeed a baby formula?

Most parents want their baby to grow chubby cheeks, chubby thighs. But there is the main concern every mother has to consider is childhood obesity. If your child has a sudden gain in weight than normal growth, consult your pediatrician.

How often should a newborn feed on formula?

Generally, it is recommended to have it whenever your baby is hungry. Most of the newborn babies will have to be fed every 2-3 hours. On average, a newborn baby takes about 45 to 90 ml(1.5-3 ounces) every two to three hours. This amount increases as your baby grow and is able to take more at each feeding.

Also Read: Formula Milk Vs Breast Milk

It is suggested that do not go by books or websites which can not tell you precisely or the exact need of your baby’s intake. Observe that if your baby is increasing the quantity at least a little amount, if the quantity is decreasing then there is a need to visit the doctor and get the right thing to do.