How Much Formula Should My Baby Eat?
When your baby was born, it was easy to decide how much they should eat. Why? Because they cried when they were hungry – at which point you gave them either the breast or bottle until they were content. I would like to clear briefly about how much formula should my baby eat?
Yet, for many babies, it seems that as they get older they never seem to get full. This can make deciding how much your baby should eat a confusing endeavor at best.
Before you pull out the books on how to feed your baby, consider that your intuition may be right. Many old school moms will recommend that you put cereal in your baby’s bottle to help keep them full longer.
However, you should really check with your pediatrician. Both diluting formula (which can cause drowning) and thickening it with cereal can prove to be life-threatening.
Up until four months, your baby will likely eat on a schedule of every 2 to 4 hours. Breastfed babies normally eat more often. In the beginning, your baby may only take a few ounces, but will likely work his way up to a full 8-ounce bottle within just a few months.
From there, the schedule can be iffy and may vary from day today. Look for signs that your baby is ready. Around four months you can begin feeding solid foods.
You should start out lightly, by introducing cereal mixed with water, juice, and formula or breast milk. The trick is giving them time to learn how to eat.
When they catch on, they may take to eating solids right away – or may seem uninterested. Take your cues from your baby, but continue to offer at least 2 solid feedings per day. Your baby can still have their bottle or breast; just try to replace two bottles or breastfeedings with solid food.
Chances are that the introduction of solids will lengthen times between bottle and breast-feeding. When your child is ready, go ahead, and incorporate a third meal into the mix.
This happens normally at the 5-month mark. At this point, you will likely be feeding 3 full bottles and three full meals daily. Many moms also use bottled water or diluted juice to help keep their baby hydrated.
Here’s a tip….when you feed water or juice, try to offer it from a sippy cup so that your baby can slowly but surely learn to transition.
Once your baby is a full-fledged eater, snacking can be introduced. Your best bet is to choose highly nutritious snacks for your baby that doesn’t seem to interrupt their meal schedule.
Just like any other person, you will have good days and bad days when it comes to feeding. One day your baby might be eager to eat and drink, while other days not so much.
Some babies tend to be grazers, and many start out not really enjoying solid food in the beginning. The best way to tell if your baby is eating enough is to look at how well they are gaining weight and developing.
If you have any concerns, talk to your pediatrician and make sure that you get to see where they are on the growth chart. Chances are, your baby is doing perfectly fine.