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How much formula should my daughter be eating?

My daughter is 4 weeks old and in a sitting usually eats about 6oz of formula. How much is too much? She's pretty good about letting us know when she's still hungry or full but there are times where it seems she's eating too much because she's fussy or tired.


Asked by Gnuineblnde at 1:11 PM on Apr. 15, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • usually babies eat every 2-3 hours 2-4 oz of formula. you will be able to tell if he/she spits up alot. If she spits up alot of after a feeding you could be feeding him/her to much. And on your next check up you can weigh the baby and the docter should be able to tell you.

    Answer by faithsMoM27 at 1:14 PM on Apr. 15, 2009

  • You need to ask your pedi.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:11 PM on Apr. 15, 2009

  • If she's not spitting up after a feeding, she's fine. Feed on much, as often as she wants.

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 1:12 PM on Apr. 15, 2009

  • She will let you know when she is full. My daughter came home on 4 oz and went to 6 at about 7 weeks. If you notice she is vomiting a lot then cut back or if she is just letting it rest in her mouth then cut back. Each baby is different and it will change a million times. She may do it now and then wont eat more than 3 in a week.

    Answer by brailynsmama08 at 1:12 PM on Apr. 15, 2009

  • That's way too much, your overfeeding your baby. Be very careful with this as formula is a trigger to obesity already, and teaching them to eat well after theyre full will make bad eating habits as well.

    They need about an ounce an hour. So if your feeding her on a three hour schedule, give her three ounces. Do that for two weeks and if she has 6+ wet diapers a day and a poopy diaper every couple days, then that's all she needs. If her diapers are less than that, bump it up an ounce and see if that helps the diaper count.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:08 PM on Apr. 15, 2009

  • You are not over feeding her if she is not spitting up a lot. Im guessing that the PP is breastfeeder as she is bashing formula. It does not trigger obesity. With that said, try feeding her 3-4 oz and take the bottle away, burp her, and see how she acts. If she still seems hungry then give her some more. If you are still worried then talk to your pedi. Each baby is different and will eat a different amount. Some babies require more than others. My DD was all over the place with eating. She was probably eating 4-5 ozs every 3 hours when she was that young. You might also talk to the pedi about ways to thicken the formula. Or maybe you might try to change the formula.

    Answer by Williamswifey at 2:25 PM on Apr. 15, 2009

  • Actually yes, formula does put children at higher risk for obesity. This is because FF babies are often OVERFED, and encouraged to finish the entire bottle. It's an easy habit to form with infants since they love sucking so much. They'll keep on sucking just because they have that reflex even after their full.

    This forms very bad eating habits from the very beginning.

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:49 PM on Apr. 15, 2009