Asked by Anonymous at 11:46 AM on Jan. 26, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)
Answer by piwife at 11:49 AM on Jan. 26, 2010
As much as he or she wants. Just feed your baby on demand and watch for cues that she's full. My son never had a bottle, so I couldn't count ounces. Your baby will let you know how much is enough. :)
Answer by PhilsBabyMama at 11:51 AM on Jan. 26, 2010
Answer by Gailll at 11:53 AM on Jan. 26, 2010
Answer by Gailll at 11:56 AM on Jan. 26, 2010
Answer by piwife at 11:58 AM on Jan. 26, 2010
Answer by Zakysmommy at 12:06 PM on Jan. 26, 2010
Gaill- I disagree. Women should trust in their baby's ability to know how much is enough, and not depend on counting ounces, as babies' needs change as they grow and develop.
This is from Dr. Sears:
Know when to quit. Babies know when they've had enough. Avoid the temptation to always finish the bottle. If baby falls into a deep sleep near the end of the feeding, but has not finished the bottle, stop. Often babies fall into a light sleep toward the end of the bottle, but continue a flutter- type of sucking. They have had enough to eat, but enjoy a little "dessert" of comfort sucking. Remove the bottle and allow baby to suck a few minutes on your fingertip.
Answer by PhilsBabyMama at 12:08 PM on Jan. 26, 2010
Answer by Gailll at 12:10 PM on Jan. 26, 2010
The example Dr.Sears gives also refers to overfeeding. He says if the baby is comfort sucking to remove the bottle and allow baby to suck on your finger. If that satisfies the baby, obviously baby isn't hungry anymore. If it doesn't then baby is still hungry and should be fed. The problem with giving a set number of ounces is that baby IS likely to be overfed or underfed because mom is more worried about the baby eating the amount she's "supposed" to, rather than watching the baby and looking for signs that she's had enough.
Answer by PhilsBabyMama at 12:28 PM on Jan. 26, 2010
This is from La Leche League. Again, baby knows how much to eat:
One additional step may ensure that the baby doesn't overeat: Before you believe he is full, slip the bottle from his mouth and rest it against his lips as you did at the start of the feeding. He may eagerly and immediately gape for it. As soon as he does, give it back. After another 10 or so swallows, repeat. This is your way of asking him, "Would you like more?" His answer will change through the feed from "Yes," to "Perhaps," to "No."
Answer by PhilsBabyMama at 12:29 PM on Jan. 26, 2010
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