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How much should a newborn eat?

My daughter will be 2 weeks on Thursday and is formula fed. She eats an ounce to an ounce and a half every 2 1/2 or 3 hours. I'm worried this isn't enough. She tends to fall asleep when eating and though I try to wake her it seems impossible.


Asked by hornz102485 at 8:45 PM on Aug. 10, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • my 2 week old daughter never eats the same amount. she eats every 3-4 hours and sometimes its a ounce and sometimes it's 5 ounces. your baby knows how hungry they are

    Answer by aliishott2 at 10:29 PM on Aug. 10, 2010

  • mine were breastfed but have u tried undresing her and and all to wake her? is she gaining weight? she should start increasing her intake soon.

    Answer by VDietrich at 8:47 PM on Aug. 10, 2010

  • I desperately wanted to breastfeed but am not able to with the blood pressure medicine I have to take.

    Comment by hornz102485 (original poster) at 8:50 PM on Aug. 10, 2010

  • I think it is 2 1/2 oz for each pound. If she weighs seven pounds she should be eating around 17 to 18 oz in 24 hours. Call your pediatrician they will tell you.


    Answer by mommom2000 at 8:58 PM on Aug. 10, 2010

  • Lol my daughter was born 9lbs 1oz.

    Comment by hornz102485 (original poster) at 9:00 PM on Aug. 10, 2010

  • an ounce of formula doesnt seem like enough..i feed my 2wk old daughter 2-3 oz every 3-4hrs. i would ask ur doctor-if she is gaining enough weight. u may have to switch to a diff formula to get her to gain a lil weight if she isnt gaining..GL

    Answer by JaydnsMom22 at 9:01 PM on Aug. 10, 2010

  • my daughter is 2 weeks and she eats 2-3oz every 2 to4 hours but most of the time it is pretty much 3 oz every 3 hours..

    Answer by randilinn at 10:17 PM on Aug. 10, 2010

  • My DD was the same weight when she was born. :) I had to give her formula a few times due to jaundice, and I think in the 2nd week, I was giving her 1-2 oz a feeding. I just went with what my pediatrician told me to give her.

    Answer by Journey311 at 10:48 PM on Aug. 10, 2010

  • You can take blood pressure meds and breastfeed, they are not contraindicated. See the American Academy of Pediatrics website. It's not too late to breastfeed. You can call a LLL Leader for help. They give phone help for free.

    A good breastfeeding website is

    It's ideal to not have to take meds. I became ill while pregnant with my youngest and ended up having to take 10 meds at a time while breastfeeding him. I also had IV antibiotics, steroids, gamma globulin, electrolytes, and other drugs. I had to take meds the whole 2+ years he bf.


    Answer by Gailll at 11:26 PM on Aug. 10, 2010