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My son is three wks old, how many ounces should he be eating during a feeding?

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babymomma101110

Asked by babymomma101110 at 12:02 AM on Nov. 4, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Depends!! I breast feed and pumped. When he ate a pumped milk bottle it was only 2 oz for a while
    jbond83

    Answer by jbond83 at 12:05 AM on Nov. 4, 2010

  • 2.5 ounces per pound of weight per day. And remember, his stomach is the size of his fist, so, a few ounces every 1.5 to 2 hours is normal.
    BradenIsMySon

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 12:05 AM on Nov. 4, 2010

  • DId not your Doctor telll you these things?
    kerp1960

    Answer by kerp1960 at 12:07 AM on Nov. 4, 2010

  • If your nursing then nurse him on demand and to his content. If you are formula feeding then make a four ounce bottle and feed him what he wants, wait until he gets fussy again change his diaper, makes sure he isn't cold or too warm, cuddle him and if nothing else seems to be wrong, make him another four ounce bottle.
    MamaRoberts

    Answer by MamaRoberts at 12:10 AM on Nov. 4, 2010

  • Four ounces is too much for any 3 week old. My fist size will barely hold 4 ounces. I doubt his can. You always start small and add to if needed.

    And if you are nursing, you feed on demand..it is different. You count diapers, not ounces. 6 wet diapers a day is optimum.
    BradenIsMySon

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 12:13 AM on Nov. 4, 2010

  • 2 oz ??
    Not much as their tummies are very tiny at this point.
    Roadfamily6now

    Answer by Roadfamily6now at 12:17 AM on Nov. 4, 2010

  • My daughter will be 4 weeks tomorrow, she takes 4 ounces, however she does not eat every two hours she goes about 3.5 to 4.5 hours between feedings. Her doctor says that is fine. It would be to much if you feed them every two hours. Also, she doesn't spit up, a lot of times babies will spit up if they are eating to much. It really depends on your baby and how often they eat. My baby was taking 2.5 ounces before we were released from the hospital.

    sheloveearth

    Answer by sheloveearth at 12:34 AM on Nov. 4, 2010

  • If you are formula feeding then make a four ounce bottle and feed him what he wants.


     


    Bradenismyson apparently does not read. Obviously four ounces is probably a little much, that was the point. He will eat what he wants, you will have to throw away the rest.

    MamaRoberts

    Answer by MamaRoberts at 12:54 AM on Nov. 4, 2010

  • Usually around 4-6 oz every 4 or 5 hours, but every baby is different, and it depends on if you are "feeding on demand" or "Schedule feeding" my advice.. feed on demand, I have 2 babies and have always fed on demand, it's just natural you know, when they are hungry they eat.. but remember, just because they are chewing on their hands does not mean they are hungry, babies sometimes need an oral fixation, like a pacifier,or thumb whichever you choose. They will let you know when they get hungry.
    WhitneyMommyOf2

    Answer by WhitneyMommyOf2 at 2:55 AM on Nov. 4, 2010

  • @MamRoberts: Why be tempted to overfeed by having it in the bottle? And why throw away so much?

    @WhitneyMommyOf2: Eating 4 ounces and going 5 hours between feeds is going against nature. Babies aren't designed to eat that way, we as a society have been conditioned to think like that. Baby is only going that long because that formula is sitting forever not digesting in it's stomach. It's because of this that most breastfeeding moms think they don't make enough milk when in fact they actually do. BUT, BM is digested almost immediately and they only drink a few ounces or less at a time anyway, so, they have a tendency to eat all the time.
    BradenIsMySon

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 8:05 AM on Nov. 4, 2010

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