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How much formula should my four month old be eating?

Alright so my daughter eats about every three to four hours and eats 8oz or more. Sometimes I stop her and give her a pacifier because when she eats more then 8oz. she ends up spitting up A LOT no matter how much I burp her. So I feel like she's eating too much, but then sometimes she only eats 4oz. So what's the recommended amount? I already asked a doc. and they said to not limit her and let her eat whenever she wants and as much as she wants. But I don't feel comfortable with that. What's everyone's opinion?

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Asked by Anonymous at 6:55 PM on Dec. 16, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • dang when my dd was that old she only ate 4

    Answer by butterscotch297 at 7:04 PM on Dec. 16, 2008

  • I know she's a hungry baby and the doc. says maybe she's going through a growth spurt, but my goodness! I can't afford all this formula.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:08 PM on Dec. 16, 2008

  • 4 months? Ask your Dr. If you can try some rice cereal in her bottle (don't forget to get a different nipple) This would help to satisfy her a little more. She will probably go longer between feedings and it would reduce the amount of formula that you need. About 1-2 tablespoons in an 8 oz bottle. Your Dr. might even have you try to start her on a thicker cereal mixture.

    Answer by cristie1276 at 7:19 PM on Dec. 16, 2008

  • Maybe don't wait until she is really hungry, try to anticipate when she will be hungry and feed her then. She may really hungry and then be chugging the bottle. Just like adults, she needs to take a little time to eat so that she knows when she is full. If she is spitting up a lot then she is eating too much at once. Best of luck!

    Answer by kboney29 at 9:22 PM on Dec. 16, 2008

  • well don't feel 2 and a half month old is already eating 6 oz or more at a time.So i understand. Although i would try cereal. Its supposed to fill them up more. its better to feed her with a spoon but you can put it in a bottle and they have cereal nipples. start out with rice cereal.

    Answer by amyj661 at 4:27 PM on Dec. 17, 2008

  • If you're gonna give cereal, give it from a spoon, not a bottle. Babies can choke on it, bottles are for LIQUID not FOOD. My four month old eats 6 oz at just about every feeding which is every 3-4 hours. I give him cereal from a spoon about an hour after he has his morning bottle. He seems to stay fuller longer.

    Answer by heatherann0221 at 11:57 PM on Dec. 17, 2008

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