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How many ounces should my 6 month old be drinking?

Hello! My baby is 6 and a half months old. He is 20 lbs, and 28 inches. I'm trying to figure out when I should start increasing his ounces. He's drinking 5 oz at a time. he still eats about every 2 hours.. So i thought maybe it was time to increase? Any input is greatly appreciated!

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Asked by miranda_nichols at 9:20 AM on Aug. 10, 2011 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Have you asked your ped? When my daughter was 6 months she was taking 24 ounces of formula/day and starting to eat some table foods. The ped said that was the minimum she wanted her drinking, but since we didn't have an issue with a maximum I'm not sure if there even is one (although I've heard that some people say it's around 32 ounces?).

    Answer by missanc at 9:25 AM on Aug. 10, 2011

  • Wow! my 5 week old drinks 4 oz. every 3-4 hours. According to, a 6-9 month old should average 3-4 feedings a day with an average amount of 7-8 oz. per feeding. You have to really up the fluid amount!

    Answer by ILovemyPaulie at 9:26 AM on Aug. 10, 2011

  • If a 6-9 month old should have 4 feedings of 8 ounces, that's 32 ounces per day. If he's feeding every 2 hours, that's 6 times a day of 5 ounces each which equals 30 ounces. So instead of upping the amount, you're saying she should stay exactly the same?

    Answer by missanc at 9:31 AM on Aug. 10, 2011

  • at 10 months they say still 24-32 oz so im guessing in that frame

    Answer by Alcnic29 at 9:37 AM on Aug. 10, 2011

  • My 6 month old takes about 6 oz every 4 hrs

    Answer by Blessed_mom1102 at 9:42 AM on Aug. 10, 2011

  • My baby is definitely eating enough! He has his 3 meals a day of baby food. Then he just eats 5 oz every couple hours.. I want to up the amount, but even at 5 oz he spits up.. not a lot, or anything that bothers him.. But I am just afraid if I upped it to 7-8 oz, that he'd spit up a lot.. If he could hold the bottle (which he can if its really light) it'd be different, b/c he could just eat at his own pace. He won't start on table foods yet.. he doesn't want anything to do with chewing actual food. He also has to fall asleep to me feeding him a bottle, he won't take a pacifier.

    Comment by miranda_nichols (original poster) at 9:43 AM on Aug. 10, 2011

  • Your baby will let you know if he is still hungry. Don't worry so much about the ounces. Most bottle fed babied end up being overfed anyway because of people having too much concern of "must have so many ounces or else". I mean seriously...if you watched your intake that close counting calories like that you would be classified as having an eating disorder.

    Answer by ColleenF30 at 12:06 PM on Aug. 10, 2011

  • Look at big picture, not each bottle. Overall should get between 28-32 oz on average per day. Offer a bottle, burp offen as they can fill up quickly without their body realizing it and thus over eat (maybe why he's spitting up?). If he's not satisified, then offer another oz. I've found, if you offer a bottle, babies will generally finish it no matter how big (often becuase the care given encourages it even if baby doesn't want it)

    Answer by FLmommy0204 at 12:08 PM on Aug. 10, 2011

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