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Bottle Feeding: How Much, How Often

Your Bottle Feeding Routine
-- By Becky Hand, Licensed and Registered Dietician

As a general guide, your baby will drink about 3 ounces of formula plus their age in months every three to four hours. Use the following chart as a guide:

Age Amount of formula in ounces Number of feedings each day Total amount of formula per day in ounces
Birth to 3 weeks 2-4 Every 2-3 hours 16-24
3 weeks to 2 months 4-6 Every 3-4 hours 21-24
2 to 6 months 5-8 Every 3-4 hours 24-32
6 to 9 months 6-9 Every 4 hours 24-32
9 to 12 months 7-9 Every 4-6 hours 28-32

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Member Comments About this Article
"Powdered formula is not sterile and can lead to serious and sometimes fatal illness in infants. Please use hot water (over 70 degrees C or 158 F ) and allow the formula to cool before feeding baby. Or use the pre-mixed kind that is sterile. If you choose or have to bottle feed please follow the directions on the can- they recommend using hot water not for the bacteria in the water but to kill the bacteria in the formula.

Here is a link from the CDC

"It is not typically recommended to feed cereal from a bottle unless medically recommended for issues such as reflux. It sounds like overfeeding could be a risk and further discussions with your medical provider may be beneficial." -- TONKA_14
"I have a little man who is three months old now and he seems to eat soo much. I have tried to breastfeed exclusively but it's not working out that way. At one or two feedings a day he will eat probably 5oz from the breast (this is a guess for that's what I express from both breasts while at work at a time) and then another three to five of formula. I called the doc and he suggested I start him off whith the rice cereal in the bottle 1Tbsp per 4oz of formula or breastmilk no more than twice a da..." -- NEUWNA_KRIS
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About The Author
Becky Hand
Becky is a registered and licensed dietitian with almost 20 years of experience. She teaches prenatal classes and counsels individuals, helping women eat right and stay fit before, during and after their pregnancies.
Becky Hand


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