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Old 11-21-2012, 04:59 PM   #8
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Re: 3 months old - how much per day?

Originally Posted by mayasmomma View Post
I agree with feed on demand. Don't make up a huge bottle, somewhere around the 4 oz range is probably about right. You can make bottle feeding closer to like breast feeding by holding them close and watching their cues. If they pull off - don't force the nipple back in. It's easy to over feed a baby with a bottle. It might take you a week or so to figure it out but you'll know from watching their cues soon. Good luck!
Yes, this. Start with a 4 oz bottle, but have prepared water and formula powder ready so that you can make up another 2 oz if that doesn't satisfy. Some babies want to eat 3-4 oz at a time, every couple of hours. Others want 5 - 6 ounces every 3 -4 hours. You'll start to figure out your baby's preference in about a week. The general rule of thumb is to expect baby to eat between 2 and 2-1/2 oz. of formula per lb of body weight each day. (so, for example, a 15 lb baby usually eats between 30 and 35 oz. total (or about a quart, if you buy ready-mixed formula) in a day. If baby is consistently eating much more or less than this, check with the doctor.

Once baby gets used to formula, you'll probably find that he stays full longer, and will gradually ease into wanting to eat every 3-1/2 to 4 hours.
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