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How Much Formula Does a Baby Need?

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  • Babies eat different amounts at each feeding. Generally, 2.5 to 3 ounces for every pound of body weight per day is the norm. For example, a 7 pound newborn will take approximately 17.5-21 ounces of formula per day. Please remember that this is an approximation.
  • Observe for your baby’s feeding cues: rooting, crying, and bringing hands to mouth.
  • Feed your baby when he/she seems hungry, burp your baby, and then attempt to feed again. Babies stop eating when they have a gas bubble, but once they are burped, they usually continue the feeding.
  • The frequency of feeds tends to decrease as the baby gets older and begins consuming more formula with each feeding.
Average Infant Formula-Feeding Guidelines

(Guidelines obtained from Similac)



Average # of Feeds in 24 hrs.

Average amount per Feeding (in fluid oz)

Average Amount per Day (in fluid oz)

1-2 weeks
3-4 weeks 6-8 3-4 18-32
1-2 months 5-6 4-5 20-30
2-3 months 5-6 5-6 25-36
3-4 months 4-5 6-7 24-35
4-7 months 4-5 7-8 28-40
7-9 months 3-4 7-8 21-32
9-12 months 3 7-8 21-24




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