How much milk should my bottle-fed baby be having?
The short answer is – all babies are different, there is no set schedule a baby should be sticking to each day, regardless if they are being breast or bottle-fed. You’ll soon get to know your own baby’s feeding pattern. It’s a learning process – for everyone, it doesn’t matter if it’s your 1st or 5th child!
A guide to the amount of formula milk your baby needs:
- 0-3months, 6-8 feeds a day, a total of 150mls per kg (2.5fl.oz per lb) per day
- 4-6months, 4-6 feeds a day, a total of 150mls per kg (2.5fl.oz per lb) per day
- 7-9months, 4 feeds a day, a total of 120mls per kg (2fl.oz per lb) per day *[includes fluids other than formula milk, like cooled boiled water]
- 10-12months, 3 feeds a day, a total of 110mls per kg (1.7fl.oz per lb) per day *[includes fluids other than formula milk, like cooled boiled water]
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Breastfeeding is best for babies as it is perfectly suited to nourish babies and protect them from illnesses such as ear infections, stomach upsets, diabetes, eczema and obesity. It is recommended that all formula milks be used on the advice of a doctor, midwife, health visitor, public health nurse, dietitian or pharmacist.