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Infant Care (up to 18 months old) Message Board

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Our peditrician uses a rule of thumb on how much to feed a baby based upon its weight. I'd tell you that rule, but I don't believe in it. He also says that whatever age they are, they shouldn't drink more than 32 ounces a day.

I don't track how much formula we use. I feed him on demand and I feed him as much as he wants. But, I do try to make sure he doesn't eat too fast and we get a burping in about half way through. Our pediatrician says it takes a formula fed baby longer to realize that its stomach is full than a breastfeed baby, so you have to be careful not to feed them too fast.

My first child drank more than the 32 ounces. But she was average weight so I didn't worry. Even if she had been a bit more than average, I wouldn't have worried because it is true that they only eat what they need. So perhaps she just needed more than the standard rules provide for.

I usually make a 4 ounce bottle for my 2 month old. If he drains it and still seems unhappy after a bit (I take my time burping him) then I get him some more - about an ounce or two more. Sometimes he drains it and he is cuing to me that he wants more right away, so I don't make him wait. Usually he breathes really fast or he turns his head to the side repeately to let me know he's still hungry.

With my daughter we had problems with "grazing" so we had to keep each bottle out for the entire hour that it's good for in case she needed a top off or two. It was a real pain because she might eat 2 ounces of the bottle at first and then 15 minutes later want another ounce and 15 minutes later another, and so on. I just let her do it because it didn't seem to harm her at all and she was getting the amount of food in the amounts and timing she needed.

So, basically, listen to your little one regarding how much to feed and when.

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