Bottle feeding breast milk or formula feed is much the same as breastfeeding?it should be fed on demand. During the first few days it is normal for your baby to demand short but frequent feeds. It's normal during the first few days for your baby to lose a little weight, but it's quickly regained after about ten days.
Newborns only need a very small amount of formula feed. The amount/volume of each feed will also gradually increase until you begin weaning. During weaning the frequency and number of each feed will start to decrease.
The average feeding amounts based on age are:
- 1 to 2 weeks: The approximate single feed volume during this time is 50 to 70 ml or 2 to 3 oz. 7 to 8 feeding sessions a day is good.
- 2 to 6 weeks: The approximate single feed volume during this time is 75 to 110 ml or 3 to 4 oz. During this time your baby may feed between 6 and 7 times a day.
- 2 months: The single feed volume during this time is usually between 110 ml and 180 ml, or 4 to 6 oz each day. Feeding sessions may be 5 or 6 times a day.
- 3 months: Feeding volume at this age is 170 ml to 220 ml, or 6 to 7 oz. 5 feeding sessions a day is normal during this time.
- 6 months: The approximate single feed volume during this time is 220 ml and 240 ml, or 7 to 8 oz. Feeding sessions may be 4 times a day by this time.
- After six months your baby may have already or can now start on solid foods.
Babies don't always drink the same amount of fee each time. Remember to let your baby stop when he has had enough rather than forcing him to empty the bottle each time.
In hotter summer months your baby will become thirsty between feeds. Always have boiled and cooled water on hand to quench his thirst.