How often and how much should my infant (the first month) be feeding?

Again, the most important thing to remember is that there is no magic number that someone can tell you how much your baby should be feeding.  Be aware of what your baby’s needs – you are the best judge of how much and how often your baby should be feeding.

At 10 days, many babies are taking about 2 ounces per feeding about every 2-3 hours or 8 – 12 times every 24-hours.  With each day however, you may find that your baby is becoming a little more aware and may want to eat a little more during some of her feedings, and decrease the number of times a day that she will eat.

Between 2-4 weeks, you may find that your baby is interested in eating every 4-5 hours or 6-8 times every 24 hours.  The amount per bottle may range between 2-4 ounces depending on your baby, so be aware of your baby’s needs and not so much on the number on the bottle.  But, it is during this time that you will probably see a steady increase in the amount that your baby is taking each day.

By the end of the first month, your baby should be receiving an average of 24 ounces per day.

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