(Closed) How Much Milk Does Your Baby Drink?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper

How old are we talking?

Post # 7
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Blushing bee

My guy is a few days shy of 5 months.  He gets expressed milk while I’m at work and typically takes 6.5 – 7 oz a feeding.  Can go up or down a little, but that’s his norm.  He was taking 6 oz at his 4 month well visit and the doctor said that amount was about average.  You may want to try a 7 or 8 oz bottle and let him have what he wants til he’s full so you’ll have a better idea of what he needs.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

My baby girl is on formula, and she eats about 4 ounces. She’s a month and a half. She’s a big baby though, so she eats more than the chart says she should.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

At his 4 month well visit, pediatrician told us that DS (who gets pumped breastmilk) SHOULD be eating 6 oz at a sitting, and that sittings shoudl be about every 3 hours.

He never has. If he has his way, he’ll graze all day long at daycare- 3 oz here, 2 oz. an hour later… We’re trying to only feed him every 2.5 hours, and then he’ll often take closer to 5 oz. But pretty much never more than that. He’s a little over 5 months old now.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2008 - Oceanfront lawn and tent

Finn is 5 months old and RARELY takes more than 4 ounces for a feeding.  Usually it’s more like 2.5-3.5.  As your baby grows your breastmilk changes, so breastfed babies don’t require the volume that formula fed babies do.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper

At 5 months, Dirty Delete was drinking 4oz at a time, and took 20oz at daycare per day.  I always had five 20oz bottles pumped for her.  I pumped four bottles per day at work, another right before I went to bed, and caught up with any extra pumping on the weekend.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

At 5 months DS was drinking a 4 oz bottle per feeding at daycare.  At that time he would drink three 4oz bottles during the day at school. When nursing, I think he usually only drank about 3 oz or so because if I pumped right after I could usually get about 1 oz more but when he has access to me, he wants to nurse and does so more frequently than he takes a bottle so it makes sense that he will drink less when on the breast than bottle.

At 6 months he started wanting more milk per bottle and now his morning bottle is 6oz and his two afternoon bottles are 5oz each.  I should add that he is no longer gettting to nurse at night when he wakes so that mid-morning bottle at school is helping him catch up since he didn’t nurse at night.

Kellymom has a post about how much expressed milk your baby needs.  It may be a better calculator for you than one for formula.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee

She drinks 2oz right now. She’s 1wk old.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

my son is 8 weeks and drinks about 4-5 ounces of breast milk. so just a little less than the formula chart.

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