How Much Are Your 4 Month Olds Eating

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ImpatientMommy - October 16

My daughter will be 4 months on October 26th. We always put 5 oz. in her bottle, well we probably started that like 3 or 4 weeks ago. She is always satisfied after the 5 oz. and eats every 3 hours on the dot, sometimes like 10 or 15 minutes longer. Since she was going that long without eating I figured 5 oz. was good for now. Well yesterday my husband made 2 bottles for his mother because she was going to watch the baby but she didn't end up using those bottles so I went to heat one up this morning to use it and I noticed it felt heavier, but I had already shook it up so it was hard to see how much was in it. I asked my husband and he said he put 6 oz. in it. I gave it to her, she took it all, and as I write this it's been just about 3 1/2 hours since her last bottle and she seems fine. But 10 minutes ago I heated up the 2nd bottle he made, anticipating her wanting one soon, and I noticed ther was SEVEN oz. in it. Now I'm all paranoid he didn't put enough powder in it for 7 oz. since he thought he put 6 oz. in it. But I'm pretty certain the bottle I gave her this morning was also 7 oz. So should I try to give her 6 or 7 for now on instead of 5 since she seems to have no problem taking it and it going longer in between feedings? Is this too much? How much is everyone else's little ones eating at this age? I've heard people say that babies know when they don't want to eat anymore and they'll stop taking it or will refuse the bottle when they are full and then I hear people say that they don't know when to stop eating and they'll just keep sucking because they like to suck. Does anyone know if they know when to stop eating or not? Because I don't want her to overeat and take the 6 or 7 oz. just because it's there ya know?


mommybabyboy21 - October 16

Well I bf and ff. He will eat off me first and then I will offer him a bottle of 4 oz....sometimes he finishes it completely and sometimes he only drinks 1/2 but he always refuses it when he is full. Oh and my nephew who is only ff...I watch him sometimes...and when I make his bottle I put 6 oz of water in it but when I mix the formula the bottle says it has 7 oz in it I think the formula makes the water expand. But even my nephew stops eating when he is full and we always offer them a bit more then we expect for them to finish and they both go 4 hours between feedings...


ImpatientMommy - October 16

hmm that's interesting what you say about when you put the water in it'll say 6 but when you put the formula in it'll say 7. Is this true even have all the bubbles and stuff have settled because the last one I looked at had settled and everything there was just liquid and it was still at the 7 line. The next bottle I am going to make 6 and see if the same thing happens. I was all paranoid my husband didn't put enough powder but it didn't look watery or anything.


JerseyGirl - October 16

Once you add formula, the water level rises. So yes, if you've put 6 ounces of water (and 3 scoops of formula), the line will go near the 7-ounce mark. My DS is 4 months old (and 3 days) and is eating a 6.5-ounce bottle in the morning when he wakes and then three 6-ounce bottles the rest of the day. He sleeps from about 9pm until 6 or 7, and has his first bottle of the day at 8am. So between that and his betime, there's only enough time to feed him 4 times. He generally finishes his bottles, but definitely won't if he's not hungry. And I came to that 6.5-ounce morning bottle by chance: he had slept like 11 hours one night, and in the AM I figured he must be hungry so I made his regular 5.5-ounce bottle and he finished it. I made another 1-ounce bottle and he finished that too. So ever since then, I've just made a 6.5-ounce bottle and he takes it. I say make an extra ounce and see if she takes it. She may surprise you!


JerseyGirl - October 16

By the way, she won't overeat; if she's not hungry, she simply won't take it.


ImpatientMommy - October 17

Yeah I think we're definitely going to give her atleast 6 oz. because she's been taking 6 all yesterday and this morning and she's been going like 3 1/2 hours to 4 hours between a bottle.


wanny - October 26

BABIES WILL OVEREAT. My baby will eat twice as much as what satisfies her to the point that she will throw it up. She will even do this when I b___stfeed her. I don't think most babies do this but I know that my pediatrician told me my baby may be overeating and since decreasing her feedings amount, she has stopped spitting up all the time. Pay attention to if she spits up after taking the bigger feeding. If so, then it's too much.


DDT - October 26

At 4 months a baby will not over-eat. Younger than that...yes some do. You know if they are over-eating when they spit up or puke up a lot of milk right after they have eaten...or it kinda runs out of their mouth as their drinking. If your baby pulls away from the bottle when she's done then you know she is full. My ds never over-ate. At 4 months he wasn't eating 6oz though...he ate that much only at 5-6 months old with 4-5 bottles a day. At 4 months he was eating 4-5oz. Every baby is different though and it's difficult to compare. Also, my ds was 16lbs at 4 months...a big boy.


eclectic66 - October 27

My ds is 13 weeks and has been eating 6 oz every 3 hours since around 11 weeks. Before that it was 5.5 oz every 3 hours, but during a growth spurt he can eat up to 7.5 or 8 oz every 3 hours! He has always eaten a lot though bc he's a big boy.


mlm056 - October 27

Hi, my ds is 4 mths -- he takes btn 6-8oz every 4hours... he definitely tells me when he has had enough by pushing the bottle away, and if he hasn't had enough -- I hear about it with his great set of lungs! Guess every baby is different.



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