Is This Enough Formula For A 5 Month Old

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ImpatientMommy - November 19

My daughter will be 5 months on the 26th and for quite awhile she's been having 5 bottles a day, 6 oz. each. I think today is her 6 or 7th day with just 4 bottles. And before that for about 2 weeks she'd have 4 on some days and 5 on some days but now it's been pretty consistent with just 4, she'll sleep through her 5th bottle and sleep all night until the morning. Is 24 oz. a day enough for a 5 month old? Because I thought it should be around 30 which she was getting when she was having 5. I don't think this is because she has oatmeal after her 4th bottle because we don't give her oatmeal everyday and she has slept through her 5th bottle on days she doesn't have oatmeal. Is this okay for her to have just 4 or should I really try to give her 5?


wailing - November 19

This is what is on the American Academy of Pediatrics website..... "The American Academy of Pediatrics, in the book Your Baby's First Year, provides a nice guideline and suggests that 'on average, your baby should take in about 2 1/2 ounces of formula a day for every pound of body weight.' So for an average 3 month old baby boy who weighs 13 pounds, that would be about 32 1/2 ounces a day"----Hope this helps


ImpatientMommy - November 19

Whooooooooa... that'd mean she would be having 42.5 oz. a day!!!! If we went according to that then we're way off! Is everyone's little one's eating according to this standard!? Now I'm worried! She ended up having her 5h bottle today so she ate 30 oz.


ImpatientMommy - November 19

She goes like 4 or 4 1/2 hours between bottles before she even wants one at all soooo doesn't that mean she's eating enough? She'd be getting hungry a lot faster if she wasn't eating enough right?


JerseyGirl - November 20

IMPATIENT: The answer to your question is "yes." If she wasn't eating enough, she'd tell you she's hungry. I've always been so a___l-retentive about this. I also did the mathematical formula that says multiply baby's weight by 2.5 and you get the # of ounces they should eat in a day. That definitely worked when my DS was younger (he was 5 months on the 13th - same age as your DD), but now it doesn't work. I'm not sure when to "stop" using that formula, but I just don't anymore. Listen, if your DD is gaining weight and the dr. isn't concerned, you shouldn't be either. My DS only eats 4 times a day, and at two of those feedings, gets a fruit or rice cereal. He hardly ever finishes a bottle these days, and on average, eats 25 ounces in a day. He's on an eating schedule 8am, 12pm, 4pm & 8pm (give or take), and won't eat more than that. He sleeps from about 9pm until 6:30am. Good luck!


mlm056 - November 20

Impatient -- my ds will be 5 months on the 28th -- the mathematical formula doesn't work for him -- not too worry. He does take 5 bottles -- btn 6-8oz -- now that he has rice with one feeding-- his formula intake is down slightly. As Jerseygirl said -- your DS will let you know when she is hungry!!



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