How much formula your baby needs


Normally, babies eat when they are hungry and stop when they are full. The formula-fed babies are heavier than breastfed babies. The appetite varies among babies, and each baby's nutritional needs changes from time to time. If you follow the basic guidelines and check in regularly with the doctor, everything will be on track.

It is recommended not to give your baby more than 32 ounces of formula in a day. Once he starts eating solids, you need to cut back on the amount of formula you feed him. With the help of growth charts, your baby's doctor can tell you where your baby falls on and help make sure he's growing steadily and getting a healthy amount of formula. Feed the baby with 2.5 ounces of formula per pound of body weight each day, in the first 4-6 months as your baby isn't eating any solids. This is an overall average for what your baby is likely to require. Also, the baby’s daily feedings will vary according to his individual needs as he may want a bit more on some days and a bit less on others.
Crying is a late sign of hunger. Normally, babies cry when they are hungry. The earlier signs to watch for include smacking her lips or sucking, putting her hands to her mouth and rooting. But, your baby may be less hungry if she is not feeling well. When your baby finishes the feeding quickly and looks around for more, it is a hint that the baby needs more. But, always make formula in a small quantity so that it does not get wasted.

But, crying may not be the reason for hunger, especially if you have recently fed her. Vomiting after a feeding may be a sign that your baby had too much. Spitting up is normal. Tummy pain after a feeding can also be a sign of overfeeding.
There are signs that your baby's getting all the formula she needs. The most important sign is that the baby gains weight after first 2 weeks and maintains the same growth rate over a year. Also, she seems satisfied and relaxed after feeding. She wets more frequently when the feeding is in right amount. If you are worried that your baby is over-fed or under-fed, you can talk with your baby’s doctor. The doctor can check the baby’s growth rate and weight and prescribe necessary improvements and medications.