Parents Often Ask – How Much and How Frequently Should I Feed my Baby?
How Much and How Frequently Should I Feed my Baby?
When working out how much and how frequently to feed your baby, ignore any recommendations that suggest a magic number of ounces per feed, or number of feeds per day. Such an approach will likely make you feel inadequate as a parent and increases your baby’s risk of undernutrtion or obesity
There are two more appropriate ways to answer this question:
- Your baby should drink as much or as little as s/he requests each feed. Get to know your baby’s hunger and fullness cues/behaviors. If you feed your baby when s/he’s hungry and stop the feed when s/he’s full, you are more than likely providing the perfect amount of nutrition.
- Your pediatrician or family doctor will monitor your baby’s growth. If baby is growing well, then you are feeding the right amount.