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How Much Formula? How Often?

Not all babies are the same and appetites vary from baby to baby. Young babies may want to feed more frequently, whereas older babies may have less feeds yet drink more formula at one time.

How Much Infant Formula?

  • Look at the guide on the can. Remember, it’s normal for some babies to drink more or less than this
  • Make one bottle up a time
  • Feed your baby when they’re hungry. They will usually let you know when they need to be fed; this is known as ‘demand feeding’. Signs of hunger include stirring, opening their mouth and crying
  • Offer them a little more, if they finish a feed and still seem hungry
  • Never force your baby to finish a bottle. Be aware of signs that your baby is full, such as turning their head away from the bottle, becoming unsettled or fussing
  • As your baby grows, the amount of milk needed also changes.

How Often?

  • For newborn babies, offer a bottle of formula at least every 3-4 hours
  • Babies around 1 month old may have up to 8 feeds a day, and as they get older this will become less frequent. For example, a 6 month old may have closer to 5 feeds a day
  • Your baby may need to be fed more often during growth spurts, which are common at weeks 3 and 6.

If you’re unsure about the amount of formula you are giving your baby, contact your Healthcare professional.


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