How Much Milk Should Baby Be Drinking?

In real life, this may vary quite a bit from day to day and from baby to baby. Remain flexible and let your baby's appetite guide how much milk they drink

Question

I was told to start feeding my 6-month-old son three meals a day. My concern with doing this is should I also still be giving him 32 oz. of formula/breast milk? Right now he eats dinner and four 8 oz. bottles a day.

Dr. Greene's Answer

Many parents share your concern. By the time that you are juggling multiple feedings and formula or breast milk, an uneasy feeling often develops that something is getting lost in the mix. When mealtime comes, which do you feed first, formula or solids? Or should the formula be given between meals, and how much?

How much milk? How often?

It all starts fairly simply:

  • Most healthy formula-fed newborns take 2 or 3 ounces of formula per feeding, and eat every 3 or 4 hours.
  • By one month of age, most have increased on their own to about 4 ounces every 4 hours.
  • By six months, the amount at each feeding has increased to 6 or 8 ounces, but the frequency has dropped to 4 or 5 times a day. By timing these larger feedings while you are awake, your baby often won’t need to eat in the middle of the night.

Another way to express this rule of thumb is that the average baby takes 2 or 3 ounces of formula each day for every pound of body weight, up to a maximum of 32 ounces. A newborn weighing 7 lbs. will take an average of 14-21 ounces of formula in a day. A 4-month-old weighing 14 pounds needs 28-32 ounces.

Nevertheless, these are general guidelines. In real life, this may vary quite a bit from day to day and from baby to baby. It’s best to remain flexible and to let your baby’s appetite guide the amount. You don’t need to coax him to finish a bottle, or stop him if he still acts hungry. If your baby consistently chooses to take more or less than the expected amount, discuss this with your pediatrician.

What about breastfeeding?

Moms who breastfeed are often worried because they can’t see or measure how much their babies are eating. Babies are born with a sophisticated mechanism that prompts them to nurse until they are full and to stop when their nutritional needs are satisfied. If a mother is not producing enough milk, a healthy baby will act hungry even after feeding and will not gain weight normally. The pediatrician should be called if there is concern.

What about starting solids?

When a baby is still hungry after 32 ounces or nursing 8-10 times, it may be time to start solid foods. Typically, this occurs sometime between 4 to 6 months of age.

There are several other indicators that your baby is ready to start solid foods. First, note that the AAP recommends breastfeeding as the sole source of nutrition for your baby for about 6 months. In addition, they advise that most babies are ready to start solid foods when they reach the following milestones:

  • They can sit in a high chair or feeding chair and hold their head upright.
  • They can open their mouths as food comes their way.
  • They can move food from their mouth to their throat.
  • They are approximately double their birth weight and over 13 pounds.

It’s usually best to start with solids once or twice a day, and to finish each meal with nursing or a bottle. Some babies prefer a little formula first to take the edge off their hunger. Babies can have as much of the solids as they want.

At this stage, most of the nutrition still comes from breast milk or formula. The solids provide wonderful experience with flavors, textures, and the mechanics of eating. As the amount of solids they take increases, most babies settle into a pattern of 3 meals of solids each day. The amount of formula tends to drop off a bit, but typically still falls in the range of 6 to 8 ounce bottles given 3 to 5 times a day. Most commonly, a smaller bottle (or half a bottle) is given with each meal and a larger one at bedtime. Some babies also enjoy a bottle first thing in the morning.

How much milk do older babies need?

An older baby can have up to 32 ounces of formula per day. In addition, he can have as much in the way of solids or water as he wants to supplement this. The mealtime formula is usually given at the end of the meals, to top off the solids in a comfortable and easy way. Even though the solids are now playing a larger role, the breast milk or formula still provides the core of the nutritional needs. If a baby begins to regularly take less than about 20 ounces per day, you might want to offer the bottle first and then solids.

Thirst is an extremely strong drive. As long as a baby’s own regulating mechanism isn’t tricked by getting too much juice or water, healthy babies will take enough formula or breast milk to meet their nutritional needs. This is one good reason not to put juice in the bottle.

Relax

Let your baby set the pace, but if he continues to consistently take more than 32 ounces or less than 20 ounces, run it by your pediatrician.

Within these broad guidelines, there is plenty of room for different preferences and schedules. Variety is part of life. Your baby and your own intuition are good guides through these exciting times.

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My baby is 5.5 months and has aversion to the milk. He only drinks it when is half a sleep and mainly in the nights. He is 17.5 pounds, 73cm and drinks 27 ounce of milk, but i have to force him if not he will not take any. Am i doing wrong forcing him? Dr has told me to try different formulas but i do not get an answer on what the minimun amount of milk should be a day.

Marita,

How discouraging for you.

As Dr. Greene says, “By six months, the amount at each feeding has increased to 6 or 8 ounces, but the frequency has dropped to 4 or 5 times a day.” That means at a minimum a baby that is six months old should get 24oz of formula per day. At the maximum, a six-month-old baby should get 40oz per day. 27 oz is on the low side, but still within a healthy range.

If your baby is not gaining weight or you just “feel he’s off” it’s wise to bring this up with his pediatrician.

I hope that helps.
Best, @MsGreene
Note: I am the co-founder of DrGreene.com, but I am not Dr. Greene and I am not a doctor. Please keep that in mind when reading my comments and replies.

Paul Cobacha,

Hi good day, my baby was two months old up to now, May I know if my baby can drink water at this age.
Was it good for baby to drink water even if she is in 2 months old.

Thank you very much

Paul,

Thanks for writing in.

Water is not recommended for babies. They should have their thirst quenched with breastmilk or formula. Giving baby water may decrease their appetite for milk and prevent them from getting all the nutrition they need.

I hope that helps.
Best, @MsGreene
Note: I am the co-founder of DrGreene.com, but I am not Dr. Greene and I am not a doctor. Please keep that in mind when reading my comments and replies.

My son is 9 months old and he still wakes up at night to eat every 2-3 hours. He will drink 4-6oz every two hours at night (during the day it’s 7-8oz). He eats solid food 3 times a day as meals and then some snacks. I feel like he eats way too much for his age. He’s just shy of 25lbs.

Any recommendations?

Hi Alessandra,

When a 9-month old baby consistently drinks more than 32 ounces of breast milk or formula a day, it’s a good idea to have him checked to figure out why. Something is driving this appetite. Beyond this, weighing 25 pounds is >95th percentile for 9-month-old boys. Depending on the length, head circumference, and growth curves so far, perhaps the rapid growth should be evaluated as well.

Best,
Dr. Greene

My baby is 9 months old and he drinks only 24 ounces of formula a day with one banana in a day and no other solid food at all… If i try to give him some solid food then he reduces his milk intak to 12 to 16 ounces…he is 17.5 pounds in weight….. Is this enough for him???

I am going thru the same thing and am also concerned and worried. But he is very active and playful.

Hi Riz,

It’s important that babies between 6 months and one year learn how to eat and enjoy solid food. If they miss this window, they are more likely to be picky eaters for the rest of their lives.

To understand a baby’s weight, it’s important to also know their length/height. In addition, it’s important to see how they are growing over time. Doctors track weight and lenght/height over time to see if a child is growing or if their growth is slowing or speeding up. Without that data, the weight alone doesn’t tell the whole story. Your child’s doctor will plot weight and length/height at each visit. You can ask her if your baby is growing at the proper rate or if she’s concerned. That’s a question all pediatricians can quickly and easily answer.

I hope that helps.
Best, @MsGreene
Note: I am the co-founder of DrGreene.com, but I am not Dr. Greene and I am not a doctor. Please keep that in mind when reading my comments and replies.

My son is going to be 6 months. He weights 20lbs. His doctor said he’s over weight and need to be feed only 4 ounces every 3 hours. My son cries a lot. He always has his thumb in his mouth, but his doesn’t do that after he’s been fed. Is that normal? Am I not giving him enough milk? Should I get a different opinion? Should I find him a different doctor?

You need to get a second opinion! Our doctor (35 years experience) told us babies are incapable of overeating.

Dear Nalee,

This is an interesting recommendation. Dr. Greene recommends, “By six months, the amount at each feeding has increased to 6 or 8 ounces, but the frequency has dropped to 4 or 5 times a day. By timing these larger feedings while you are awake, your baby often won’t need to eat in the middle of the night.” That would mean on the low side a baby would get 24 oz a day and on the high side, a baby would get 40 oz a day. Your doctor is suggesting 32 oz per day, which is halfway between the low and high that Dr. Greene recommends. Perhaps you could try feeding him more per feeding so he is satisfied, but less frequently, as Dr. Greene suggests at 6 months.

Also, are you putting rice cereal in the bottle? If so, your baby may have a suppressed satiety level — he’s hungry even when he’s technically had enough calories. This can lead to high weights and a baby that wants to keep eating after he’s had enough calories for his age.

I hope that helps.
Best, @MsGreene
Note: I am the co-founder of DrGreene.com, but I am not Dr. Greene and I am not a doctor. Please keep that in mind when reading my comments and replies.

My eight month old daughter is still breastfeeding but will mostly breastfeed, it is a hassle to feed her solids too. She refuses to eat her baby food and as far as bottles she’ll only drink 6oz no more no less. Should she be drinking more? and how do I get her to eat solid foods?

My daughter (baby number 2) is 15 weeks old and doesn’t drink close to the recommended guidelines of formula. Some days she drinks 2.5 ounces every three hours, others it’s 4 and other times she’s flat out refused milk.

My first (now 25 months) was the same. We took her to the GP, hospital, spoke to feeding experts, health visitors…you name it. It was so unhelpful to be told that you baby should be drinking x amount of formula every x amount of hours.

The doctor recently told us she needs at least 24 ounces a day and to wake her during the night but she simply doesn’t want it. She was born in the 25th percentile, jumped to 65th within the first few weeks and has since been hovering on the 50th.

The most helpful advice i’ve received to date is to offer baby feeds at regular intervals but not to force it or look at numbers. It’s my duty at the caregiver to offer feeds but not to make/force her feed.

Of course it’s important to speak to your doctor but if they’re having wet nappies and look well nourished then they’re probably fine.

I’ve been obsessed with numbers from the minute my first born refused to follow any sort of ‘usual’ feeding pattern. I spent a fortune on bottles, private doctors, formulas etc but the fact of the matter is, babies want what they want.

If they’re a healthy baby, they will drink what they need. My 15 week old drinks 17 ounces a day and is following the 50th percentile line on the growth chart.

She’s happy and healthy and not within the ‘normal’ range but what is normal? The fact that both my daughters have done this makes me feel like perhaps they are normal and the guidelines are just that.
They’re not set in stone.

So to anyone worrying or being told they’re under feeding their child when they spend every waking minute worrying about how much their baby will take at the next feed and is it ‘enough’, once you’ve ruled out an underlying health conditions and your baby seems healthy, go with the flow.

As long as baby is gaining weight and is happy and healthy, numbers don’t matter.

I have the same issue with my LO. She is almost 12 weeks and would only eat around 17 oz per day. It is so stressful for me since my first daughter was a great eater. Thank you for sharing your experience. It makes me little less anxious.

Sounds like great mom advice. We know our babies!

l have a 6 months baby.she takes only 150mls of breast milk per day however she drinks alot at night.

Should l be worried for the day consumption. Is it too little? she eats cereal in the morning and vegetable puree at lunch and milk later.

lm worried mayb she’s having less milk.
during weekends l try to breast feed her but she’s adapted nursery timetable.

Hi! I have a 10-month old son weighing 17.85lbs with a 28.74inches height. He’s tagged underweight by his pedia gaining 300grams a month since he’s 6mos old. I am mixed feeding formula and breastmilk with complementary solids. He takes about 8-10oz. of formula milk with 5-6 times of breastfeeding 10minutes each. Then about 2oz of solids. I’d like to ask for recommendations on how to help him gain weight. He is an extremely active baby.

Hi Marianne!
My son is 6 months old but is very big for his age. I just want to share our feeding schedule with you.
9am 6oz bottle
12pm 4oz bottle and 4oz of fruit
nap
3pm 6oz bottle
5pm 4oz bottle 4oz of veggie 2oz of rice cereal
nap
8pm 6oz bottle
11pm 6oz bottle
down for the night
Sometimes he will wake in the middle of the night and I will rock him to sleep.
I am studying online full-time and am able to work from home so I usually am up later and we sleep later but the times can be switched to match your needs.

Hi my baby is 5month and the doctor told me that his weight is very poor how many bottles of formula milk should I give him per day please help thank you

Hi my baby is 5month and the doctor told me that his weight is very poor how may bottles of formula milk should I give him per day please help thank you

Hi my daughter is almost 8 months old and shes been on the same eating schedule for 2 months now. She eats an 8 oz bottle when she wakes up and then she eats a 5 oz bottle and 1 jar of baby food for lunch and the same for dinner. She sleeps all through the night. I’m just wondering if thats not enough food for her? Her last check up was about 2 weeks ago and shes 20 pounds but when i told her the feeding schedule she acted like I dont feed my baby enough.

It seems like that isn’t enough
So really she only drinks 3 bottles a day?? A baby can eat 1 to 3oz of baby food to 3 times a day
And they could have 2-3 oz for every pound they weigh a day
So your baby is only drinking 18 oz of formula? And only 6 oz of food a day
I think 1 extra bottle would be good
My pediatrician said the baby food has. no nutritional value at this stage and all of their nutrients should come from formula or breast milk.
My son is 7 months old

Hello there, my baby is currently exclusively formula fed. She is almost 6 months old. I have not started her on formula yet, because she cannot dot unsupported. But this week she is able to sit in the highchair with no issues or sit with a nursing pillow around her. But she seems to still have the reflex where she just pushes food out of her mouth. She seems to be taking a lot of formula in the last 1-2 weeks. She takes 34-40 ounces a day. It says up to 32 ounces a day is normal. Should I try her on solids? She’s waking at night as well over the last few nights and has been sleeping through the night since she was only 2 months old and breastfed.

Hi Eden,

It sounds like it’s time to introduce solids, even if she pushes them back out. Don’t try to get her to eat more than she wants but tasting a variety of food is very important between six months and a year old.

Here is a link to Dr. Greene’s free Guide to Starting Solids. It’s very easy to follow.

I hope that helps,
Best, @MsGreene
Note: I am the co-founder of DrGreene.com, but I am not Dr. Greene and I am not a doctor. Please keep that in mind when reading my comments and replies.

Hii my daughter is 4 month old . She only eats 25 oz ( 20)oz breast milk and 5 oz formula so total is 25 for a day. Her weight is 14 pound . Although she is a happy girl. But i am worrying about is this amount is enough for her. What shall i do ??????
Please help me…

Hello,
My daughter is 3 months at the end of the month and unfortunately I am due back to work next month. I have been EBF from birth but this week I have decided to give her the bottle to see exactly how much she is drinking which I believe is 4oz each feeding every 3 hours. Having said that, I am pumping every 3 -4 hours in order to give her the next feeding but I am not getting 4oz; I am getting between 1.5-2.5 oz, So I am having to put her on my breast after whatever I do get to satisfy her. Does that mean my milk supply is low?

my baby boy is 10 month old when we bottle -fed him milk he started to have a runny tummy, what must i do

Emily what type of milk is in the bottle?

My baby is 7 months and does not take more than 5 ounces at a time that is she takes 5 ounces 5 times a day..is it something to worry?

My baby is four months and he eats 6oz of milk cereal half jar fruit for breakfast and for lunch 6oz bottle of milk half of veggies and half of fruit and fir dinner milk 60z half fruit half veggies and cereal. He dosent drink milk in between hes usually playing or sleeping is my baby getting enough milk?

When you say “milk” do you mean infant formula or breast milk? Not cow milk, right?

I have a question. My daughter will need to return to work in a month yet her five month old does not have a sleep routine that stays predictable. What does a typical 24 hour day of sleep eat and activity look like for a five month old?

My son will be 6 months in a week and we just introduced solids. He will have 1 jar every day to every other day.
3 oz bottle around 530 am and he’ll fall back to sleep. 4-5oz bottle at 830 am, nap at 1030 am.
5 oz bottle around 12 pm, nap at 2 pm.
5 oz bottle at 3 pm, short nap at 530 pm. (20 mins)
1 jar of veggies at dinner around 6 followed immediately with a
3 oz bottle. (But he’ll get a 5 oz if no solids).
Then he’ll have a 5 oz bottle around 930 pm if he wakes up. Sometimes I’ll give him a jar of apples for lunch instead of the dinner jar and I’ll just alter the amount of milk accordingly. Sorry so long… hope this helps!

my grand daughter is 15 months old and she was not introduced to solid food until she was approximately 10 months old. then it was only occasionally, not every day on a schedule. now when she turned 1 year the pediatrician told the parents she could eat whatever they were having. i watch her during the day and i’m very concerned. she puts food in her mouth but doesn’t swallow it she chews and spits it out. she is only drinking about 1 oz of milk and refuses juice or water. i have told the parents and they don’t seem concerned. i’m worried. she only wets 1 diaper while i’m there. i need some advice.

These kids today worry about nothing first I think the doctor waited to long to put her on solids I babysit my 6 month granddaughter about 30 hours a week she is now starting veggies and she eats cereal also no matter what we say to our children they think we’re to old fashion and they have to listen to doctors orders I have. Five sons that were born thank the lord strong healthy babies I listened to the doctor most of the time but I also dint agree on all that they said and did what I wanted to do because mother knows child best I think her parents should speak with the doctor and most of all they should invite you to go with them suggest it they don’t understand how much we worry and love the baby I wish you luck grandma

my baby is not taking bfeed as i expect ..wht should i do.he is 5 months old..its going on last 15 days..

Do it when he wants to sleep in a darker room and when he aweke offer him too.

I used a Lactation Consultant when I had trouble breastfeeding. Do you have them where you are? If so, they can give you specific advice after finding out what’s going on with you and your baby.

My baby was diagnosed with neonatal hyperthyroidism. He is one month and 17 days as of today. I was confused if its okay he will drink formula as per his demand and not by chart like the standard oz to follow?

My baby is 6 weeks old and is having 16 0z of formula for hungrier babys every 4 hours.is this normal.he was 5 weeks premature.

Hello everyone,

My baby has a loose (not so watery) stool – not so yellow and not even green with no smell, like twice or three times a day…and it has been going on for a while now. I have also observed that each time he is nursing is when he passes this ‘almost’ watery stool in bugger amounts, other times it is spotted, so to say…I have seen a pead over this, and advise me to just keep cool……is this normal? is this diarrhea? advise me

hi everyone
my 21 month old baby boy is anaemic rather horribly anaemic
doc says stop bottle feed n reduce milk by 80 Pc
but he is not ready to go to bed without milk n that too in the bottle
wht shd we do?

Aoa. Dr my son is 9 months old. He z taking 21-24 oz ov cow milk. He z not on breastfeeding since 3 month. I had introduced formula milk since 8 month. Bt i m giving only 5 oz ov formula milk. He z taking 4 time solids. He z not healthy but he z very active n tall. Z he ok? Wt should be his routine?
Morning 6 oz milk
9am 5 oz milk
12 am to 12.30 cerelac
3 pm 4 oz milk
5 pm khichdi
7 pm banana
8.30 to 9 clock 5 oz milk
10 clock custard or cerelac
Late night 6 oz milk

My dr said that formula should be the main source of food until the baby is 12 months old. You shouldn’t be giving him cows milk until after he’s 12 months old. He should take 2 to 3 ounces of formula for every pound he weighs.
So if he weighs 10 lbs he should eat a total of 20-30 ounces of formula in 24 hours. Usually babies eat every 4 hours or so. A little earlieror a little later is okay. But don’t feed him more than 32 ounces of formula in a day. If he seems hungry still give water, and if he’s 6 months old or older give pureed food once or twice a day in addition to the formula.

I’m a working mom, my Lo is 8 and half months, she only drinks 8 to 12 oz of formula (mostly 8 oz). She also takes solid 2 or 3 times a day of soft rice with mashed potato or squash. When I’m home, she is breastfeeding, I don’t know how much she drinks from me.
She really don’t want to drink her formula, even when I’m not home. Her current weight is 6.8kgs only, I’m giving her Similac Gain. Please help me to pull her weight to normal, any technique to increase her feeding demand specially during day time.

Thank in advance :)

My 4 month old was constantly throwing up as a newborn when he was breastfed. I then switched to exclusively pump and feed and he is not throwing up now.
But even now at 4 MO, he has only about 3 Oz per feed. And feeds every 3 hours.
I calculate that he feeds between 22-25 Oz per day.
I am worried that he is not eating enough and tried supplementing with 2 Oz of formula per day,but he throws up formula.
He has always been between 6-10 percentile in weight. But his pediatrician is not worried about it.
Should I be worried? Should I try to start solids?
Please help.

Your pediatrician is probably not concerned if your lo is growing and staying in the 6 to 10% range. It’s ok to be smaller as long as they are steadily progressing.

Also, it sounds like he has reflux – have you tried holding him upright for 20 to 40 minutes after each meal? We had to do this with both of our daughters.

Hi.
My baby is 6 month old.he deinks formula milk.
From some days he is refusing drinking milk at night. Before he drinks 2 bottles at night . Is it normal he is not drinking milk whole night. If not what should i do?

Hi, I’m worried with the amount of formula/breast milk my 3months old, (2months adjusted) takes in a day. He is still feeding every 2hrs… Some times 3hrs. He nurses first sometimes and isn’t satisfied until about 4oz when he doesn’t nurse first he screams for more I slowly increased but He’s taking 6oz now! I logged it yesterday and he took 46oz of formula…. And nursed.

Is it common for a six month old to only want 4 oz of milk at each feeding? I know it says for his age to to taking 6 to 8 oz, but I just can’t get him to take any more than 4. HELP!

Hi. Our daughter will be 7 months on the 16 and she drinks 3 1/2 oz to 4 oz of formula every 3 hours and I’m giving her baby food fruit in Am and a vegetable at night. I’m doing formula first and then an hour later her baby food. She weighs 13.8 pounds

Same situation with my 6 months old baby girl.. i m worried about that.

its totally normal. my baby girl is 6mo and drink 8oz in total but drink 4oz and the other 4oz 2hrs later.

Hi Courtney,

Thanks for writing in.

At six months old, you’ve likely started solid foods. If so, consider giving him the formula before feeding solids occasionally. Teaching your baby to love the tastes of vegetables at this age is very important, so don’t short-change vegetables for formula, but he is still getting most of his nutrients from formula at this age.

Best, @MsGreene
Note: I am the co-founder of DrGreene.com, but I am not Dr. Greene and I am not a doctor. Please keep that in mind when reading my comments and replies.

My baby girl is now 10 month and she don’t like milk . I gave her fresh milk.whole night she is crying but not taking milk. What should i have to do.

Hi Mani,

Thanks for writing in.

Dr. Greene says, “I agree with the current recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics that babies get breast milk or formula for the whole first year for a few reasons. Some studies suggest that the early introduction of cow’s milk can increase the chances of food allergies and perhaps even of diabetes (especially when diabetes already runs in the family). Also, the formula is richer in nutrients that growing babies need. Those who start cow’s milk early, for instance, are more likely to get anemic.”

I hope that helps.
Best, @MsGreene
Note: I am the co-founder of DrGreene.com, but I am not Dr. Greene and I am not a doctor. Please keep that in mind when reading my comments and replies.

Hello, My Name is Liz. I returned back to work about 2 weeks ago and my baby will not take a bottle an is exclusively breast feeding. He’s 4 months and 2 weeks. I feed him before I leave work around 745 am. come home on my lunch and feed him around 1145 and come home on a break and feed him around 3-330. After work I come home and feed him around 6pm. and his last feed before bedtime is around 730-8pm. Solid food has been introduced and he eats that twice a day while i’m at work. Before a started working he breastfed every 2 hours. I do co sleep and he does wake at night to eat around 3-4 times to eat. My concern is, will he adjust to the spread out feedings now that im at work? Is he feeding enough? Also Id rather him take a bottle instead of me coming home to feed but he just wont do it! I need help.

Hi Liz,
Thanks for writing in! Changing a baby’s feeding schedule when going back to work is a big adjustment for mom and baby. The good news is, kids tend to adjust just fine. Sounds like you’re doing all the right things – breastfeeding when you can, feeding other things when you’re not there. As long as he’s growing and healthy, you’ll all find a new rhythm. Just try to be patient and kind to yourself during this transition. Hang in there!
Hope that helps!
Alexandra (caring helper at drgreene.com, not a doctor)

Dear Dr. Greene,
My son is 6 months old he was born premature, 4.5 pounds. I started him on solids at 4 months due to his GERD. I breastfeed along with a bottle of formula and two solid meals. He hasn’t gained weight since last month. He is 13.2 pounds now. His doctors said I should switch to formula, at least 4 bottles a day. I don’t want to go off the breast unless it’s necessary, how can I manage? He needs to gain weight he is too small. Thank you

My LO was not gaining enough weight around the 2 month mark. I would breastfeed her and then offer her 2 ounces of formula, because my pedi told me the same thing…to supplement. This worked well for me. BF then offer some formula. If she didn’t want it, that was fine, she’s not hungry. She really did start gaining weight by just offering her a little more! Hope this helps.

Hi Sara,
Thanks so much for writing in! It can definitely be stressful to see your baby not gaining weight. Might I suggest that you make sure to take good loving care of your wonderful mama self too? That can only help everyone, and you deserve it. As for the feedings, it certainly sounds important for your son to get enough calories in him, but if there’s a way that you could also keep breastfeeding as a supplement for other kinds of nutrition (like immunity-boosting properties) and skin-to-skin bonding, that would be good too. Maybe check with the doctors to see what level of breastfeeding might still be possible given your son’s needs?
Hope that helps!
Alexandra (caring helper at drgreene.com, not a doctor)

My daughter is 7 months old and drinks about 20-24oz of breastmilk/formula a day (70% breastmilk/30% formula)-some days I feel she barely drinks 16oz. We are doing three food meals a day (3-4oz of food which include fruits/vegetables & oatmeal). Should I scale back the food and push more milk?

Elizabeth,

For some 7 month olds 20-24 oz is fine, but if you’d like her to drink more consider starting the feeding with milk. Babies will often drink more if they are given the bottle before solid food.

I hope that helps.
Best, @MsGreene
Note: I am the co-founder of DrGreene.com, but I am not Dr. Greene and I am not a doctor. Please keep that in mind when reading my comments and replies.

I have a 3month old and she drinks 3 ounces at a time and maybe has 7 bottles a day thats including night time bottles is this normal or should she be eating more. I did recently start putting 2tablespoons of rice cereal in her bottles because she was throwing up the whole bottle if not more. But how much shes eating hasnt changed since i started the cereal it stayed the same.

My baby will be 2 months on the 11th of this month is it to soon for him to be drinking 6oz bottles every 2 to 2 1/2 hours?

Hi

I have twin boys who turned 2 months last Thursday. They are drinking anywhere from 5.5 to 6 ounces per feeding. I do have them feeding only every 3 to 4 hours. Typically they wont let me hold off more than 3 hours. At night they go 6 -8 hours sleep without feeding. I’d say the amount isn’t uncommon but you might want to try to stretch the time between feedings.

6 ounces seems like quite a bit for a 2 month old. How much does the baby weigh? You should also stretch him to 3 hrs.

Hello Dr Greene’s i have an 18 months old baby he was always a big milk dinker, now he eat cheese, fruits, yogurts, a little vegetables and so on but not as much .He still drink formula milk cos he don’t like cows milk the problem is he wants milk often, i tried to give only 2 bottles ( 24 ounces ) but he is crying for more and he won stop crying what i do pls ? is it bad if he drink much milk? thanks

Hi my baby just turned 4 months old and drinks about 28oz a day, but he wont drink more than 5oz at a time, so I have to feed him almost every 2 hours during the day. He started sleeping through the night at 2 months but the last week hes waking up twice during the night to drink. I’m worried hes not getting enough milk during the day and that’s why hes waking now. I started giving him some rice cereal this week but it hasn’t seemed to help. He is still gaining weight though and was 16.3 lb at his last check up.

Hi my daughter is 4 months and 2weeks.. she was breastfed before but now i dont have milk anymore she didnt want enfamil formula at all now she drinks the similac the only problem is its hard to feed her. I need to force it for her to drink milk. She only drinks 14 oz in 24 hours 😔

That’s my problem I am dying 😞 My daughter only drinks 17 to 21 once in 24 hours I never even changed her formula, she never seems hungry I have to push her to drink ever 5 to 6 hours she doesn’t ever want it 😏

Marjorie,

The time you breastfed your daughter will give her a great start.

The amount she is drinking is on the low side. Has she shown any interest in solid food? Does she notice when you eat in front of her? If so, you may want to start solids, but before you do, read this post from Dr. Greene — Timing for Stating Solids and check with your pediatrician.

Best, @MsGreene
Co-founder & Executive Producer DrGreene.com, Mom
Note: I answer a lot of questions on DrGreene.com, I am the co-founder of DrGreene.com, Dr. Greene’s business partner, but I am a not doctor. Please keep that in mind when reading my comments and replies.

Hi
My son is 5and a half month and i introduce solid food to him. He seems to enjoy, but he has a drinking problem. He does not want to drink whether this is breast milk or formula. He used to drink 5oz every 3 hours when he was 3-4 months. Now, he will take only 2-3oz every 3 hours. I have to feed him asleep. also he started to wake up at night every 3-4hours, whereas before he could sleep for 8 hours. I only introduce the solid to him in the morning. Should I give him more, 3 meals per day?

Hi, I have recently started giving my 6 month old solids when he started waking in the night. I give him a little baby rice/ rusk around 5/5:30 every evening followed by 7/8oz of milk, he then has another bottle 4/5 hours later then sleeps through until 7:30/8 o’clock. Maybe try giving your little one dinner instead of breakfast so he’s more full before bed? Then gradually introduce breakfast when he shows signs of being hungry? I also did that with my daughter (recently turned 2) hope this is some help to you x

Hi my 4 month almost 5 month old is eating 4 oz every 3-4 hours. Is that normal? Or should I.be giving him more?

Brittany,

Is your son interested in solid foods? Does he watch you eat? If so, this could be a great time to start solids.

Here is Dr. Greene’s Quick Guide to Starting Solids. Some of his tips may surprise you.

Best,
@MsGreene

My daughter is 5 and half months old and weighs 18lbs 8oz and she only drinks baby milk now I tried cereal and oatmeal and she does not like it she throws up every time. Now I have tried baby food bananas and an apples but it doesn’t seem like she enjoys it so what can I do she drinking more than 40 ounces of milk a day. Sometimes 12ounces in one serving.

Kay,

It’s important to use this window of time to teach your baby to enjoy great foods. She may not like them at first, but can learn to love them very easily. All you need to do is offer her a taste on a spoon before feeding her baby milk. Don’t try to force her to eat. If she rejects the spoon smile and move on to baby milk, but reduce the amount by a few ounces so it is not completely filling her up.

The next time to feed, do the same thing with the same food. Most babies will learn to love a food after 10 to 12 tries, so don’t give up!

Dr. Greene suggest banana, avocado, cooked and pureed sweet potato as good foods to start.

I hope that’s helpful.

@MsGreene

I dont know if this is the right place to ask, but ive neen watching my cousins baby. She is 10 months old and still eating like a newborn. She eats 2-3 oz. If that every 3-4 hours. She doesnt like food very much and only takes a couple bites when you try to feed her. Im worried that she isnt getting enough. Shes very tiny and isnt growing much, although she is crawling and standing etc…

Hello, I have 2 5 month old twins and there feeding is 5 oz every 2 hours… what can I do to fill them up more? I tried the cereal but I heard bad things on it so I stopped it… help..

My baby is drinking 4oz every 2 hours now she is 2 1/2 mth… Im kind a worried bcoz per day she is drinking around 48oz as per article above should not be more than 32 oz in a day…

Leave her drink as much as she wants I have 5 kids and there all different more milk is better for them they get more vitamins

Hi Mega,

If it seems like your baby needs more than 32 ounces of formula, it would be wise to discuss it with your daughter’s pediatrician.

Best,
@MsGreene
Co-founder & Executive Producer DrGreene.com, Mom

Sid
Hi. My baby is seven months old. I am really worried that she only drinks milk while sleeping and this happened almost when she turned six. I am giving her fruit and cereal. She just drinks 4 ounce after six hours.

Sid,

Try cutting out cereal. She isn’t getting much nutritionally from cereal, but it may be filling her up.

Best,
@MsGreene

My son is 8 months old and gets 2 5oz bottles a day while I’m at work he also gets baby food should he be getting more milk while I’m at work kinda worried he isn’t getting enough when I get home I do breast feed him as soon as I put my stuff down

Cherie,

First, it’s great that you are continuing to breast feed after going back to work. That is an incredible gift. It’s also natural to worry about him while you’re gone.

What does his caregiver report about his feeding? Does he act hungry at the end of his bottle? Does he eat solids with gusto?

I am not a doctor (my husband is Dr. Greene, but I’m the other half of this web site), but I am a mom and my gut is that he will let you know if he’s hungry during the day. By breast feeding him when you get home, he can control how much he gets, so if he is a little hungry while you’re gone, he’ll simply make up for it when you return.

Keep up the good work. It’s such a gift!
@MsGreene

My baby is 4 month old and she is not drinking formula properly infact she is not drinking it at all everytime I gave her bottle she barely drink 1 ounce and oftenly spill it out
What to do?

Dear Hoor,

Have you discussed changing formula brand with her doctor? Often, there is something in the brand you’re using that’s making her stomach upset and changing brands can do the trick — though it may take some experimentation to find the one that’s right for her.

Best,
@MsGreene

My grand baby is 6 months old and she is ready for baby food but I’m just wondering how much milk she should take now that she is going to be taking food now and how much cereal she should eat.

Hi Marsha,

We now know that babies don’t need cereal at all. If you want to give them cereal, make sure it’s whole grain and fed with a spoon — not in a bottle.

After starting solids, Dr. Greene says, “The amount of formula tends to drop off a bit, but typically still falls in the range of 6 to 8 ounce bottles given 3 to 5 times a day.”

I hope that answers your questions,
@MsGreene