How much should a newborn eat?

Are there general rules?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    A newborn baby should be gaining about a half pound every week. They naturally know how much to eat, but if you want to be very specific, here’s a formula: (number of pounds the baby weights) x 2.5 = oz/day and that number needs to be divided by the number of feedings a day

    Source(s): newborn care specialist
  • 1 decade ago

    If you are using formula, follow the directions on the tin. If you are breastfeeding, it's easier to judge by what comes out than what goes in :) If bub is wetting nappies 6-8 times a day, they are eating enough. Demand feeding is the easiest thing to do because babies know far more about their appetite than the rest of us.

  • 1 decade ago

    It varies baby to baby,and by their age. They usually eat about 2oz (maybe a little more or less,dependingon how hungry they are) every 2-4 hours. They eat more when they go through growth spurts around 3 and 6 weeks.

    Source(s): Breastfeeding mom to 5 week old baby girl
  • 1 decade ago

    You shouldn't make your newborn eat. The baby will cry and let you know when he/she is hungry. If after 4 hours, baby doesn't let you know, wake baby up and give what he/she willingly eats.

    Source(s): Mom of 4
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  • 1 decade ago

    Normally they eat about 2 oz of milk every three to four hours. Of course that would somewhat depend on the babies weight.

  • casper
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    As much as he wants too. When he shows hunger cues (ie. rooting) feed him. Normally every 1 3/4 - 2 hours, Depending if it's formula or breastmilk.

  • 1 decade ago

    I always fed my babies however much they would drink. (Babies will not drink if they are full) Usually its around 2-4 oz. I don't think there are any specific rules, just feed your baby when its hungry.

    Source(s): mom of 4
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    it is mostly a check of pees and poops. my son is on breast milk and goes every 2- 2 1/2 hours. i hear formula fed babies can go longer.

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