How much should a newborn eat?
Are there general rules?
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
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 daySource(s): newborn care specialist
- Rosie_0801Lv 61 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.
- ~*Mrs. BAT*~Lv 61 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
- anthonyLv 41 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.
- casperLv 51 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
- Anonymous1 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.