How much formula does baby need?

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How much formula does baby need?

Your baby's age, how much they weigh, the time of day, their activity level and their rate of growth can all affect your baby's formula needs. The formula tin will list general guidelines.

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Your baby’s age, how much they weigh, the time of day, their activity level and their rate of growth can all affect your baby's formula needs. 

The formula tin will list general guidelines.

Babies are usually fed on demand, so learn your baby’s signals. For the first few days, your baby may finish the bottle.

Most formula-fed newborns will need around 6–8 feeds in 24 hours for the first few weeks.

Gradually increase the quantity (size) of each feed during the day. When your baby is about 2 months old, there will probably be 3–4 hours between feeds.

Your baby is getting enough formula if they are:

  • content and settle for a couple of hours after a feed
  • gaining weight at a steady rate
  • having 6 or more very wet nappies every day

This page last reviewed 02 June 2013.
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