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Increasing a Baby’s Feedings

My son is one month old and I had a question about feeding.  I have been feeding him 3-3 1/2 oz so far (from pumping or the occasional formula supplement).  Should I continue that amount or bump it up?  I haven't really seen many suggestions on this.  When I breastfeed him I just watch his cues to see that he is eating enough.  However, I want to make sure I'm not over or under feeding him.  He is up to par with the "output", so I think he is doing ok.  I just want to make sure.  Do you have any resources you would suggest for me to consult?

Feeding your baby an appropriate amount of milk is clearly a balance. Many parents feel like they are in the dark as it hard to know “how much”. The “right” amount is different for every child. Your child’s growth (especially weight) is the best indicator. Your health care provider should give you feedback at well check ups.

In between health visits, continue to monitor your baby at home. I agree that monitoring urine and stool output is helpful. Most one month old children will be fussy if they are underfed or overfed. Typically, overfed infants will spit up more than usual. 3 1/2 ounces sounds like a great feeding. If he periodically seems like he wants more, you should periodically try a little more. I just published a table of average daily milk consumption that may give you some guidelines. How much milk does a newborn need to drink each day? If you are concerned or just want piece of mind make an appointment with your health care provider.


Written January 2011 by
Dr. Gordon, Orlando Pediatrician






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