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There’s no rule as to how much food your baby should be eating. Every beautiful little baby is unique and they all have very different tummies. Here’s a daily guide to help you through the stages of feeding. The most important part is to listen to your babies cues as to when they’re hungry and when they’ve had enough.

Please consult your pediatrician or lactation consultant about nursing or providing formula. The list below is only a general chart when it comes to providing milk to your baby and toddlers.

Birth to 2 Weeks:
8 to 12 Nursings or 18-24 Oz of Formula (2-3 oz per bottle)

2 Weeks to 2 Months_
6 to 10 Nursings or 20-32 Oz of Formula (4 oz per bottle)

2 to 4 Months_
6 to 8 Nursings or 30-36 oz of Formula (5 oz per bottle)

4 to 6 Months_
5 to 6 Nursings or 32-40 oz of Formula (6 oz per bottle)

*Towards the end of this period you can start giving baby 2-4 Tbsp of Rice Cereal mixed with breast milk, formula or water

6 to 9 Months_
4 to 5 Nursings or 24-32 oz of Formula (7 oz per bottle)

1 to 3 Meals a day which consist of 2-4 Tbsp of single puree foods* (This amount will differ for every child depending on their appetite. Just make sure your little one is getting a variety of foods).

9 to 12 Months_
3 to 4 Nursings or 20-32 oz of Formula (8 oz per bottle)

3 Meals a day which consist of 3-4 Tbsp of 3 different foods* (This amount will differ for every child depending on their appetite. Just make sure your little one is getting a variety of foods).

12 to 15 Months_
2 to 3 Nursings or 16-20 oz of Formula or Whole Milk

3 Meals and 2 snacks a day, approximently 4 or more Tbsp of 3 different foods (This amount will differ for every child depending on their appetite. Just make sure your little one is getting a variety of foods).

*Fruits, vegetables, cereals, proteins and grains. Start with purees that are watery and then graduate to a thicker, chunkier puree. After you have given baby single purees, you can start combining them and prepare recipes on weelicious.com.

About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.

Comments

  1. Hello! Thank you for these recipes. I am a little confused about the ounces you recommend. Our pediatrician once told me at 4 months, our baby should be getting 3-4 ounces of breast milk, every 3-4 hours. Now she is 9 months, and I can barely pump more than an ounce an hour. I don’t know how much she’s actually getting when she nurses, but has never had more than 5 ounces in a bottle. We feed her homemade baby food in about 4 ounce helpings, 2-3 times per day in between nursings. She is at the 10% for weight, but we are naturally very thin people and she’s a bit tall for her age. I’d like for her to gain healthy weight, but do not want to go to formula, so we’ve been adding healthy fats to her solids like young coconut and avocado, etc. Where do your recommendations come from, and does anyone else actually produce that much breast milk? I thought I was on the right track until I read this. Thank you for your help!

  2. I think you should update your daily feeding plan. 6 nursing sessions a day for a 2 week old baby is way to few. How about changing it to ‘nurse on cue’ for each stage?? You could list hunger cues and talk about how diaper output is the best measure of baby’s intake (6-8 heavy wet disposable diapers or 5-6 heavy wet cloth diapers). Just a thought.

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