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How Do You Know When Baby Has Had Enough Formula?

How Do You Know When Baby Has Had Enough Formula?

How Do You Know When Baby Has Had Enough Formula?

Feeding time is a balancing act in a parent's head. You wonder if your baby has had enough or not enough. Hunger cues will help you know more.

When you think about your own eating habits, you know that your meals range from “still hungry” though you have finished your plate all the way to “I'm stuffed” while there is still food in front of you. There are times when you will listen to your body and know when you are satisfied and can stop eating.

Your baby is developing those cues as well. If you are breastfeeding your baby, your little one is in control of your milk flow. You can tell when they are satisfied because they pull away and your breasts feel saggy and empty. However, a bottle shows you as the parents exactly how much your baby is eating and not eating. It is possible that your baby is overfed based on the contents of the bottle instead of their own natural instincts of fullness.

How Much is Enough Baby Formula?

On average, your baby will drink about 2.5 ounces of formula per pound of their weight per day. A ten-pound baby will drink 25 ounces a day while a 15 pound baby will drink about 37.5 ounces a day. This is all in the first six months or before starting solid foods. Keep in mind that there will be days in which your baby will want more or less depending on growth spurts and illnesses.

How Do You Know if Your Baby Has Too Much Formula?

Since your baby has a small stomach, there is no need to have a lot of formula. Too much formula can lead to irritability and spit ups. Your baby's diaper also cannot hold as much, especially if it is a bowel movement mess. Overfeeding can also lead to sleeping problems. Over time, your baby will not be able to self-regulate how much food they take in and can lead to future obesity-related problems.

What Kind of Hunger Cues Does Your Baby Have?

The most obvious cue when your baby is getting full is that your little one will turn the head away from the nipple. If your baby is not going for the nipple after a burp, it means that they are done for that feeding. Other cues include:

  • Progressively longer pauses during feedings
  • Fidgeting
  • Uneasiness

How Do You Know If Your Baby is Getting Enough Formula?

You and your pediatrician will know based on your baby's growth and diapers. A healthy weight gain that is consistent at each doctor's appointment means that your baby is developing fine in the area of nutrition. On a daily basis, you can tell your baby is getting enough because your little one will have about five or six wet diapers a day. You could try a feeding schedule, but your baby is better off eating on demand and using their own hunger cues as a guide. While your baby may cry when they start to get hungry, it is not always the case. During these first few months of exclusive bottle feeding, make sure that you are focusing your attention to your baby and the cues they display. You gain a better understanding of what your little one wants or needs and gives you more confidence as a parent.