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How much should your baby have?

Just like breastfed babies, children fed on formula milk are perfectly capable of regulating their own dietary intake and the frequency of feeds. It will therefore be the baby who establishes how often he feeds on demand. This will mean that the little one will only take as much as he needs. However, do bear in mind that feeds are less frequent when bottle feeding, as formula milk takes longer to digest than breast milk.

- The baby's needs tend to become more regular after the first few weeks.

- There are no set rules that fit all children. Some are hungrier than others and eat more often.

- As a reference, you could say that every kilo of the baby's weight corresponds to 30 cubic centimetres of milk.

- You should never force your little one to finish the bottle.

- Children fed on formula milk tend to drop the night-time feed earlier.

- It is essential to remember that each child has different needs and it is not possible to establish exactly when and how much they need to eat. Parents will gradually adapt to their child's rhythm.

 

Table showing approximate number of feeds and amounts according to the baby's age:

 

Age

Number of Feeds

Amount (cm3)

1st week

6-7

15-70

2nd week

6

80-90

3rd week

6

90-100

4th week

6

100-110

2nd month

6

110-120

3rd month

6

120-140

4th month

5-6

130-160

5th month

5

160-180

6th month

4-5

180-210

7th month

4

210-225

8th month

4

210-225

9th to 12th month

4

225-250