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Q. What are the ways to know appropriate amount of feeding for the baby?

Answered by
Dr. Prakash Nagar
and medically reviewed by Dr. Divya Banu M
This is a premium question & answer published on Jul 20, 2020

Hello doctor,

I have a 3 1/2 week old baby who I am formula feeding. I feed her 2 1/2 ounces about every 3 hours. She sucks the complete bottle down and is still sucking when I pull it out of her mouth. An hour after I feed her, she is very fussy. Her arms are going everywhere and her mouth is wide open while turning her head back and forth like she is looking for more to eat. She will only calm down with a pacifier, but that lasts only a few minutes until she spits it out. Am I feeding her enough? ( She weighs about 9 pounds.)

Dr. Prakash Nagar

Child Health Paediatrics
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Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I always prefer a demand feeding as all babies are smart enough to decide for how much they want and how frequently. For the weight and age of your baby, she need about 3 ounces of milk every 3 hours, total about 700 - 725 ml in 24 hours. Fussiness after feeding and turning head back and forth (not side to side) need to be observed carefully as it may be due to regurgitation of milk. Give proper burping after feeds and let her sleep with head end raised (make the bed at an inclination of appoximately 30 degree up on head end side). If you can share a video of that, it can help to reach to a conclusion better and I will advice you accordingly.


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