How Much Should Newborn Babies Eat?

How Much Should Newborn Babies Eat
How Much Should Newborn Babies Eat?

Newborn babies who are breastfed should eat as much as they want as often as they want according to the American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, and World Health Organization.

According to Nemours, a pediatric health system, newborn babies who are formula-fed should eat 1.5 to 3 ounces every 2 to 3 hours.

After a rough first few days following our baby’s difficult birth, my wife, baby, and I settled into a reasonable routine. Our baby daughter ate every 1.5 to 2 hours with pumped breastmilk being her primary source of nutrition.When our baby ate only pumped breastmilk from the bottle, I could accurately track her consumption which averaged 65 mL over the first week.

However, because our newborn also nursed directly from my wife, we had trouble tracking the amount. We inferred the amount of milk our baby ate from one breast by comparing the difference in the amount pumped from each breast immediately after a nurse. This method was not foolproof, but it did also us to estimate the quantity eaten by our newborn even when she fed directly from the breast.

Our pediatrician, in agreement with all of the major health organizations, also recommended tracking the number of wet and poopy diapers and our baby’s weight to ensure that our daughter was getting enough to eat.