How Much Should My Baby Drink
Breast Milk/Formula Amounts Before the Introduction of Solid Foods
A baby drinking breast milk or formula exclusively – that is, one who has not yet been started on solid foods – should be drinking about 2 ½ ounces of milk per day for each pound of body weight.
Average Amount of Daily Breast Milk/Formula by Body Weight for Babies Not Yet Eating Solid Foods
|Weight||Ounces per day|
|6 pounds||15 ounces|
|7 pounds||17 ½ ounces|
|8 pounds||20 ounces|
|9 pounds||22 ½ ounces|
|10 pounds||25 ounces|
|11 pounds||27 ½ ounces|
|12 pounds||30 ounces|
|13 pounds||32 ounces|
Signs of Readiness for Solid Foods
- At least 4 months old.
- Weight twice as much as her birth weight.
- Weighs 13-15 pounds.
- Can sit with support, allowing her to lean forward when she wants another spoonful and backward to refuse.
- Has control over her head and neck muscles and can turn her head to refuse food.
- Has stopped exhibiting the extrusion reflex when you put a spoon in her mouth. If, after several tries, food comes right back out of her mouth when you spoon feed her, she is not yet ready for solid foods.
- Is drinking at least 32-40 ounces of formula per 24 hours and still wants more.
- Is breastfeeding at least 8-10 times per 24 hours (after the first few weeks), empties both breasts at each feeding, and still wants more.
- The time between feedings becomes shorter and shorter over a period of several days.
- She can bring an object in her hand directly to her mouth.
- Shows interest in other eating around her.
- Becomes fussy in the middle of the night, whereas before she slept through with no problem. Or her sleep periods are becoming shorter instead of longer.
|High Risk Allergy Foods||Low Risk Allergy Foods|
|Beans and other legumes
Artificial food additives