Infant Nutrition

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
Berries
Buckwheat
Cabbage
Chocolate
Cinnamon
Citrus fruits
Citrus juices
Coconut
Corn
Cow’s milk
Cheese
Dairy products
Egg whites
Mango
Melons
Milk products
Mustard
Nuts
Onions
Papaya
Peanuts
Peas
Pork
Rye
Semolina
Shellfish
Strawberries
Soybeans
Tofu
Tomatoes
Wheat
Yeast
Artificial food additives
Apples
Applesauce
Apricots
Asparagus
Bananas
Barley
Beets
Carrots
Lettuce
Millet
Oats
Peaches
Pears
Plums
Rice
Squash
Sweet potatoes
Tapioca