How many ounces newborn eat?

Welcome to the exciting and utterly fascinating world of newborn feeding. If you’re a new parent, congratulations! You’ve just entered one of the most overwhelming but ultimately rewarding periods in your life. One of the biggest questions that every new parent has is how much should their baby be eating? Fear no more, dear reader, for we have all the answers you need.

The Average Daily Intake

First things first – let’s start with some cold hard facts. According to experts, newborns will consume anywhere from 1 to 3 ounces per feeding during the first few weeks of life. This translates into an average total daily intake of around 16-24 ounces (or roughly half a liter for our metric friends out there).

But Wait…There Are Always Exceptions

If you’re anything like me (and I sincerely hope for your sake that you aren’t), then numbers can often lead to confusion on multiple levels…helpless feeling creeping up yet? Fret not, friend!

While these averages are certainly helpful guidelines, it’s important to remember that babies are individuals and as such may require more or less than what seems “normal”. A general rule is: if they seem full or satisfied afterward – everything looks good.

Some infants might feed only once in three hours while others might want nourishment almost every hour or two(talk about being needy)!

What About Breastfeeding And Formula Feeding?

The quantity frequency can vary depending upon whether your little darling is drinking formula or breastfeeding straight from its mother’s bosom fountain.

For breast-fed infants , a typical meal could entail providing liquid gold(as referred by many mothers) at intervals ranging from every couple hours during daytime . At night times hunger strikes(funny story-wait till reading this 😉 ) so less frequently moms could expect around three-four meals each lasting about ten-fifteen minutes to keep sapling nourished. This means that the baby is consuming not more than 5 ounces per meal-keep breastfeeding folks, it’s beneficial!

On the other hand, if you are preparing formula then an acceptable in-take depends on many factors like age and weight of newborns(more about this later).

What Affects Infant Feeding Amounts?

Now let’s dive into some of the specific characteristics which can change how much a baby wants to consume-buckle up folks we’re getting technical here.


First & foremost factor- Generally speaking, younger infants require a greater total amount of feedings per day as they have faster metabolic rates which burn through their calories quickly(kinda bumma though because its so sweet watching them feed!).

As babies grow older, their stomach size increases along with eating habits (just like us except they probably won’t enjoy mac n cheese yet….give time!).


Secondly – newborns who are heavier will usually take in more in relation to their body temperature than tinier ones. Similarly, babies experiencing rapid growth spurts may need added meals. Always focus on percentiles and target ranges suggested by your pediatrician those do vary regarding feeding requirements based on Birth-weight .

Don’t worry too much about infant bulge as all tots develop differently what’s important here is staying within recommended boundaries for both intake quantity (too little food hampers growth) and frequency So balance well pal-(great life pro tip right there).

Activity Level And Environment

Lastly – highly active tots living in hot weather or soaking up sunshine might tend towards an enhanced thirst due to loss of fluids-& yes! Newborn feel thirsty too! . In addition overheating could make baby ill so don’t ignore these needs!.

How Do I Calculate The Volume Of Formula?

So let’s move onto one FAQ : how does one prep steaming batches using powdered formulas? Remember the good ol’ days where we measured everything on a scale?

Fear not, as technology meets ease one of the hidden facts that manufacturers don’t share often enough is that an average scoop of dried formula powder contains anywhere from 8-10 grams .

As soon as you know how much your infant weighs & their age follow these simple steps to determine total amount they ought to receive per day:

  • Divide this number by six: (this gives us ~ 450 mL)

    [Total amount in milliliters=(baby weight x desired intake based on age)/6].

    So now parents measure water using measuring cups,

  • Now measure out exact scoops of powdered formula suggested.

Then add and mix together until clump-less mixture is observed-now ensure temperature consistency – finally voila!.

When Do Infants Increase Their Feeding Amounts?

Okay so let’s assume at week one infants sleep around eighteen hours daily but gain perspective people-alot goes down during awake time , which typically happens every two -three hours -(yup! Babies definitely keep you busy) and amidst crying bouts need to fill those tiny bellies too. if it seems like baby requires more feedings,the general consensus says : Request noms Monsieur .

After the forty-eight hour mark newborn feeding ounces increase constantly-over four days barely black-eyed pea sized tummies grows triple fold capable holding way beyond teaspoons allowing babies consume up-to fifteen or twenty ounces in some cases!

At around 4 weeks old, most tots request more frequent feedings again-believe me it augments -further adding nutrients fibre bonded formulas acts beneficial for them,(not gonna indulge technical jargon here, its quite complex).

Infants will usually sleep through night schedules once six months have passed or when solids start entering picture although nighttime nursing does tend stay popular.


In order to sum things up because lets be real moms and dads you will have your hands full- feeding babies requires persistence gentle-hearted care,doses of love,patience whatnot – It’s important not to worry yourself on every dietary expectation,take “one day at a time” approach &let the nursing happen naturally.

Remember all newborns come equipped with superpowers allow trusting them rather than fretting over minute details,& if worst comes bear hugs highly recommended .


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