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My baby is almost 8 weeks old, I returned to work 3 weeks ago and she went off the breast onto formula, she doesn't feed regularly (no fixed time) as I do not like to wake a sleeping baby, she has a feed around 7am and stays awake normally to have another feed around 10am, then she will have a bath and sleep about 11:30 and often sleeps till about 2 or 3 when she has another feed. She feeds again between 5 and 6 and then again about 9 and then she sleeps through to 7am the next morning, she only has 100 mils at a time and this is only about 500mils a day, she is thriving and growing but it just doesn't seem enough ... how much should she be having?

Lisa - Tyler (06/05), Emily (05/07)

Hello Murphy75,
My DS is 12 weeks old & has been taking 180mls formula about every 3-4 hours. He has a feed at about 5pm & then at 10-10.30pm & i generally give him another at about 4am as he gets restless. I think that you are doing great - your baby will let you know if they haven't had enough to eat. If she is putting on weight & thriving & is happy then just go with the flow. Let your baby guide you rather than you guiding your baby.
Hi there

Our DD never drank what was on the tin, we discussed this at one of her early check ups and CHN told us what is on the tin is just a guide. You can figure out what they need by multiplying 150mls per kilo of body weight, so if bub is 5 kilo thats 5 x 150mls = 750mls over a 24 hour period.

It doesnt matter if they drink 100mls one feed and then 150mls the next (its quite normal for them to vary the amount they take from feed to feed), as long as they are getting around the right mark over a whole day. It could be a little less or a little more, the key thing is are they putting on weight each week.

We used to keep a diary of feed times and how much she'd had so we could tally it for 24 hours, it goes up and down but you can see a rough average from day to day and when they have a growth spurt it will be very obvious because volume will increase alot.

If she is happy and content and putting on weight (but not too much) then she should be fine. Skye has about 120 to 180 mls at each feed, during the day she feeds about every 3 to 4 hours (sometimes 2) and at night she has started to sleep 7 or 8 hour blocks (still wakes at 4am for a feed which is normal as shes only 2 months)

Also, some days Skye will have a whole bottle (180 mls) and then only 10 minutes later she will want more, but other days she will only have about 60 mls.
[Edited on 09/07/2007]

Cassie, mum to Hayley and Skye

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