I remember the day that I finally had to give my 4 day old twins a bottle. The memory that is most vivid is the feeling of being completely confused because I wasn’t given any information on how many ounces a newborn needs during bottle feeding. How was I supposed to know? To make it even more daunting, I realized that I was supposed to learn how to interpret tiny signals or gestures my babies were sending to me.
Thank goodness we have the internet. I just can’t imagine how our mothers survived without Google. When I asked my own mother how she figured it out, she calmly replied “just trial and error I guess”. I give her a lot of credit for finding a way to survive without the world wide web.
In an effort to help those new mothers out there, I have included a one page resource that you can easily print out and keep accessible for all the stages of your baby’s first year. Save the guessing for another night! If I can alleviate stress for anyone else out there then I have done my good deed for the day.
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If you want to be very specific the formula is 2 – 2 1/2 ounces per pound of your baby in a 24 hour period. Did your mind start to do the math and then think, I need a calculator? 🙂 Well, this printable will work it out for you.
Remember that one mother’s 5 lb newborn is going to eat differently than another’s 8 lb newborn. Also, babies grow at different rates and have occasional growth spurts where they will want to eat more over a 2-3 day period. This is why each age has a range of ounces. Please ask your pediatrician if you have any concerns.
Signs Your Baby is Hungry
- moving head side to side
- opening mouth
- sticking out tongue
- putting hands or fingers in mouth
- puckering lips
- nuzzling against mothers breast
- baby moves his mouth in direction of something that is touching its cheek
- crying (this is the last sign and means you missed the earlier cues)
Signs that Your Baby is Full
- Closing lips when the bottle gets close
- Turning away from the food source
- Decreased or stop sucking
- spitting out the nipple
- show an interest in surroundings rather than eating
I hope this is helpful to a new mom out there. It’s always nice to learn from someone else instead of recreating the wheel on your own.