Is Your Baby Hungry?
We may be biased, but we think mimijumi bottles have the cutest names out there. The Not So Hungry bottle is 4 oz., and its big brother is the Very Hungry bottle at 8 oz. Which one do you need for your baby? How much milk should your little one be drinking each feed? These are questions best discussed with your pediatrician as every baby is different, but we've put together a quick reference for general feeding amounts based on age. Hopefully, this will help you decide which bottle would best suit your baby, and give you peace of mind knowing they are eating what they should be, when they should be!
More important than the table above is to watch your baby and pay attention to their growth. Generally speaking, your baby should be eating 2 oz. for each pound they weigh over each 24 hour period. For example, if your baby is 7 lbs., he should be eating around 14 oz. every 24 hour period broken up into many feedings. Above all, pay attention to your baby's weight gain. Your pediatrician will have growth charts that can help track your baby's progress and alert you and your doctor if there is an issue. It's important to keep up with regular baby visits to be able to catch any issues early on.
If you're breastfeeding your baby, it may be difficult to determine just how much your baby is eating. Feeding formula or expressed milk from bottles makes measurement much easier, but there's no need to fret about measurements! Remember that babies do have instincts. In general, they will show hunger cues and will eat when they are hungry and refuse when they aren't. Feed your breastfed baby when he/she shows signs of being hungry, and carefully monitor weight gain to be sure you aren't missing hunger cues.
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