Browse by Medical Category
Breast milk or formula is the source of nutrition babies need for the first 4-6 months of life. This handout will explain how much breast milk or formula to offer. It will also explain when you should ask for help with feeding your son/daughter and highlight special nutrition concerns.
Breast milk, formula or a combination of the 2 is best for your son/daughter between birth and 4-6 months old. Breastfeeding has many benefits for you and your baby. If you choose to give your son/daughter breast milk, you can breastfeed your son/daughter or give breast milk in a bottle.
Offering other foods before your son/daughter is 4-6 months old increases the risk of him or her developing food allergies or intolerances. It can also increase the risk of damage to his or her stomach and intestines.
You should feed your son/daughter when he or she shows that he or she in hungry. This is called feeding on demand. This is important to help your child have a healthy relationship with food later in life.
Some parents like to have a general goal for their baby’s intake. Overall, babies need 2-4 ounces (oz.) of breast milk or formula 8-12 times a day. One rule that doctors use is 2-2.5 oz. of formula per pound of body weight.
Still, your baby’s growth is the best way to determine if they are receiving the right amount of breast milk or formula. You should ask to go over your baby’s growth curve during visits with the doctor.
You should call your son/daughter’s pediatrician if he/she shows the following signs:
Back to Top