Bottle - Feeding: Daily Quantities

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Bottle - Feeding: Daily Quantities

  Autor NN Team Data: 07.06.2010

Bottle - Feeding: Daily Quantities

If the baby, for whatever which reason, is fed artificially from the early days of life, you would face the problem of the amount of milk your child needs each day and, implicitly, at every meal. To better understand the necessary portions, here's a simple chart of meals and quantity of milk in relation to the weight of the baby.

Meals Schedule

The schedule of baby meals varies depending on the age, as follows:
0 to 2 months:
6 meals / day, a meal at 3 hours; in general, the indicative hours are 6:00, 9:00, 12:00, 15:00, 18:00, 21:00.
Between 2 and 4 months:
5 meals / day, a meal at 4 hours: In general, the indicative hours are 6:00, 10:00, 14:00, 18:00, 22:00.
Starting at 4 months:
4 meals / day, a meal at 5 hours: In general, the indicative hours are 7:00, 12:00, 16:00, 20:00. There is no rule that the baby be fed at the hours listed above, these are only indicative.

The amount of milk for every meal

Knowing the required number of baby meals, we need to consider the amount of milk necessary per day, and thus the amount of each meal. The calculation is done using the following formula: the number resulted in the first three digits of infant weight in grams, is added to 250. The required quantity of milk for the child in 24 hours will result, divided on the bottles. For that formula to be more understandable, here is a concrete example.

Suppose that the baby is 5000 grams. The number formed by the first three digits (500) is added to 250. The amount thus obtained is 750. This is, in grams, the portion of food for one day, and this must be divided by the number of meals needed for the baby. For example, at an age of 3-4 months, the number of meals per day is 5. Thus, 750 g divided by 5 meals a day is 150 grams at each meal. As each child has its own rhythm of digestion, the interval between meals may not be the same, and the amount of milk consumed in a meal can vary.

If this method of calculation to determine the amount of baby food seems difficult to remember, you can use, ias a rough guide, the indications in the table below, which clearly shows the number of meals for each age and the amounts of water and milk powder.

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