Are you wondering how much should a 3 month old eat? oh yeah! You’re in the right place, this article outlines the average 3-month-old baby schedule, including milk feedings for breastfeeding, bottle feeding, etc.
By 3 months, baby is probably smiling plenty, and she’s likely started to imitate what she hears and sees so watch what you say or do in his presence!
Your baby will likely also start to consolidate feedings by 3 months old. Your baby’s stomach capacity is considerably larger now than it was in the early days and weeks after birth, so your 3-month-old baby will likely be able to go for longer stretches between feedings. And here pops the big question;
‘how much should a 3 month old eat’
In the last couple months, baby’s appetite has certainly increased! And she knows how to tell you when she’s hungry. Of course, you’ve probably gotten in such a routine with feeding that you know when she’s about to do that hungry cry.
How much should a 3 month old eat?
Bottle feeding: Babies digest formula more slowly than breast milk, so if you’re bottle-feeding, your baby may have fewer feedings than a breastfed infant.
How much formula for a 3-month-old baby? Typically five ounces about six to eight times a day.
Breastfeeding: How often should a 3-month-old nurse? Feedings are typically about every three or four hours at this age but each breastfed baby may be slightly different. What’s important is that baby seems content, your boobs seem to have been emptied (they’re soft) and baby’s gaining weight healthily.
To double-check that baby’s getting enough breast milk, you can check her diapers. How many wet diapers for a 3-month-old baby? About four or five very wet ones per day.
You may notice your 3-month-old eating less than she did previously. Breastfed babies do get more efficient, so it’s normal for your baby to feed in about half the time it took her to feed as a newborn.
If you see all the signs that baby’s getting enough to eat, it’s perfectly normal. If not, it could be a sign of a problem, so talk to the pediatrician.¹
Is Your 3 Month Old Spitting Up?
It’s normal for infants to “spit up” after eating or during burping. Spitting up a small amount — less than 1 ounce (30 ml) — shouldn’t be a concern as long as it happens within an hour of feeding and doesn’t bother your baby.
You can reduce spitting up in these early months by:
- • Feeding before your baby gets very hungry
- • Keeping your baby in a semi-upright position during the feeding and for an hour after
- • Burping your baby regularly
- • Avoiding overfeeding
- • Not jostling or playing vigorously with your baby right after a feeding
If your baby seems to be spitting up large amounts, is spitting up forcefully, is irritable during or after feedings, or seems to be losing weight or is not gaining weight as expected, call your doctor.²
Keep in mind that these are still averages, though, and some babies require more or less formula at each feeding and on each day. If your baby seems satisfied between feedings and is gaining weight normally, then he is likely eating enough.
If your baby is consistently eating more or less than these averages, though, you might see your pediatrician and make sure that you are recognizing your baby’s hunger signals and that he is gaining weight normally.