November 11, 2010,
L.F. asks from Indianapolis, IN on November 21, 2006
How Much Should a 2 Month Old Eat?
Is it too soon for my 2 month old to be eating 5oz of formula? Lately she wakes up an hour early from her naps. I thought maybe this was a growth spurt she was going through but it has been over a week now. I guess I worry of over feeding her because of all the issues with child obessity today.
So What Happened?™
Thanks everyone for your suggestions! My baby is doing great on 5oz feedings. She is happy and content, so I know I must be doing something right!
S.W. answers from Huntington on November 22, 2006
B.B. answers from Lexington on November 22, 2006
I wonder the same thing about my 2 mo old son. He is breastfed and most of the time I cannot gage how much he is eating. I recently recieved a pump to enable me to go to classes to finish my degree. I normally pump full bottles because I produce a large excess of milk, and out of a full 6 oz bottle my son will usually drink anywhere from 4-5 1/2 oz. However as his last Dr. appt. and the nurse that visits us for the HANDS program say that his weight gain is still healthy. I know that there are differences between breast milk and formula but I hope this helps. If your daughter is close to 2 mo. then it should be about time for her check up and immunizations. If you are still worried then, I would suggest asking her Dr.
K.M. answers from Indianapolis on November 21, 2006
I disagree with some of the responses. Every baby is different. I've known women who told me that their babies eat every 4 hours and I've had other mothers tell me that they fed their babies every 2 hours. My baby is now 16 months old and he was a little piggy when he was that age. He wanted to eat every 2.5 hours and I let him. He would usually take 4-5 oz. every time. Now he's a healthy, skinny little stinker. You're not going to make your baby fat by feeding him when he's hungry. Babies don't know how to pig out at this age so don't be worried. The doctor will let you know if there's a weight issue. My son is now 95 percentile in height and 50 percent in weight. He's a bony little thing with just a belly.
M.C. answers from Indianapolis on November 22, 2006
Don't worry about feeding your baby too much. She will let you know when she is done. If she is throwing up a lot afterward like more than 2 or 3 oz I would cut back. But, I have a now 5 month old who is already drinking 8 oz per feeding 4-5 times a day with solids as well. My doctor told me to start her on solid foods a little before 4 months. And she was drinking anywhere from 5 to 6 oz at 2 months as well. Especially after I switched over to formula, because I just couldn't keep up with her. As far as obessity goes I really wouldn't worry about it. They grow so fast right now you won't believe it. My daugther is in the 75-80 percentile in weigth but she also is in height so everything is balanced, and that's really what matters. And at least you have a healthy eater and unstead of worring that your baby won't eat!! I hope everything goes well for you.
L. answers from Indianapolis on November 22, 2006
I have a 4 week old that eats 5oz of formula every 3 hours. It doesn't seem like too much to me. He's happy and satisfied. Your child may get a little chunky now, but soon as she starts moving (rolling over, crawling, etc) the weight will adjust itself. Don't worry.
T.B. answers from Lexington on March 22, 2008
My son did this too. He was average weight at birth. Since, he has grown to be a big boy - not fat, just solid. He was hungry as a newborn, so I fed him accordingly. He woke up early from naps, too, because I wasn't feeding him enough. When he got enough he napped beautifully and started sleeping through the night at 4 months. Good luck!
S.M. answers from Indianapolis on November 21, 2006
It is supposed to be 2.5 ounces for each pound she weighs. For instance, if she weighs 12 lbs., then she should be getting 30 oz. a day. Don't worry too much if she doesn't get 30 oz. exact, my baby girl never ate as much as she was "supposed" to get b/c she just didn't want it... you have to gaige it on what the baby wants as well! I would make sure she is getting at least 2 oz. per pound and that should be good unless of course, she wants more! :)
C.D. answers from Louisville on November 21, 2006
MY DAUGHTER IS TWO MONTHS OLD AND THE DOCTOR SAYS SHE IS LARGE FOR HER AGE AND SHE EATS 5.5 OUNCES EVER 2.5 - 3.0 HOURS! I MEAN SHE WEIGHES 15 LBS AND SHE IS 24.5 INCHES LONG! I THIHNK THAT IS BIG! I MEAN IF SHE ACTS HUNGARY FEED HER BUT I WOULD NOT GIVE HER ANYMORE THAT 5.5 OUNCES BECAUSE IT IS RECCOMENDED THEY EAT BETWEEN 4-5 OUNCES AT THIS AGE! WELL HOPE IT WORKS FOR YOU! GOOD LUCK!
J.F. answers from Bloomington on November 22, 2006
Your daughter is her own person. Just like us, she knows when she is hungry and how much she wants.You really should stop worring about the weight issue and more on her needs.She is 2months old and your worried about child obessity.Remember to give your daughter some fatty things to when she starts eating solids. This is very important for certain part of brain growth and other internal body organs. Relax.
S.W. answers from Huntington on November 22, 2006
My son would eat easily 8 oz of formula at that age. Which is way too much!! So his pediatrician told me to add a table spoon of cereal to his bottle. It would thicken up the formula and he would fill up faster. Plus it helped his acid reflux. I hope this helps.
T.M. answers from Indianapolis on November 22, 2006
I am of the belief that at that age, they have not made any mental association with food other than needing it to survive. If a baby over eats, she will vomit. I would feed your baby what she wants. If she eats until she vomits every time, then I would see your doctor.
S.B. answers from Huntington on November 21, 2006
No that is not too much formula for your two month old.By the way congratulations to you and your husband on your new addition.Good luck
M.E. answers from Lexington on November 21, 2006
don't worry about over feeding your little bundle. if she's hungry....feed her. she is growing and learning at an incredible rate and that burns a lot of calories. childhood obesity is a worry a little later on and usually caused by poor diet and little or no excerise and heredity.
L.B. answers from South Bend on November 22, 2006
My 2 week old is eating 4ounces about every 2 hours give or take. We took her to the doctor today and she has put on a pound and eleven ounces I think your fine. Our doc didn't say anything about her weight except that she must be a good eater. I wouldn't worry about childhood obesity at 2 months of age. If you end up on a day time talk show then ok, worry. Best of luck to ya!!
A.C. answers from Indianapolis on November 22, 2006
I would say that feeding your daughter 5 oz is perfectly fine. My oldest child (boy now 6 yrs) was a good eater as well. He started out at 9lbs. 9oz so he wasn't starving to begin with....we started feeding him 4 oz where most infants eat 2 or less at birth. Remember each child is different, but I'd say you shouldn't worry about your 2 month old being obese....it's not gonna happen. My son weighed 32 lbs when he was 12 months old and now is tall and thin just like his friends!! Keep in touch with your pediatrician and all will turn out great!! I'd take the advice of the mom who said to add cereal to the bottle too----I did that with both my children.
Have a great Thanksgiving holiday!!
H.F. answers from Washington DC on November 11, 2010
When my son was 2 months he was drinkn 4 oz every 2 hrs and was weighin 13 lbs now he is 2 and 48 lbs the dr ced he is fine and healthy now my daughter who is now 2 months drink 7 oz every 3 to 4 hrs. Weighing 14 lbs and sleeps 8 to 10 hours at nite I have 2 wake her up 2 feed her in the mornings she's a lil lazy piglet..lol
L.A. answers from Youngstown on January 16, 2010
my daughter is 2 months old and she is on 4oz every 3 hours. We just had our 2 month check-up on the 5th and my Dr. said to increase to 5oz in 1 month. I am noticing though.. that sometimes throughout the day she does want to eat every 2 1/2 hours
R.R. answers from Kalamazoo on October 29, 2009
my 2 month old eats between four and six oz. its normal there the boss of there food they will let you know when they are full and dont worry about obesity not on formula anyways
A.W. answers from Lafayette on December 02, 2006
In a perfect world a baby should eat 2 ounces per pound of body weight in a day...example: 10 pounds= 20 ounces. For some it's more, for some it's less depending on they're metabolism. To be honest I don't pay much attention to that. If they cry I give them a bottle. If they're in the habit of drinking 4 ounces or 5 ounces then I make a 6 ounce bottle so I can be sure there's enough...then I let them have how much of that bottle they want. If they bat the bottle of their mouth, turn their head from it or just stop sucking, then they're done. You'll probably waste more that way, but atleast you know she's had her fill. She's not going to take more than she can handle and she's not going to take less than she needs. As a result I've always had healthy happy babies. As long as she's fed and clean she's happy. My second child was taking 4 to 5 ounces a feeding by his second day of life (back then they kept you in the hospital 3 days) the hospital put him on cereal that second day to slow him down on the formula...and he never got fat, he just burned it off really fast. Don't try to decide how much she's going to eat, let her guide you.