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Having a newborn is exciting! Yes, it is also a lot of work, we know, but the excitement and feeling of joy should quash all that. Although, you may also be worried and wondering how to do things and what you actually need to do, especially in your first month. 

If one of your questions is how much should you feed a one month old baby, we’ve got you covered! 

Many new moms are often concerned about how to feed their newborns and how much they should feed them. While this question is applicable to breastfeeding and formula feeding moms, we will get into the formula feeding aspect first and briefly share some pointers in regards to breastfeeding. You can also expect some great tips for feeding at the end. 

How much should you feed a one month old baby?

For a simple answer to this question, you should feed your one month old baby one to three ounces of formula every two to three hours. Now this answer is not set in stone. In fact, it can vary based on many reasons, and we will share a few of those reasons with you below. 

Individual Differences 

The beauty in babies, and humans, in general, is that we are unique in so many ways. All babies feed yes, but how and when they feed can and will vary. Even among twins, this variation is seen. One baby may take only two ounces of formula while the other takes three or even four ounces. This contradicts the previous statement of 1-3 oz above. Therefore, it is important that you monitor your baby (how?) and try to ensure that they are feeding at their pace while you are using this data only as a guide. 

Formula Brand Recommendations 

Not all formulas are made alike. Just as there may be a difference between an organic formula and a regular formula, there are differences between formula brands. With this said, specific formula brands may have their own set of guidelines for feeding. The instructions will depend on the contents of the formula, among other things.  I don’t agree with this statement. Formulas are 20 cals/oz and FDA creates guidelines for standardizing the nutrition requirements so I am unclear on what is trying to be communicated. 

Ensure that you read the label of your baby formula carefully and take the feeding recommendations into consideration. Taking the time to read labels is a great practice to develop as so work on improving this practice! (Why is this important and why do you need to improve your reading?) it can also be applied to reading food labels and ingredient lists of other food choices for your family. 

Advice of Your Health Care Team 

With your newborn, you will be having regular healthcare appointments. Within the first month, these routine visits are mostly for checking in and just monitoring your baby’s growth. During your visits, your pediatrician will examine your baby and make specific recommendations. If your baby’s weight is moving too fast or too slow according to the growth chart, your doctor may recommend more or less formula to adjust your feeding routine to meet the baby’s needs. This information will be specific to your baby and your situation, and often it trumps any other recommendations given. 

What if I am breast-feeding mom?

As a breastfeeding mom, you still may want to know how much should you feed a one month old baby. That is perfectly normal, and we will touch briefly on it so that you can have a good guide to follow. 

It is estimated that feeding should take 20-40 minutes for babies feeding directly from the breast. In this case, that is how you would measure how much you should feed your breastfed baby. Time and volume are two different things. This doesn’t make sense.

Additionally, as a breastfeeding mom, you do have the option of bottle-feeding breast milk. If you are bottle-feeding breastmilk, then one to three ounces every two to three hours is a good guideline. 

Added to this, it is essential to know when to feed your baby. (Too many transitional words -additionally, added)

When should I feed my newborn?

Feeding every two to three hours is the general guide to feeding at one month of age. However, it is essential to know that you should be feeding your baby on demand. No, it is not. Many parents feed on a schedule. Feeding on demand is the term used to refer to providing food when a baby cries. (OMG no!, there are many reasons a baby cries and it’s not only hunger)

Newborns will cry for hunger every time they are hungry (also not true. A baby failing to thrive who is hungry is often too tired to cry). As such, it is important that moms feed on demand instead of feeding based solely on the guidelines presented above. Essentially, we are saying that the guidelines are just that, guidelines, and it’s okay to be flexible when it comes to feeding your little one. 

You will also always have your pediatrician to run specific questions by. Try to ensure that you communicate with your pediatrician and share your concerns on a regular basis. Here are just a few tips for feeding your baby within the first few months to provide further guidance. 

Tips for Formula Feeding

When it comes to feeding within the first few months, these tips may prove helpful to you. 

Be Flexible

Of course, in moderation. It is highly important that you maintain some form of flexibility within your feeding journey and overall parenting journey. This may change often, it may seem as though one day your baby only takes two ounces and the next they take three. That is perfectly normal, and you should keep room for some of those changes and growth. 

Keep a Baby Feeding Journal

One of the most helpful things new moms can do is to keep a feeding journal. A baby feeding journal will come in handy at several points in your child’s life. 

  • It can be used to help you monitor progress. Many moms love to see the growth that their newborns are experiencing on paper and a feeding journal will help you to make those documentations. What about apps? Most moms use those now
  • It can be used to track reactions. Some things you may want to keep track of how your baby responds to specific formulas or even diapers. A feeding journal is a great way to make these critical notes. 
  • You can use a feeding journal to schedule. If you need to schedule feeding, pump sessions, or time to make your baby formula, then a journal will prove handy. But you just said to feed on demand?
  • To keep notes for your pediatrician visit. If you ever want to keep a running list for questions or baby monitoring then you’ll find the journal extremely useful. 

Make a Fresh Batch of Formula Every Day

For formula-fed babies, it is important that they are not fed formula that is more than 24 hours old. In order to save time, some moms choose to make the required amount of formula for the day at once. With this, many accept the fact that one or two bottles may go unused and will be discarded. If that is okay with you then this may be a great tip. 

It is also true that formula left for over an hour unrefrigerated should also be discarded. Staying on top of these things will help you to keep your baby healthy, satisfied, and happy. 

Choose the Right Formula for Your Baby

Knowing what is the right formula for your baby is not an easy task. If you are to choose the right formula, it means that you must read the ingredients list. We highly recommend that you read the ingredients list of your infant formula and ensure that you are comfortable with the ingredients. 

You should also ensure that your values and views align with the brand you are supporting. And of course, running things by your pediatrician is always a great idea. 

Ask for Help When you Need It

Many new moms may be afraid to ask for help, but we recommend that you ask if you need it. Asking for help is a great way to prevent burnout as a new mom. Being a parent is hard, and it is entirely okay to get some help or even take a break. 

If you are bottle feeding then you can get help with feeding the baby. You can prepare the baby formula to your specification then leave it stored correctly in the refrigerator for your spouse, or family to access. This way, you can catch up on any missed sleep or even just a girl’s day. 

Let’s Summarize!

Wondering how much should you feed a one month old baby is quite a common question. To that, we say that it is recommended to feed about three to four ounces every three to four hours.Not what was said earlier in the article. However, it is important that you know that your baby can eat more or less, and that is entirely okay. There are many things that may affect how much your baby eats, such as individual differences, doctor recommendations, and formula brand recommendations. 

It is also important that you feed your baby on demand as they know when they wish to eat. Along with that, some other tips for feeding include keeping a journal to track your progress and relevant information, choosing a good brand of formula, making new formula every 24 hours, and asking questions whenever needed. 

Your team is here for you! Enjoy your newborn and this incredible feeding journey

Sources:

https://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/baby-feeding-schedule

https://www.healthline.com/health/parenting/how-many-ounces-do-newborns-need-to-eat#formula fed

https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/breastfeed

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