The AAP recommends that all infants be fed breast milk or iron-fortified formula for at least 12 months.
Your baby will have a slightly different feeding pattern depending on whether she is breastfed or formula fed.
In general, breastfed babies tend to eat more often.
Formula-fed babies may need to eat about 6 to 8 times per day.
- Start newborns with 2 to 3 ounces of formula per feeding (for a total of 16 to 24 ounces per day).
- As with breastfeeding, the number of feedings will decrease as the baby gets older, but the amount of formula will increase to approximately 6 to 8 ounces per feeding.
- At 4 to 6 months of age, an infant should be consuming 28 to 45 ounces of formula and is often ready to start the transition to solid foods.
Infant formula can be used until a child is 1 year old. The AAP does not recommend regular cow's milk for children under 1 year old. After 1 year, the child should only get whole milk, not skim or reduced-fat milk.
Standard formulas contain 20 Kcal/ounce and 0.45 grams of protein/ounce. Formulas based on cow's milk are appropriate for most full-term and preterm infants.
Infants who drink enough formula and are gaining weight usually do not need extra vitamins or minerals. Your doctor or nurse may prescribe extra fluoride if the formula is being made with water that has not been fluorinated.