One of the hardest parts of having a newborn is being able to tell whether or not baby has eaten enough.
Bottle feeding makes it easier for parents to see how many ounces baby has gotten, but in the first few days of establishing a milk supply (if you decide to breastfeed), it’s so important to feed from the breast. Doing so tells the body how much milk to make.
It is, therefore, important to feed often. You can’t feed your baby too much from the breast! With that being said, breastfeeding doesn’t come easily and oftentimes, mamas don’t know if their baby is getting enough (wouldn’t it be nice if bellies had measuring cups in them?!).
At first, a newborn needs only 1-3 ounces of breastmilk every 2-3 hours during the day, and to go no longer than 4 hours at night without eating. For formula, babies eat around 3 ounces and can sometimes sleep longer stretches because formula take longer to metabolize. As a rule, babies really shouldn’t go longer than 4 hours without eating the first few weeks of life until they gain back their birth weight.
The info-graph below has a few cues to look out for when trying to figure out if baby has eaten enough—it’s ALL about the output!
Kellymom was a great resource to me for all of my new mom feeding questions, mostly surrounding breastfeeding. You can visit her here.