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Formula - Offering different amounts at each feed?

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sailorcherries Fri 20-Oct-17 16:41:33

Until about 3.5 months my LO was a dream to feed, he'd take about 5 to 6 oz 5 times per day.
When he hit the 3.5 month mark he started eating less overall and each feed was a different amount overall, including a dream feed which seen him through the night.

Finally at 5 months he has started to eat more again but he has very little in the morning and before bed, two larger bottles during the day and a small amount at his dream feed.

Is it okay to vary the amounts offered to suit? He gets an 8oz bottle in the morning and takes 5 or 6oz, occasionally 7oz. He then gets two 9oz bottles during the day and takes 8oz. Before bed it's another 8oz bottle and he takes around 5 or 6oz. Them at 10.30pm/11pm he has a dream feed of around 3oz.

Is such a variation okay?

dementedpixie Fri 20-Oct-17 19:42:32

Yes its fine

Lostmyemailaddress Fri 20-Oct-17 19:48:49

The amount of bottles it says on the box such as 5 6oz bottles in 24 hours is basically a guide. My dd3 varies the amounts she takes but added together they add up to the recommended amount and sometimes more. As long as your ds is happy and growing I wouldn't worry too much smile

Changerofname987654321 Fri 20-Oct-17 19:50:22

Yes. There should always be some milk left in the bottle. If your baby drinks it all then you need to offer more milk.

sailorcherries Fri 20-Oct-17 20:13:44

I know when to up his amount. At no point is he draining the bottle.

It's more the offering an 8oz, 9oz, 9oz, 8oz then 4oz dream feed, as opposed to 5 or 6 7oz bottles for example.

dementedpixie Fri 20-Oct-17 20:36:46

Mine was the other way round and took larger am and pm bottles with smaller daytime ones

Changerofname987654321 Sat 21-Oct-17 17:58:37

My DD used to have 11oz at time, several times a night and then during the day have between 1/2oz to 4oz.

As long as they have enough wet and dirty nappies and are putting on weight then it is all fine.

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