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Your Baby Week Four

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Updated June 04, 2014

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Your Baby's Eating Habits
A Well-Satisfied and Well-Fed Breastfed Baby

A Well-Satisfied and Well-Fed Breastfed Baby

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Unfortunately, there is not really a rule for how much your baby should be eating at this age. Instead of an absolute amount or length of time for feedings, you should usually just look for signs that your baby is eating enough, include that she:
  • has regained her birthweight by two weeks and is now steadily gaining about one-half ounce to one ounce each day
  • is urinating regularly and is having at least six soaking wet diapers each day
  • is having two or three soft bowel movements each day

Is My Baby Getting Enough Breastmilk?

In addition to the signs above, you can be confident that your breastfeeding baby is getting enough to eat if your baby is latching on well and you notice the characteristic 'suck, pause, swallow' that breastfeeding babies often have.

If your baby is outside the typical range of 8 to 12 feedings a day, which usually includes at least one feeding during the night, be sure to talk to your pediatrician and consider having your baby weighed.

Is My Baby Getting Enough Formula?

While it is often easier to tell exactly how much your baby is eating when she is drinking from a bottle, that doesn't really mean that you know it is enough. While some four-week-olds are already drinking five to six ounces of formula from a bottle, others are still at only three or four ounces.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, in the book Your Baby's First Year, states that 'most babies are satisfied with 3 to 4 ounces per feeding during the first month, and increase that amount by 1 ounce per month until reaching 8 ounces.'

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