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Old 01-21-2009, 11:17 AM   #1
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Old 01-22-2009, 11:33 PM   #2
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Re: how much should a 5 week old eat

My baby was 9.75 lbs when he was born and was drinking 2 ounces of milk every 2-3 hours during the first 2-4 weeks and gradually increased it to 3-4 ounces when he was a month old. At 2 months he was taking 4-5 ounces every 3-4 hours.

He is now drinking 5-6 ounces every 3-4 hours but at night he sleeps for 6-7 hours straight and when he wakes up, he would take a 7 ounces milk in 6 minutes without throwing up.

My baby was also 11 lbs by the time he was 4 weeks old so it depends on the size or weight of your baby.

But giving 3 ounces by 1 month every 3-4 hours wont hurt your baby. You should look for cues like crying after 2 hours, meaning he or she is hungry again or throwing up meaning you are overfeeding although this things doesnt necessary means hungry or overfeeding. It could be other discomforts or reflux.

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Old 01-23-2009, 08:47 AM   #3
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Re: how much should a 5 week old eat

This, along with everything else, varies greatly by child. As long as she's peeing and pooping well, and weight isn't a concern, then a child should be allowed to eat as much or as little as they like.
At 5 weeks I believe my son was taking about 2oz every 3 hours.

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Old 01-23-2009, 04:00 PM   #4
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Re: how much should a 5 week old eat

Hi. My daughter Elora was five weeks yesterday. She is eating about 4-5 oz every 4 hours. It isn't set in stone though, sometimes she eats more, sometimes she eats less. I try to feed her a little more often during the day so that she feeds less at night time. But it doesn't really matter what I want her to do, she does what she wants. But for the most part, that is the average she eats. I am not 100% sure on her weight but I think she weighs about 8.5-9 lbs maybe. She was born December 18th.

Old 02-20-2009, 03:41 PM   #5
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Re: how much should a 5 week old eat

my 5 week old is eating anywhere from 5-9 oz at a time every 3-4 hours, i think this is too much but the doc says that it is fine. does anyone else know about this?

Old 02-21-2009, 05:04 AM   #6
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Re: how much should a 5 week old eat

Your baby is going to eat as much as they want at each feeding. They know how hungry they are, and sometimes they throw us a curve ball and rapidly increase or decrease their food intake. Between sudden growth spurts and spells of not feeling well, sometimes it is hard to know how much a baby will eat at one time. DS ate 5 oz every 1.5 hours a few weeks ago, now he's down to 2-3 every 1.5 hours, but he weighs 16lbs and is 10 weeks old, so trust your baby to know how much they want to eat.
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Old 02-22-2009, 07:30 AM   #7
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Re: how much should a 5 week old eat

My little girl was born Dec. 8, and wieghed 5.5 pounds. Her intake of the formula is 3 ounces every 2-3 hours. As long as your baby is eating and gainging weight (and not losin) then everything should be okay .
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