Normal Feeding

Feeding Patterns

Most healthy, bottle-fed infants eat 2 to 4 ounces every 2 to 4 hours (six to nine feedings in 24 hours) by the end of the first week of life; breastfed infants prefer shorter intervals—feeding every 1 to 3 hours. Intake is adequate if the neonate is gaining weight appropriately and appears content between feedings. Feedings should be considered as having progressed satisfactorily if the infant is no longer losing weight by 5 to 7 days and is gaining weight by 12 to 14 days.
Parents usually need reassurance that their infant is obtaining adequate nutrition because of the wide variation in the intake of normal infants.
It is important to appreciate that infants cry for reasons other than hunger and that they need not be fed every time they cry.
  • Newborn - 110Kcal/kg/day
  • 12 Month - 10 Kcal/kg/day
  • q2-3h, monitor Urine output & wt. gain.
  • Max. overnight interval - 4 hr.
  • Signs of hunger: suckling of hand or fingers, arm movement towards mouth = feed baby now.