How often a bottle?

Especially at the beginning of the baby time to ask many parents how often they are to give their baby the bottle so that it is full and can develop healthily. Here you can inform you about the right amount of milk for your baby and learn on how many meals a day you should distribute them.

If your baby has just been born, it is still tiny and looks very fragile. Since it is quite clear that you are particularly concerned, especially during the first months of life, whether your child is drinking enough milk, so it can grow and prosper. But do not worry: as long as your baby is actively and alert, it is not usually supplied. However, if you still are unsure whether your baby is drinking enough, you can register here over approximate values ​​inform how often you should give your baby the bottle and how much milk it needs a day.

How much milk does your child?

  • 1 week: In the first week you can your baby feed as needed, because his stomach is still very small and can not hold much food at one time.
  • 2 weeks: Within the second week of the milk demand stabilized at around 400-560 ml per day on. Distribute this amount to about 8 vials.
  • 3rd 4th Week: By the end of the fourth week of life, the milk demand continues to increase to 500-650 ml at. 7-8 vials daily are recommended.
  • 2nd month: Babies need at this age about 150ml per kilogram of body weight. 6 meals daily can be enough.
  • from the 5th month: With the Introduction of complementary foods slowly falling more and more bottles meals away until your baby only two vials per day gets.

Below you can find detailed information about how the milk needs of your child changed in the first months of life and what are the reasons for these changes.

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The first few weeks, many small meals

In the first weeks after birth you can depend primarily on the desire your baby like the bottle type. Fixed times for feeding or restricting the bottles meals on a certain number are not useful at this age. Since Pre milk is similar to liquid as breast milk and as carbohydrate only contains lactose, you need not worry that you overfeeding your child. The Feeding on demand with pre milk therefore no problem. The daily milk needs of infants increases generally progressively within the first week of beginning 50 to 70 milliliters (ml) per kilogram body weight to about 100 to 140 ml. This results in the "average infant" with a weight of about 4000 grams of a approximate daily drinking amount of 400 to 560 ml. Within the next few weeks, the demand then increases to 500 to 650 ml per day.

Since the stomach your baby is very small in the first few weeks yet, slightly larger than a ping pong ball, it can only drink very little milk at every meal. Because such small amounts do not last long and infant formula is highly digestible usually in order not to burden the immature gastrointestinal tract too much, your baby will probably require every two to three hours after a meal, even at night. About eight meals a day are therefore perfectly normal. From about the third week of life when the stomach is a bit larger, it may be that the amount consumed per meal increases slightly and thus removes a "feeding".

From the second month: Meals are greater

After the first four weeks, the amount consumed per meal increases slightly, while the number of meals further reduced. The milk is saturated Your baby so for slightly longer periods of time. How much milk a baby needs at this time is different from child to child and depends largely on body size and metabolism from. As a rough rule of thumb, however, the following applies: Approximately 150 ml per kilogram of body weight, a total of not more than one liter per day.

An example: If your three month old baby is five kilos, it requires 5 x 150 ml, ie 750 ml of milk per day. If you split these six meals, each vial contains about 125 ml.

With the introduction of complementary foods for fifth month, the milk meals gradually decrease as your baby is satiated through other foods and drinks even more liquid next to the milk. From about the sixth month of life, when a fixed day-night cycle has set in your baby, it can also make do at night times without a bottle.

What if the baby is not sick?

In principle, you can feed them through with pre milk the entire first year of life your baby. A switch to formula milk is not necessary, as in pre milk all the essential nutrients are included, and the formula milk is supplemented from the fifth month already by the complementary foods. If the daily fluid intake of your child, but over a longer period exceeds a liter per day, it may be that the current formula milk is no longer enough. In such a case, the switch can help to another milk. For foods that are not designated as pre However, you should then you closely as possible to the dosage instructions on the packaging hold to prevent you overfeeding your baby. More about the different types of dairy food you can find out in our article "bottle: Which milk for the baby?".


Thick milk for your baby never even, for example, with cereals, on. This could result in your baby to digestive problems or incidents earlier allergies. More on this topic you can in the article "Can I baby milk do it yourself?" Read.

Variations in fluid intake in both directions

With all the concern about whether your child also takes enough milk to him, you should make you crazy in no case. The above figures are purely for guidance and represent a rough overview of the average needs of babies of different ages. Deviations are quite normal in both directions, therefore, as each baby individually designed and metabolism every child works differently. If your baby is, for example, especially in a growth spurt, it will probably drink a lot more than usual. Even in summer, your child will require more frequent after the bottle as it loses more fluids through sweating and is more often thirsty.

Babies have a very reliable sense of how much food they need in general. Therefore sign up mostly by itself, when they are hungry and stop drinking when they're full. For this reason, you should never force you to drink the vial completely when it signaled that it would not continue to drink your baby. When a baby in a day than usual drinks a little less, it will make up for the next day with a high probability again. Do you so do not worry too much if you feed even a bottle more or less than you planned. As long as your baby grows and well developed, there is no need to worry.

When to see a doctor?

Small or occasional deviations from the above-mentioned drinking amounts are completely harmless. If you, however, a conspicuous, persistent mismatch between the theoretical requirement and the actual amount consumed your baby's notice, you should discuss this with your pediatrician.

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