How Much Should a 2-Month-Old Eat?

Eating and Growing

When it comes to young infants, many parents wonder if their babies are eating enough. The good news is that most babies are excellent at regulating their own intake if parents and caregivers pay attention to their cues for hunger and satiety. Most babies eat as much as they need and will stop eating when they are no longer hungry. The bottom line is that if your baby is happy, growing and making enough wet and dirty diapers, he is probably eating as much as he needs to eat.

From the Tap: Breastfed Babies

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Because breast milk is easily digested and nutrient-dense, many breastfed babies eat smaller quantities more often than formula-fed babies. It isn't unusual for breastfed babies to want to eat every two to three hours around the clock for the first month or two. After their stomachs are a bit bigger, they start to eat more during each feeding and can last a bit longer between meals. Because it is difficult to measure how much a breastfed baby is actually eating, most experts recommend paying attention to the number of wet or dirty diapers. For the first month of life, most babies have around six wet diapers and three to four dirty ones each day. Thankfully, this number decreases as babies get older, and your two-month old may no longer have a dirty diaper after every meal, or even every day.

From the Bottle: Formula-Fed Babies

For formula-fed babies or babies drinking pumped breast milk from a bottle, it can be helpful to have a ballpark amount for how much you can expect your baby to eat. This can help you to avoid defrosting too much pumped milk, or fixing more formula than your baby will eat and having to discard the extra. For babies under 6 months old, expect them to drink between 2 and 2.5 ounces every 24 hours for every pound of body weight. If you have a baby who weighs 10 pounds, you can expect him to drink between 20 and 25 ounces of formula every 24 hours. Most babies will eat as much as they need from a bottle, so if your baby smacks his lips or roots around after finishing a bottle, he may still be hungry. If he starts to fuss or turn away from the nipple, he has probably had enough even if there is a bit left in the bottom of the bottle.

When to Check In

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Why Is My Baby Always Hungry?

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Your pediatrician will help you to monitor and make sure your baby gains weight like she should. The doctor will weigh and measure your baby at every visit and check her growth on a chart. If you are concerned about your baby's growth or if she is consistently fussy, lethargic, or unsatisfied after feeding, talk with your doctor about your concerns. You should also let your doctor know if your baby goes more than three days without a dirty diaper.