My wife and I are arguing how much to feed our 2 month old. What is an appropriate schedule? She started spitting up more than normal, and I feel it's because we are overfeeding her by giving her a bottle every 2 hours instead of something more akin to every 3-4 hours.

But she's recently lost a pound due to a weeklong respiratory infection, so I'm not sure what's appropriate as the baby is coming out of the sickness.

asked 22 Feb '10, 01:43

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edited 22 Feb '10, 02:23

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I breastfeed, so it may be different, but my practice has always been offer the baby a chance to eat when she seems hungry - if she eats, she is. If she doesn't, she isn't. This article says that a 2 month old formula-fed baby will eat 4-5 oz per feeding.

It also says this about spitting up:

Spitting up a small amount — less than 1 ounce (30 ml) — shouldn't be a concern as long as it happens within an hour of feeding and doesn't bother the baby.

Also, says "The peak age for spitting up is 4 months." which says to me that it isn't uncommon for a two month old to spit up more than a one month old, and a three month old more than a two month old, etc. I'm not sure if that's what they meant exactly, but that's my interpretation. You can read the full article here.


answered 22 Feb '10, 02:34

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+1 for following babies cue's. They don't have the same associations with food we do, they eat when they're hungry and quit when they're full.

(22 Feb '10, 07:12) Neen

I have to add that with bottle-feeding you have to be a bit more careful, because the baby can eat more than when breast feeding (because it's easier).

(22 Feb '10, 10:17) brandstaetter

Thanks @brandstaetter for the clarification :)

(22 Feb '10, 15:49) Fun2Dream
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