How much milk powder to put in the bottle

There is no doubt that the breastmilk It is one of the best foods that the baby can and should consume from the first day of life. In fact, we must say that in reality it should be the only one, since in the end it becomes the best food for the infant.

With just knowing and paying attention to the benefits of breast milk we realize why it is a fundamental food for the newborn and the baby: it is very rich in essential nutrients such as water, proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and hormones.

In addition, breast milk protects against infections thanks to its richness in antibodies, lower chances of allergies and asthma, decreased risk of sudden death, decreased diabetes or obesity in adulthood, as well as lower risk of otitis and other infectious respiratory diseases, in addition to diarrhea.

In fact, During the first 6 months of life WHO recommends breastfeeding exclusively for feeding the baby, being much more appropriate to opt for a food on demand, which means that we feed it when he requires it. In this sense, as you can imagine, some babies will do it more times a day, and others less, so that the intervals in ones will be of 2 or 3 hours, and in others of 4. But it should not be a reason for concern.

However, in those moments in which breast milk is supplemented with formula milk (ie, bottle milk), or when for some reason or other it replaces the first, there are many questions that may appear in the mother and in dad. One of the most common is the one related to amount of milk powder to put in the bottle.

If this is the first time you are going to give your baby this type of milk, it is normal that you have this doubt.

Be that as it may, the truth is that in most cases you will find in the formula milk container an indicative table with the amounts of milk powder to put in the bottle and the amount of water to add, depending on the age of the baby. Since a baby of 1 month should not drink the same amount as a baby of 3 or 6 months.

This table is based on average requirements, although it is true that it can vary from one container to another (that is, from one brand of formula milk to another), and from the indication given by the doctor.

However, below we indicate, on average, what are the quantities specified in most of the packages:

Baby's age

Straight measures

Water (ml)

Tomas al día

0 to 2 weeks




2 to 8 weeks




2 to 3 months




3 to 6 months




6 months or more




You should bear in mind that these amounts may vary from one brand to another, and also by the indications given by the doctor. Always remember to consult any questions with the pediatrician. This article is published for informational purposes only. You can not and should not replace the consultation with a Pediatrician. We advise you to consult your trusted pediatrician. ThemesSupplementary feeding

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