Newborn Baby Feeding Guide

    Newborn hunger cues

    Moves head from side to side
    Opening their mouths
    Sticking out their tongues



    How much should a newborn eat?

    Liquid intake
    • 2-3 fl oz (60-90 mL) every 3-4 hours (6-8 feedings/day)


    • Look for an infant formula that has about 17 mg/100 kcal of Docosahexaenoic Acid (0.32% DHA).
    • This will help ensure your baby is getting a DHA amount similar to the average amount in world wide breast milk.*
    • Breast milk
    • Infant formula, iron-fortified
    • Liquid

    Breast milk provides the optimal nutrition for your baby.

    How to tell if your baby is getting enough to eat:

    • 6-8 wet diapers a day
    • Loose yellowish stool (1st month)
    • Appropriate weight gain


    • Lactating women should have at least 200 mg of DHA/day†. Eat foods rich in DHA, especially
      fatty fish such as salmon, to support your baby’s normal brain and eye development.§
    • All breastfed infants should receive a daily Vitamin D supplement of 400 IU (10 μg) until their diet provides it.



    * Average amount of DHA and ARA in worldwide breast milk is 0.32% and 0.47% (mean ± standard deviation of total fatty acids) based on an analysis of 65 studies of 2,474 women).
    † Koletzko B et al. J Perinat. Med. 2008;36:5-14.
    § For example, herring, mackerel, pollock, salmon and shrimp. Visit the FDA website for advice regarding eating fish.