My 5-month-old baby weighs 18 pounds and drinks about 24 to 29 ounces per day. I read that the right amount should be 2½ ounces per pound, so that means she should be drinking 55 ounces total. She just started eating solid food twice a day and eats an ounce or less of it. Is she getting the right nutrition?
Actually, Letty, a 5-month-old baby should be drinking about 40 ounces of breast milk or formula per day to ensure adequate calories, vitamins and minerals. The American Academy of Pediatrics is now suggesting that solid food introduction be held until after six months, partially because babies are growing so much during the first half-year that they need the maximum calories and nutrients. Solid foods, such as cereals, do not contain as many calories or vitamins per ounce as breast milk or formula, so the more solid food your baby gets, the less breast milk or formula she will take.
Having said all that, your baby seems to be gaining appropriate weight for her age, especially if her birth weight was less than 9 pounds. To ensure that she is getting all the nutrients she needs, let her nurse or give her formula before you feed her solids.
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