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Feeding Schedule for a 5-Month-Old

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author image Rose Welton
Rose Welton is a journalism major and a freelance writer. Her education is focused on nutrition and early childhood studies, making her an expert when it comes to writing about health and children's growth and development. She has written numerous articles and blog posts on various topics for online publications and has also worked on an Internet news team.
Feeding Schedule for a 5-Month-Old
Baby drinking a bottle Photo Credit Jose Luis Pelaez Inc/Blend Images/Getty Images

According to Babycenter, a baby about 5 months of age needs 12 to 36 ounces of formula or breast milk in a 24-hour period. It can be difficult to know if your baby is eating enough, especially if you are breastfeeding and unable to measure his intake. A feeding schedule can help you to make sure your baby is getting what he needs each day. Since every baby is different, you may need to adjust any schedules to his cues.

Bottle Feeding

Step 1

Give your baby a 4- to 6-ounce bottle when she wakes up in the morning.

Step 2

Feed your baby whenever he seems hungry throughout the rest of the day, as recommended by Kids Health. Some signs can help you determine if he is hungry, such as sucking on his hands, sticking out his tongue or appearing fussy.

Step 3

Continue feeding your baby formula or expressed breast milk until she has had at least 12 to 36 ounces of formula in a 24-hour period. At this age, she will eat about every four to six hours.

Step 4

Give iron-fortified rice cereal to your baby once or twice a day as long as his doctor says it is okay to do so. You can choose to offer the cereal in the morning, around lunch or dinnertime. Babycenter suggests mixing 1 tsp. of dry cereal with 4 to 5 tsp. of breast milk and then gradually thickening the consistency each day.

Breastfeeding

Step 1

Breastfeed your baby when she wakes up in the morning. Start with nursing her on one breast.

Step 2

Offer the other breast when he is finished nursing from the first one. At 5 months of age, your baby will likely nurse about 5 to 10 minutes on each breast.

Step 3

Continue to nurse your baby whenever she seems hungry throughout the day. According to Kids Health, breast milk digests easier than formula, meaning your baby may need to eat every two to three hours.

Step 4

Give iron-fortified rice cereal to your baby once or twice a day with his doctor’s permission. You can choose to offer the cereal in the morning, around lunch or dinnertime. Babycenter suggests mixing 1 tsp. of dry cereal with 4 to 5 tsp. of breast milk and then gradually thickening the consistency every day.

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