You’ve seen the commercials. You’ve walked by the aisles in the store. You may have even been shamed by a well-meaning friend or family member for not having enough bottles on hand. But how many bottles does a baby really need?
The answer, of course, is that it depends. It depends on how often you plan to feed your baby, how much breast milk or formula your baby eats, and whether or not you’re using disposable or reusable bottles.
On average, newborn babies eat about 8 to 12 times per day. This means that if you’re feeding your baby formula, you’ll need about 3 to 4 ounces per bottle.
For breastfed babies, it’s a little less predictable since they may eat anywhere from 2 to 5 ounces per feeding. And if you’re using disposable bottles, you’ll obviously need more since you’ll be discarding them after each use.
So, what’s the bottom line?
A rough estimate is that you’ll need between 6 and 12 bottles if you’re formula-feeding and between 4 and 8 bottles if you’re breastfeeding. Of course, it’s always better to have too many than too few!
Don’t be swayed by the commercials or peer pressure—only YOU know how many bottles your baby will need.
A good rule of thumb is to have between 6 and 12 bottles on hand if you’re formula-feeding and between 4 and 8 bottles if you’re breastfeeding. But at the end of the day, it’s always better to have too many than too few.
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