Does it feel like you've really got the hang of feeding your 11-week-old baby, mama? Sure, you've probably made some adjustments along the way—but you two are probably falling into a comfortable breastfeeding, formula-feeding, pumping and/or combo feeding rhythm these days. Your baby's feeding schedule will continue to evolve. But, as you know by now, you've got this!
How much should a 11-week-old eat?
The American Academy of Pediatrics and La Leche League recommend the following feeding schedules and amounts for 11-week-olds.
Breast milk: 4 to 5 ounces every 3 to 4 hours
Formula: 4 to 5 ounces every 4 hours. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) also recommends that parents should follow the responsive feeding method, also known as feeding on demand, which looks to the infant's hunger cues for when to feed. The schedules below are just examples—be sure to follow your baby's hunger signals to know when your little one is ready for the next feeding. As babies get older, their hunger cues and feeding times start to become a little more predictable.
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What’s a good 11-week-old feeding schedule?
Remember, it's more important that you follow your baby's cues than adhere to a set schedule, so schedules outlined are general guides of how frequently you'll feed your baby—not hard-and-fast rules.
These guidelines also apply primarily to infants born full-term and without any underlying medical conditions. For preterm infants, babies with certain medical conditions or for any specific questions pertaining to your child, be sure to consult your child's pediatrician for a more customized feeding schedule.
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What is combo feeding and how does that affect an 11-week-old baby’s feeding schedule?
Also known as mixed feeding, combo feeding describes offering your baby both breast milk and formula. Although this is a lesser known option, it is quite common: About one in three mamas supplement breast milk with formula by the time their baby is 6 months old. With mixed feeding, you can offer just breast milk, just formula or a combination of the two in the bottle for a feeding. There's no need to measure how much breast milk your baby consumes while breastfeeding. During formula-feeding sessions or while offering a mixed bottle, follow the formula-feeding guidelines for an 11-week-old baby. Learn more about combo feeding in this comprehensive guide with shopping suggestions.
Mama, when it comes to feeding your baby, it isn't just black and white. Rather, you get to decide what works best for you—and there's no harm in experimenting with a few different options, such as combo-feeding or pumping. With your baby's 3-month milestone right around the corner, take this time to reflect on how much they've grown thanks to your help with those feeding sessions. You're a rockstar!
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- Subscribe to the Becoming Mama podcast
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A version of this story was published October 17, 2021. It has been updated.