It is not a competition.

Some mothers feel that their baby must be “bigger” than the baby of a friend or a relation, otherwise they may be considered an “inadequate” mother in the eyes of others. Or a mother might interpret every cry of her baby as saying,”Waaah! I’m hungry! Feed me! Feed me!”. It is through such various feelings of misplaced guilt on the part of their mothers that infants and children get over-fed and placed on a pathway to later obesity.

On average, a breastfeeding mother can provide approximately 750 ml to 850 ml of breast milk per day during the first six months of breastfeeding. On the other hand, there is no physical limit on how many bottles of baby formula can be prepared. Baby formula label mixing instructions and feeding tables therefore need to be taken most seriously, as they have been calculated very carefully to provide appropriate daily feeding.

The number of scoops recommended is based on LEVEL scoopfuls, not heaped scoopfuls, so each scoop of powder should be levelled off with a handy (and clean) kitchen knife. The number of scoops recommended for each feed should be adhered to — so none of that, “Oh, and I’ll add another scoop for good luck.” And the number of feeds per day recommended should be taken seriously. Remember that your baby’s health for the long term is much more important than being “competitive” on baby size.