Baby Feeding Schedules

While every baby is truly different, there are certain guidelines for the intake of breast milk or formula and solids by age. Below is a general framework you can use as a guide. As always, discuss your child’s feeding schedule with your pediatrician or health care professional and adjust as needed for the needs of your specific child.

6 to 7 Month Old Feeding Schedule

Breast milk or Formula: 24 to 32 oz per day
Solids: 1 to 2 meals

When you are just starting solids, breast milk or formula should still be baby’s primary source of nutrition with one to two meals of solid food each day. Eating solid food at this stage will mostly be for practice, so don’t worry about consumption. If baby seems overly hungry or fussy when you sit them in the highchair for solid food, try offering a bit of breast milk or formula as an appetizer, wait 20 minutes, then do the solids meal, and then wait another 15-20 minutes and offer more breast milk or formula as a dessert. This can help take the edge off and help ensure baby isn’t overly hungry (or too full) for the solids meal. It is also a good idea to offer some breast milk or formula in an open cup and a straw cup at this time, alternating the open and straw cup at each meal. You may also offer small amounts of water in an open cup (our strong opinion is that it’s best to limit water at this young age to less than 2 ounces at each meal, with no more than 4 ounces per day unless otherwise advised by your pediatrician). For more on teaching baby to drink from a cup, see our Cup Drinking page.

8 to 9 Month Old Feeding Schedule

Breast milk or Formula: 24 to 32 oz per day
Solids: 2 meals

At this stage, your baby may be getting more of the hang of solid food. Continue to rely on breast milk or formula as the primary source of nutrition and also offer breast milk or formula (or small amounts of water) in an open cup or straw cup at mealtimes, alternating between open and straw cups for practice. For more on teaching baby to drink from a cup, see our Cup Drinking page. If baby is still eating just one solids meal per day, it’s a good time to increase that to two solid meals per day. At this age baby may still want to breast- or bottle-feed before bed as well. 

10 to 12 Month Old Feeding Schedule

Breast milk or Formula: 20 to 32 oz
Solids: 3 meals

Offer three meals of solid food each day along with breast milk or formula distributed across 4 breast or bottle feeds. Continue offering breast milk or formula in an open cup or straw cup with meals, alternating between open and straw cups for practice. For more on teaching baby to drink from a cup, see our Cup Drinking page. If baby doesn’t seem hungry enough for solids, is approaching 12 months of age, and is otherwise gaining weight and in good health, consider reducing the amount of time on the breast or the amount of formula in each bottle. Many parents choose to reduce (or drop) the first bottle of the day as baby gets the hang of solids. As always, discuss your baby’s schedule with your pediatrician or health care provider.

12 to 18 Month Old Feeding Schedule

Breast milk: 16 to 20 oz
Formula: Ideally none
Solids: 3 meals + 2 snacks

At this point, solid food becomes the primary source of nutrition. Baby should be eating three meals of solid foods each day, along with 2 snacks situated exactly half-way between meals. After baby’s first birthday, start to limit consumption of milk (breast milk, formula, or cow milk) to 16 ounces per 24 hours so that it does not displace solid food. If baby needs a bit more time to reach this stage, that’s fine, but be sure to discuss your feeding schedule with baby’s pediatrician or health care professional. Aim to drop all bottles no later than 15 months of age. If you’d like to continue breastfeed, by all means do so if baby is eating solids well. We suggest starting and ending your day with a breastfeed and serving breast milk, cow milk, or a milk alternative in an open or straw cup at meals. For more on milk, see our Milk FAQs. Note: Many toddlers drop a nap in this age range. Trust your gut and your baby and adapt the schedule as necessary.

18 to 24 Month Old Feeding Schedule

Breast milk: 16 oz max
Formula: none
Solids: 3 meals + 2 snacks

At 18 months of age your child should continue to be eating three meals of solid foods each day, along with 2 snacks situated exactly half-way between meals. Limit consumption of milk (breast milk, toddler formula, cow milk) to no more than 16 ounces per day so that it does not displace solid food. If you are still bottle feeding at this age or if baby doesn’t want to eat solids and only wants to breastfeed, consult your pediatrician or health care professional immediately. If you’d like to continue breastfeeding, by all means do so if baby is eating solids well. We suggest starting and ending your day with a breastfeed and serving breast milk, cow milk, or a milk alternative in an open or straw cup at meals. For more on milk, see our Milk FAQs.

Want to learn more? Watch our video on feeding schedules and weaning.