Seven week old baby feeding

Seven-Week-Old Baby Feeding Schedule & Amounts

By Motherly Updated April 7, 2022

Although your seven-week-old’s feeding schedule probably hasn’t changed too dramatically in the past few weeks, you may find that it’s much easier for you to manage. After all, they say it takes a few weeks to create a habit—and that applies whether you are breastfeeding, formula-feeding or combo-feeding. Be sure to celebrate the little wins both for yourself and your baby. When you do, we bet there is a lot to celebrate!

How much should a seven-week-old baby eat?

The American Academy of Pediatrics and La Leche League recommend the following feeding schedules and amounts for 7-week-olds.

Breast milk: 2 to 3 ounces every 2 to 3 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.

Related: 2-month-old baby milestones

What’s a good seven-week-old baby 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.

Related: Baby Sleep Guides & Schedules

How can I boost breast milk supply?

For breastfeeding and/or pumping mamas, the breast milk supply generally regulates between six and 12 weeks postpartum. When this happens, you may find your milk supply lessens. That’s not necessarily cause for concern: Supply tends to meet the baby’s demand. If you would like to boost breast milk production, however, there are a few tried-and-true tips outlined in this how-to guide. Because supply is so linked to demand, also be sure to be consistent with feeding or pumping.

With your baby’s two-month well-check right around the corner, make an effort this week to write down any questions or concerns you have about your baby’s feeding schedule, tummy troubles or formula. Trust us, pediatricians have seen and heard a lot—so there is no such thing as a silly question. You should also feel supported in your efforts to continue feeding your baby the way that works best for your family. You’ve got this!

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A version of this story was published October 17, 2021. It has been updated.

7-Week-Old Baby Milestones – Happiest Baby

By Dr. Harvey Karp, MD, FAAP

Your baby is rounding the corner on their second month of life—and those sleepy newborn days may feel like a distant memory. By now, your baby is really waking up to—and is fascinated by—the amazing lights, colors, and sounds all around.

You’re really getting a glimpse of what playtime will look like as your baby gets older. There’s still lots of watching everyone coming and going, but also lots more interest in active play. As a result, you’ll notice new skills, like batting at toys, holding the head for longer periods, and having fun grasping small objects, like a rattle. 

Feeding Your 7-Week-Old Baby

For a tiny little nugget, your baby may have quite the appetite! Generally, babies gain 1.5 to 2 pounds of body weight per month. Regular feeding—every couple of hours—is still important to keep your baby fueled.

Your 7-Week-Old Baby’s Development

All these feedings give energy for tummy time, but also nourish very active brain growth. Whether your baby consumes breast milk, formula, or a combination of the two, the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients they digest are essential for building the brain’s important pathways. Amazingly, your baby’s brain is adding 250,000 to 500,000 cells every second!

7-Week-Old Baby Sleep

Your 7-week-old baby should be sleeping really well (in SNOO babies often have 5, 6, or even 7-hour stretches of continuous sleep). And all that rest is helping them make the most of their awake periods. In early weeks, babies just wake up and quietly look around, but now your baby spends longer periods actively alert and playful. By watching them track moving objects with their eyes and batting at things with their hands you can see that the senses are starting to come together in ways that build the foundation for major motor skills to come!

As much fun as you two may be having together, it’s important to schedule some mellow downtime. Ideas include taking walks, singing lullabies, doing little massages, and rocking in a rocking chair.

7 Week-Old Baby Sleep Regressions

Some parents notice a sleep regression as their little one approaches 3 months. Regressions are marked by early-morning or middle-of-the-night wakeups and trouble falling asleep that seemingly sneaks up on you (and your baby) out of the blue. When it comes to sleep regressions, the best cure is prevention. I advise continuing to use the 5 S’s (or SNOO), to help soothe your baby to sleep. You might want to consider using a dream feed to top your baby off before bed. And be sure to get outside early in the day—this can help get your baby’s internal clock back on track!

Your 7-Week-Old Baby’s Health

How to Spot a Fever

Fevers aren’t pleasant at any age. For infants younger than 12 weeks, however, any temperature above the normal range is cause to ring up your pediatrician.

  • Before 6 months of age, the most reliable ways to check for fever are with rectal, forehead, or under-arm thermometers (not ear thermometers). A fever is a temperature above 100.4° F rectal or forehead or above 99° F for under-the-arm.
  • As well as feeling hot to the touch, symptoms associated with fever include irritability (more than usual and not just at the witching hour), lethargy (very little good alert time, sleepiness to where baby is just not eating what you would expect).
  • Viral infections are the most common cause of fevers, but bacterial infections in the babies are common, too, and can worsen quickly. 
  • If your infant younger than 3 months has a fever, do not treat the fever with medication before seeing a pediatrician. Call to discuss your baby’s condition right away…don’t wait for the morning. 

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About Dr. Harvey Karp

Dr. Harvey Karp, one of America’s most trusted pediatricians, is the founder of Happiest Baby and the inventor of the groundbreaking SNOO Smart Sleeper. After years of treating patients in Los Angeles, Dr. Karp vaulted to global prominence with the release of the bestselling Happiest Baby on the Block and Happiest Toddler on the Block. His celebrated books and videos have since become standard pediatric practice, translated into more than 20 languages and have helped millions of parents. Dr. Karp’s landmark methods, including the 5 S’s for soothing babies, guide parents to understand and nurture their children and relieve stressful issues, like new-parent exhaustion, infant crying, and toddler tantrums.

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Breastfeeding norms for newborns

When a child is born in a family, parents have many questions about the proper care of the baby. One of the most frequently asked questions is related to breastfeeding norms.

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Starting from the first feeding and in the first days of life, the child receives colostrum. It is very nutritious. The newborn eats little, but remains full. The volume of the stomach in babies in the first days of life does not exceed 10 ml. In one day, a baby eats about 100 ml of breast milk. This volume is increasing every day. For a baby older than 10 days, it is very easy to calculate the feeding rate. To do this, you need to multiply the number of days lived by 10. The amount of food eaten per day should be 1/5 of the baby's body weight.

To determine the rate of feeding children from the first month of life to a year, experts have developed the following table for calculating the volume of feeding:

You can also determine the correct amount of food for feeding a baby, focusing on the age, weight, behavior and development of the child.

At present, the so-called free-feeding regimen is recommended, i.e., to give the child a breast not according to the schedule, but at his first request, including at night. This allows the baby to take full advantage of the first milk - colostrum, which is characterized by a high concentration of antimicrobial factors, which prevents the possibility of infection of the newborn. Colostrum, which contains a high percentage of protein and minerals, even in small quantities satisfies the nutritional needs of the child. In addition, the entry of colostrum into the child's digestive tract ensures a faster "maturation" of the intestinal mucosa. A mother can learn to correctly identify the "hungry" cry of her child: at the same time, he turns his head in search of the mother's breast, smacks his lips, cries loudly, insistently. Usually, with a free-feeding regimen, a newborn baby receives breasts up to 10-12 times a day. on, initiating the secretion and release of milk. It has been shown that with free feeding, the volume of milk is 1.5 times higher than with hourly feeding. Subsequently, as the child grows, he usually develops his own feeding regimen by 2-3 months - from 6 to 8 times a day and, as a rule, without a night break. Observations show that with this feeding regime, children are distinguished by calm behavior, good mood, sleep soundly, give normal weight gain, and mothers produce more breast milk and the ability to secrete it lasts longer.

How can you tell if your baby is getting enough milk?

There is a so-called "wet diaper test". If the baby receives the necessary daily nutritional intake, he pees an average of 16-18 times. At the same time, 6-8 or more richly filled diapers are usually spent per day.

You can also determine if a child is getting enough nutrition by observing how much weight he gains each month. Infants from 2 to 13 weeks of age should gain between 170 and 200 grams per week.

Keep track of whether the baby grows out of the clothes he wears and out of diapers. If the baby eats properly, then on the 10-14th day of life, he returns to his original weight at birth. Babies who get enough food also sleep well and look cheerful and cheerful.


Learn more about proper breastfeeding and check out our blog for tips.

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  • Skin with diaper rash should be blotted with a towel after bathing, not dried.
  • Do not tighten diapers too tight, let the air circulate freely inside. And we choose loose clothes so that the skin breathes, and the movements are not constrained.
  • For washing we do not use products with fragrances and conditioners, we rinse all things thoroughly.
  • Walks: how much to walk, how to dress a baby 7 weeks of life

    Walks are extremely important for the health of the little one, do not neglect them. If there is no way to escape from the house with a stroller, wrap the child in a blanket and just sit with him on the balcony. Or roll out the stroller to the balcony, let the baby sleep in the air. If there is no balcony, open the window wide, wrap the baby up and put to bed.

    • Winter walks should not exceed 1 hour.
    • Summer walks take from 20 minutes to 3-4 hours.

    The baby still does not warm himself, so be careful about his clothes for walking. Rule of thumb: dress as you are + 1 more layer of clothing .

    Development of a child at the seventh week of life: games and developmental activities

    At seven weeks of age, a toddler is already able to "play" alone for some time. For example, in your bed next to a musical carousel or lying on your tummy on a developing mat.

    Of course, it's much more fun to play with mom and dad, especially since the selection of games and toys is getting wider.

    1. Periodically we shift the baby from the crib to the sofa so that she can see all her relatives and be able to follow what is happening.
    2. We imitate (imitate) the sounds that the baby makes. You can even record them on a voice recorder and let the baby listen. In most cases, he will begin to communicate with his own voice.
    3. Telling fairy tales to the little one. Preferably in faces, artistically, with an expression, so that the tone of the voice and volume change, so that the characters of the fairy tale can be shown in pictures. In short, we show the baby mini-performances.
    4. Pronounce nursery rhymes clearly so that all sounds and intonations can be heard.
    5. Mandatory we introduce father, grandmother, brother/sister to games . Just do not be too zealous so as not to overexcite the child.
    6. You can buy bright soft cuffs/socks (even with bells). Put them on the right arm / leg, then on the left, accompanying the process with comments.
    7. We buy educational dolls, these are toys in the form of gloves on the hand. They are suitable for mini-performances, and just for fun communication with the baby.
    8. Be sure to give the baby in the arms toys with different textures and different sounds (squeakers and rattles, rustling and creaking toys). The more often you change them, the faster the baby realizes that toys come in different colors, sizes, textures and sounds.
    9. We fasten all over the room bright patterns, balls, ribbons . We change them regularly (especially in terms of colors).

    Games and gymnastics for physical development