How Much Milk Should a 4 Month Old Baby Drink?

By Becky Martinez
Four-month-olds generally drink 24 to 35 ounces daily.
Four-month-olds generally drink 24 to 35 ounces daily.

Time Feeding

Women who nurse often measure a feeding using minutes.
Women who nurse often measure a feeding using minutes.

A 4-month-old cannot drink milk, other than breast milk. According to Kids Health, cow milk should not be introduced until a child reaches the age of one. Family Education suggests infants at this age should be nursing on breast milk or infant formula for about 20 minutes, including burping. Formula fed babies generally take 10 to 15 minutes to complete a bottle.

Ounce Feeding

In ounces, the University of California Cooperative Extension indicates the average 4-month-old should have four to five feedings a day. Generally each serving is six to seven ounces with a total of about 24 to 35 ounces daily.

Bottom Line

Solid food can be introduced at 4 months.
Solid food can be introduced at 4 months.

Many babies start solid foods such as rice cereal, fruits, and vegetables at 4 months old. Once solids are introduced, babies may start drinking less. However, Kids Health points out that food at this age is a supplement; formula or breast milk will still be the child’s main source of nutrition.

About the Author

Based in Defiance, Ohio, Becky Martinez has over seven years of reporting experience, having written numerous articles for two newspapers, "The Crescent News" and "The Bryan Times." She has a Master of Arts in English from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, and has taken multiple creative writing courses since obtaining that degree.