How Much Should Your Baby Eat?
Short answer: it’s hard to say.
But I can provide some answer.
Remember, before a year of age, your baby mostly needs breastmilk (or formula) and solids are just an extra thing. Some babies do eat a lot more solids than others, and that’s totally fine!
When you’re just starting out with solids (6 months), your baby can really only handle a few ounces of solid food at a time. But as they get older, they can handle a bit more.
Here is a little graphic that I thought was helpful. (Source)
As you know, everyone is different, and that includes babies. They don’t sleep the same amount, talk the same amount, or eat the same amount. So this whole post, this whole website, is filled with guidelines, not hard and fast rules.
At the end of the day, you know your baby. If he has been in the 5th percentile for weight, he should stay around the 5th percentile as he grows. If he’s in the 95th percentile, he should stay around the 95th percentile. So a 95th percentile baby might eat a tray full of food 3 times a day on top of regular nursing sessions. My baby, for example, eats about a baby fistful of food 3 times a day on top of regular nursing sessions. He’s been around the 50th percentile for weight since he was born, and he was in the 50th percentile about a month ago.
Something else to consider is your own eating habits. Some days, I am insatiable. I could eat and drink 6+ meals and not feel satisfied. Other days, I’m just not hungry for some reason (usually if my mind is on other things). My baby is going through crazy stuff on a regular basis. A tooth might be trying to push through. Perhaps he’s going through a mental leap in his development. Maybe he is about to master a new skill, like running, talking, or signing. All of those things can drastically change how much he eats on a certain day.
Give it time, wait it out, he will get back to his normal.
My point is this: You know your baby better than anyone. If your baby is not losing weight, going through enough pee/poo diapers*, and seems generally happy, he is doing just fine! Go with your mama instinct. It’s almost always right.
*There should be 4-5 wet diapers a day, and there should be a poop diaper no less than once every 10 days (that’s the far end of that spectrum).