Infant Stomach Capacity - Infant and Newborn Nutrition

Image caption : Infant Stomach Capacity as Compared to Various Foods: To understand the capacity of the infant stomach, we compare it to the volume of various foods. At the age of 1 to 2 days, the infants stomach can hold 7-13 ml, approximately the volume of a cooked chickpea. From 3 to 6 days of age, it can hold 1 to 2 ounces, about the size of a grape. From the age of 1 week to 6 months, it grows to accommodate 2-3 ounces, about the size of a strawberry and then to the size of a grapefruit at about 1 year, 3 ounces to 2 cups. The average adult stomach can hold about a quart (4 cups) in volume, which is about the size of a cantaloupe.

Infant and Newborn Nutrition

Food provides the energy and nutrients that babies need to be healthy. For a baby, breast milk is best. It has all the necessary vitamins and minerals. Infant formulas are available for babies whose mothers are not able or decide not to breastfeed.

Infants usually start eating solid foods between 4 and 6 months of age. Check with your health care provider for the best time for your baby to start. If you introduce one new food at a time, you will be able to identify any foods that cause allergies in your baby. Some foods to stay away from include

  • Eggs
  • Honey
  • Peanuts (including peanut butter)
  • Other tree nuts

The material on this site is for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. It should not be used to diagnose or treat any medical condition. Consult a licensed medical professional for the diagnosis and treatment of all medical conditions and before starting a new diet or exercise program. If you have a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.