How Many Calories in Baby Formula?

By: Suzanne Renee' - Updated December 27, 2023 - 5 Minute Read

How Many Calories in Baby Formula | The Milky Box

During the early years of a child's life, from birth to the toddler stage, parents can expect unparalleled growth and development. A healthy baby will go through various stages of eating to support their physical and cognitive development. It's common for parents to worry about whether their child is getting the right balance of calories and nutrients. 

This article will explore the current nutritional requirements for infants and toddlers and determine whether counting calories is always necessary.

How Many Calories Does My Baby Need?

When caregivers choose to breastfeed or bottle feed with world-class nutrition, it is easy to look for signs that enough calories are consumed. For the greater part, families can feel at ease as long as their infant’s weight moves according to developmental milestones and there are at least 6 to 8 soaked diapers in 24 hours.

In the days and months ahead, you can expect to see an increase in bottle or breastfeeding, and when the growth spurt ends, the amount of nutrients your baby needs reduces, and appetites may decrease accordingly. This is normal and will vary from infant to infant.

Of course, if there is cause for concern, please seek the advice of your medical caregiver to see if calorie counting is warranted.

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Calculate the Number of Calories

Occasionally, there are reasons that calorie counting is necessary. Perhaps your baby is underweight, and your pediatrician expresses concerns, or parents might simply find comfort in knowing this detail.

It is relatively simple if your family is interested in figuring out the calorie count.

How Many Calories Your Baby Needs: The Math

The number of calories a baby needs depends on their age and if solid food has been incorporated into your little diet. Keep in mind that all children are unique and will go through developmental stages at varying rates.

We will use the suggested caloric intake for our purposes. Starting at newborn through the third year, babies and toddlers need an average of 100 calories per kg of body weight.

Using your little one's weight in kg, you can work out how much formula they need.

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Calculate Weight in Kilograms

To make the conversion, the math is easy, approximately one pound (lb.) is equal to 0.45 kilograms (kg). To convert your baby’s weight from pounds (lbs.) to kilograms(kg) simply multiply the number of pounds your baby weighs by .45.

For example, a newborn baby weighing 7 lbs. x .45 = 3.15 kg.

Calculate the Number of Calories

To find the number of calories your baby needs, all you have to do is multiply your baby's body weight times the approximate calories needed per kg in body weight.

For example, if your baby weighs 3.15 kilograms (kg), you will multiply by 100 kilocalories (Kcal) per kilogram (kg) to get 315 kilocalories (Kcal) a day, that your baby will need. So 3.15 multiplied by 100 equals 315 kilocalories (Kcal). 

Calories in European Organic Formula Brands  

We have made a list of high-quality European baby formulas uniquely designed to meet your infant’s nutritional needs and developmental stages. When calorie counting is important, this is the nutrition that matters!

Essential ingredients that mimic breastmilk in the purest way possible without sugar, soy, or toxic ingredients will ensure that your baby receives the right amount of calories per bottle they need in a healthy, sustainable way.

We have made a list to include each brand and stage and the calories found in 100 ml or 3.38 oz of baby formula.

European Baby Formula Calories

Here is a break down of how many calories are in each European baby formula.

HiPP Baby Formula

HiPP Calorie Chart 1 | The Milky Box
HiPP Calorie Chart 2 | The Milky Box

Holle Baby Formula

Holle Calorie Chart | The Milky Box

Kendamil Baby Formula

Kendamil Calorie Chart  | The Milky Box

Prémibio Baby Formula

Premibio Calorie Chart | The Milky Box

Lebenswert Bio Baby Formula

Lebenswert Calorie Chart | The Milky Box

Löwenzahn Organics Baby Formula

Lowenzahn Calorie Chart | The Milky Box

BéBé M Baby Formula

Bebe M Calorie Chart | The Milky Box

Nannycare Baby Formula

NannyCare Calorie Chart | The Milky Box

Jovie Goat Baby Formula

Jovie Calorie Chart | The Milky Box

Kabrita Goat Baby Formula

Kabrita Calorie Chart | The Milky Box

How many calories in a 6 oz bottle of formula?

For most babies, unless you have a medical reason to count the exact calorie intake your little one gets in one day, you will not have to worry about calories for your baby.

Rather than counting calories or measuring portion sizes, letting the baby take the lead is more important. Infants to toddlers will let you know when they are ready for more calories or when they have had enough.

Just follow the clues; if they are hungry, your little one may become fidgety or restless, open their little mouth and turn their head towards you or start to suck their fingers or even their whole fist.

Formula-Fed Full-Term Babies

Each European formula includes general guidelines for the number of baby bottles a baby will take during the day. Families can find all the information they need to get you started without worrying about counting calories.

Keep in mind again that there are times when your baby will need more calories and may need to add more ounces of premixed formula. As your baby gets older and begins to get calories from solid nutrition, the average number of feedings per day will decrease.

How Many Calories Are in Baby Formula?

Whether you are calorie counting or following your little one's cues, the food you choose for your infant to eat matters.

The Milky Box has an infant formula to help support healthy weight, physical development, and cognitive reasoning. Designed with ingredients as close to breastmilk as possible, European manufacturers offer pure, clean, and natural calories for every age, stage, and milestone.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many kcal is in the Similac formula?

Where your baby gets the calories from matters. European formulas offer the best alternative to dangerous powdered and premixed infant formulas. 

How Many Calories Should a Baby Have?

The number of calories a baby needs per day varies greatly depending on age and if solid food has been incorporated into your little one’s diet. Keep in mind that all babies go through developmental stages at different rates. 

What about Preemie Calorie Count? 

Every baby is different, so ask your NICU staff or medical caregiver to understand better what calculations they are using to mix the perfect ratio of nutrients for your little one. 


Please be aware that this information is based on general trends in babies, and it is not medical advice. Your doctor should be your first source of information and advice when considering any changes to your child’s formula and when choosing your child’s formula. Always consult your pediatrician before making any decisions about your child’s diet or if you notice any changes in your child.

Breastfeeding is the best nutrition for your baby because breast milk provides your child with all the essential nutrients they need for growth and development. Please consult your pediatrician if your child requires supplemental feeding.

Suzanne Renee' is an accomplished professional with extensive expertise in the area of infant nutrition, dedicated to promoting the health and wellbeing of children. She started this journey as a foster parent. Suzanne has emerged as a strong proponent of the European baby formula and has become a full time writer of the subject. In her free time, she enjoys camping, hiking and going to church.

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Reviewed by Dr. Eric Wood, ND, MA

Dr. Wood is a licensed naturopathic doctor, with a doctorate degree from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, Canada. He received his post-graduation certification in Mind Body Medicine at Harvard University.

With 15 years of experience, Dr. Wood is an Associate Professor of Holistic Nutrition at the American College of Health Sciences in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Wood is an educator, clinician, author, media figure, consultant, and owns his own holistic (naturopathic) medical practice in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Dr. Wood is currently researching and drafting books on cancer and pediatrics.

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