Wednesday, October 15, 2008

How much does baby drink?

When you are a breastfeeding mom, it is nearly impossible to tell how much milk baby is drinking from you. Baby will be latching and drinking, and you dont even see the milk.

This can make it really hard when you start
expressing breast milk - to know how much milk baby will need for a feed, and how much milk to feed baby (and you don't want to waste any milk after you have gone to all that effort pumping it!!)

Based on a information specified on a baby formula tin, this is the
volume of milk and number of feeds per day that they recommend. This will be the same for breastmilk, so I think it is fair to use this guide so you know how much expressed breast milk to give your baby.

Baby age:
1 week: 50mL feed for 6-7 times per day.
up to 2 weeks old: 100mL feed for 5-6 times per day.
up to 1 month old: 100mL feed for 6 times per day.
up to 2 months old: 150mL feed for 5 times per day.
up to 4 months old: 200mL feed for 5 times per day.
up to 6 months old: 200mL feed for 4-5 times per day
over 6 months: 200mL feed for 3-4 times per day.

This is a guide. your baby may need more or less than this.

I would also like to suggest that you view our website, we have other articles online which give you guidance on expressing, and storing breast milk. Go here: