How much should a newborn eat is on the mind of nearly all new moms. They say a well-fed baby is a happy baby, but how much breast milk should your baby really be consuming? The answer is, it all depends. There are a number of important contributing factors to consider. Some of these factors include the age and size of the baby, the number of feedings a day and mom’s breast milk production rate. In the first week of a baby’s life the amount of breast milk per feeding is relatively small:
Newborn Eating Guidelines
Day 0-2: a teaspoon per feeding
Day 3-4: 1/2 - 1 ounce per feeding
Day 5-7: 1 1/2 - 2 oz per feeding
After a couple of months, your newborn’s milk consumption increases to about 2.5 - 3 oz per feeding a day. It then increases to an average of 4 - 5 oz per feeding a day. In general, a breastfed baby consumes between 18-30 oz of breast milk per day with an average of 25 oz per day.
However, it’s vital to remember that no mom or baby is exactly the same and that includes their eating needs and breast milk production rate. Some moms might produce 2 - 3 oz of milk per feeding, which results in a higher frequency of feedings. This means that mom needs to feed every 2-3 hours. Larger producing moms would need a lower frequency of feedings. On average, larger producing moms would need to feed their babies 5-6 times a day with 5 oz of milk per feeding.
Here is a simple, easy way to calculate how much breast milk your baby should consume:
1. Take baby’s weight and multiply by 2.6
2. Divide that number by number of feedings/day
Example for a 10 oz baby
10 x 2.6 = 26
26/8 = 3.2 oz per feeding
Keep in mind that these calculations can be used for the first six months of a baby’s life. After the six month mark, babies are typically consuming some solids and water. Because of this, their demand for milk decreases, and in result, they consume an average of 26-36 oz per day.
If you think you are having trouble producing enough breast milk you may want to talk to a certified lactation consultant. A lactation consultant can work with you and determine if you indeed have low milk supply.
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