How much milk do babies require?
Many moms question how much revealed breastmilk they need to have readily available if they are far from baby.
In exclusively breastfed babies, milk intake increases quickly during the first few weeks of life, then stays about the very same in between one and six months (though it most likely increases short-term during growth spurts). Existing breastfeeding research does not indicate that breastmilk consumption changes with baby’s age or weight in between one and 6 months. After six months, breastmilk intake will continue at this exact same level up until– at some point after six months, depending in baby’s intake from other foods– baby’s milk intake starts to decrease gradually (see listed below).
Prior to your milk supply is developed, breastfeeding must be “on demand” (when your baby is hungry), which is generally every 1 1/2 to 3 hours.
The research informs us that exclusively breastfed babies take in an average of 25 oz (750 mL) per day between the ages of 1 month and 6 months. Different babies take in different quantities of milk; a typical series of milk intakes is 19-30 oz daily (570-900 mL per day).
We can use this information to approximate the typical quantity of milk baby will require at a feeding:
- Price quote the number of times that baby nurses per day (24 hours).
- Then divide 25 oz by the number of nursings.
- This offers you a “ballpark” figure for the quantity of revealed milk your specifically breastfed baby will require at one feeding.
Example: If baby usually nurses around 8 times per day, you can guess that baby may need around 3 ounces per feeding when mother is away. (25/8=3.1).