How much breast milk does my baby need?
Frequently Asked Question.
The answer is all dependent upon your baby’s age, size, and whether or not he is going through a growth spurt.
This question is common among moms who pump and bottle-feed because they want to make sure their baby is getting enough.
When breastfeeding, it is difficult to measure exactly how much milk your little one is consuming unless you weigh her directly before, and immediately after a feeding.
For a general calculation, I refer to the awesome website – Kelly Mom - and their milk calculator. It provides a guideline as to how much milk your baby needs.
The beautiful thing about breastfeeding is that it is all about supply and demand. In most cases, you can increase your supply by increasing demand. How do you do this? If you are pumping, add an additional pumping session, if time allows. (When I was working full time, I would pump 30 minutes directly after my daughter’s first morning feeding. Over a couple weeks’ time, I was able to express 8-9 ounces of extra milk – just by adding this extra pumping session!)
If you breastfeeding without using a pump, your baby takes care of the demand for you. You may notice he is hungry more often, or wants to nurse longer. Let him. This is to encourage greater supply. Isn’t the human body amazing??
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