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How much milk does my baby need?

How much milk does my baby need

How much milk does my baby need is probably a thought running through every mother’s mind in the early days.
A common concern with breastfeeding mothers is whether baby is getting enough milk. This worry very often leads to a breastfeeding mother topping up feeds with formula milk. This in turn leads mom to produce less milk.

Remember that the best way to increase your milk supply is to let baby suckle as much as possible, especially during a growth spurt.

A lot of moms also worry about their baby being hungry in the first few days before their milk comes in. Immediately after birth you produce colostrum which is highly nutritious and your baby only needs a tiny amount and is perfect for your baby until your milks comes in approximately 2 – 3 days after birth.




The La Leche League recommends for breastfed babies to follow these guidelines:

The average breastfed baby drinks between 89 and148 mls per feed, 750- 1035 mls per day.

For formula fed babies you can follow these guidelines:

If you want to exclusively breastfeed your baby but you are struggling rather contact the La Leche League or a breastfeeding consultant before you consider topping up with baby milk formula.

What tips and advice do you have for moms that are worried about how much milk their babies are getting?

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