A arrival of a newborn ushers in a season of joyous merriment in any family . It soon becomes the centre of everyone's attention and the concern for its wellbeing supersedes everything else .One major concern that would always bother any mother at some point of time, is how much breast milk is enough for her child
Well there are no hard and fast rules but If one goes by the guidelines laid down by the American Academy Pediatrics - In the first few weeks of infancy , an average newborn would typically want to breastfeed after every one and a half hours. Needless to say that these guidelines vary from child to child and it has been noted in some cases that some babies feed in an interval of two to three hours . However, unless one uses a breast pump it is difficult to ascertain breast milk's quantity, so naturally it becomes a major headache for any parent .
So how much is actually enough for your child? Well as I mentioned earlier, the amount obviously wavers from child to child but there are a few guidelines which can give you a rough estimate about the quantity that should suffice for your child .
For Newborns …..In the first month your baby would likely consume only 2 to 4 ounces of milk per feeding. More it grows more number of feedings it requires
Between 1 to 6 months your baby will obviously require more feeding as there is a major spurt in its growth. An average healthy baby will typically consume roughly in the range of 25 to 30 ounces of milk per day .However one important thing to note is that ,any breastfeeding mother must take also take utmost care of her wellbeing otherwise it may have an adverse effect on the child . One should religiously abstain from nicotine and caffeine or any other spurious drugs which is not preapproved by the pediatrician. Note what you are taking in , you are directly transferring it to your precious bundle.
FOR EXPRESSED MILK
However if your baby is fed expressed breast milk there is a mathematical formula that can guide you
Take your baby's weight in pounds and multiply it by two and a half to three times. Then, divide this number by the total number of feedings per day to arrive at the approximate feeding amount, in ounces, for each feeding.