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How much milk should my baby eat?


How much milk should my baby eat?


In my practice, far too often I have families ask me how much milk should my baby be eating?


Here is a wonderful graphic that best summarizes how much milk your baby should be consuming. But as always, listen to your baby’s hunger cues and feed them to their contentment.


A great way to gage how well fed your baby is in between doctors visits is to count the number of wet diapers per day.


For the first 6 days, your baby should have as many wet diapers as they are days old.


Baby's age in days Minimum number of wet diapers in 24 hours:

1 1

2 2

3 3

4 4

5 5

6 and older 6 to 8


The diaper should get heavier with urine every day, especially after the third day as your supply of breast milk increases. Once your baby is a week old, your baby should have 6 to 8 soaked diapers in 24 hours. A wet diaper should feel the same as 2 tablespoons (30 cc) to 4 tablespoons (60 cc) of water on a dry diaper.


Your baby usually has 1 or 2 bowel movements in the first 2 days.

After the first 2 or 3 days until 4 weeks, your baby should have a minimum of 2 bowel movements in 24 hours. If your baby has a minimum of 2 bowel movements in 24 hours, they should each be about 2 tablespoons in size. Many breastfed babies have a bowel movement with every feeding.

After the first 4 weeks of your baby's life, the pattern of bowel movements may change to 1 bowel movement every 1 to 10 days. If your baby's stomach is soft, your baby is content, breastfeeding well, and having 6 to 8 heavy wet diapers every 24 hours, this small number of bowel movements is normal.


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