How much breast milk should I give to my granddaugher

by Shiralee Briggs

I am loving having my granddaughter, whilst my daughter goes to work.

Worrying about her taking a bottle, I put teething gel on the teat and it was a success, she suck the gel and the got her milk.

My problem is now her mum, my daughter thinks she is drinking too much.

She has two feeds, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, the morning one she takes 70- 80mls the afternoon one a little less. She has her breakfast and lunch too.

If she looks for more in the morning I will give her some more, but only if she asks.

Please tell me if I am feeding her too much. She is tiny for her age, but perfect in every way.

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May 05, 2014
by: Tracy

Hi Shiralee

You are feeding her when she askes, which means that you are feeding her on demand. This is perfect.

Every baby is different. If Baby finishes the bottle and cries, you need to give more.

If she spits up after a feeding, you should add less.

Research shows that exclusively breastfed babies take in an average of 750ml per day (this is between 1 month and 6 months), but not all babies take in the same amount of milk; some babies take as little as 570ml or as much as 900 ml per day.

With these estimates a person can calculate the average amount Baby needs:

Step 1 - How many times did she nurse during the day, while Mom was still at home?
Step 2 - Divide 25oz by "step 1" number of breastfeeding sessions.
Step 3 - This amount gives you on average, the amount of expressed milk she will need per feeding.

Hope this helps

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