In a perfect world, every mother breastfeeds her baby. But this is definitely not an ideal world, and there are so many reasons why we might need to compromise. Therefore this article is directed towards mothers who are expressing breast milk, not for the mothers who are breastfeeding their babies directly at the breast.
You can never determine the amount of breast milk produced, by pumping, because your baby removes milk much more efficiently from your breasts that what a breast pump can. If your baby is gaining weight well and is happy, you don't need to worry about the exact amount of milk you are producing.
How Much Expressed Breast Milk will your Baby Need?
Just like adults, each baby has different needs. It’s as easy as letting your baby lead the way. If you know your baby’s hunger cues, it’s much easier.
Many studies have shown that a baby’s milk intake does not change much between the age of 1 to 6 months. Your body is so phenomenal that it actually changes the composition and quantity (amount of calories) of your breast milk according to your baby’s needs. The bigger your baby gets, the more calories he/she will need, but don't worry, your body will take care of that.
Volume of Expressed Breast Milk
The following table is only a guide. Never force your baby to finish a bottle. Let them take the lead.
* Each baby is different and it’s recommended that you feed on demand, instead of following a rigid schedule.