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How much breast milk should be in a baby bottle?

How much breast milk should be in a baby bottle?

The amount of breast milk to give in a baby bottle can vary depending on the age of the baby, the baby's needs and how often the baby feeds. Here are some general guidelines:

  1. Newborns: Newborn babies generally have small stomachs and often require frequent feedings. A newborn baby may start with only 30-60 ml of breast milk per feeding, but this can quickly increase as the baby grows.

  2. 1-2 months old: Babies in this age group may typically need 60-120 ml of breast milk per feeding.

  3. 3-5 months of age: As the baby grows, the amount of breast milk he needs per feeding will also increase. Babies aged 3 to 5 months may typically need 120-180 ml of breast milk per feeding.

  4. 6-11 months old: Older babies can usually drink 180-240 ml of breast milk per feeding, depending on their diet and nutritional needs.

It is important to understand that these are only general guidelines and breast milk needs may vary from baby to baby. Babies will often indicate their nutritional needs by showing signs of hunger, such as smacking, sucking on their hands, crying, or searching for the breast. It is essential to respond to the baby's signals and feed when the baby seems hungry.

If you have questions about your baby's nutrition or are unsure about the right amount of breast milk, consult a lactation consultant or a healthcare provider who specializes in infant feeding for advice tailored to your specific situation.

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