Amount to feed newborn

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ACLMummy
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Amount to feed newborn

Post by ACLMummy » Mon Jul 29, 2013 8:39 am

Hi, I am exclusively expressing and feeding my 3 week old baby and am unsure as to whether I am under / over feeding her.

She was born weighing 3.45kg, went down to 3.3kg at 10 days and I haven't weighed her since. She currently feeds every 3 hours and I give her about 80-90mL each time. She finishes the bottle and spits up a little on occasion but not significant amounts. She generally seems satisfied after that much, she doesn't lick her lips or seek to suckle her hand so I'm assuming that she's satisfied. Nappies are all good too with a good number of bowel movements and wet nappies.

My question is when does her appetite increase and I have to increase the amount I feed her? How much is too much? I have friends who have babies 1 week older than mine and they're feeding 120mL expressed milk at a time!

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Post by strolltotheshops » Mon Jul 29, 2013 9:36 am

I think it's a 'how long is a piece of string' sort of thing.

Does any of the info here https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bfinfo/exclusive-expressing, particularly under the How often and how much? heading, help you?

Or here https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bf-info/breastfeeding-and-work/caregivers-guide-breastfed-baby?

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Post by Little Tiggermum » Mon Jul 29, 2013 9:51 am

there's research showing that babies maintain a stable daily intake between six Weeks and six months. I think it varies between 800ml and 1 L depending on bub. but it seems you're on the right track by watching your baby for the signs of having had enough.
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