How Much Milk Does My Baby Drink?

By Krista Gray, IBCLC. Last updated April 21, 2013.

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How much does my baby drink during a day?

A healthy, full-term baby typically drinks between 25-32 ounces in a 24 hour period between months 1-6.1   This amount remains consistent during months 1-6. So, if you are producing enough milk for your 6 week old then you have enough to exclusively breastfeed your 6 month old as well!

Around the sixth month mark many babies begin to eat solids, resulting in their milk intake slowly declining. However, it is important to note that solids should not replace breast milk during your baby’s first year of life – only compliment your milk.

How much milk will my baby drink while away from me?

Between months 1-6, most babies drink 25-32 ounces a day. If your baby nurses 8 times in a 24 hour period, this is roughly 3 oz per feed.

However babies, like adults, may eat more during one meal and less another. Also, some babies reverse cycle when they are away from their mom during the day – they may drink less milk and then nurse much more frequently when with mom in the late afternoon, evening, and throughout the night.

Safe bed sharing or co-sleeping can be a tremendous benefit in this situation so you can still get rest while your baby gets milk! You will learn what volume of milk your baby needs while you are away, but these numbers can serve as a guide. For example, if you are away for 8 hours, you may need 12 oz (4 – 3 oz feeds, 6 oz – 2 feeds, or something in between). Send extra milk the first few days until you find a rhythm and know about how much your baby needs.

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  1. Kent, Mitoulas, Cregan, Ramsay, Doherty, and Hartman.  Volume and Frequency of Breastfeedings and Fat Content of Breast Milk Throughout the Day.  Pediatrics.  Accessed October 1, 2012 from http://www.pediatricsdigest.mobi/content/117/3/e387.full
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