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In the first few months, your baby's diet consists only of milk. Whether breastfeeding or bottle feeding, how much milk does your baby need? Does he need supplementation? Answers to the questions you ask yourself.
Milk: its needs within
- If you are breastfeeding your baby, it's on demand, so not easy to quantify! Your baby and he alone will define the amount of milk, the pace and duration of feedings.
- At first, he can suck every 2 to 3 hours, 8 to 12 times in 24 hours. To him to decide! At 1 month, his rhythm per day is 7 to 10 feedings. They last on average 10 to 20 minutes and begin to be spaced the following months until diversification.
- Do not let the "You think your milk is really nutritious?", "You should weigh it before and after feeding, to make sure it grows ..." Know that your milk is enough to cover your nutritional needs until 6 months, with the exception of vitamin K and possibly vitamin D. Your pediatrician will decide if your baby should be supplemented.
Milk: its bottle-fed needs
- The number and dose of baby bottles are set according to the weight and age of your infant. Here are the amounts generally recommended for a baby of average weight:
|Baby's age||Number of bottles and quantities of milk|
|Week 1||6 to 8 bottles of 30 to 90 ml|
|Week 2||6 to 7 bottles of 60 to 120 ml|
|Weeks 3 and 4||5 to 7 bottles of 90 to 150 ml|
|Month 2||4 to 6 bottles of 150 to 180 ml|
|Month 3 and 4|
- If he does not finish them, do not force him, he will make up for it at the next meal. Whence the interest of always proposing to him doses of milk superior to those which he habitually drinks, in case he would be still hungry!
- It does not need to be supplemented with vitamin K because infant milk contains it. For vitamin D, the pediatrician to decide.