As a mom, it’s super stressful (and sometimes hard) to figure out if your baby is getting enough milk to keep them full (so they will go those longer stretches at night and not be super fussy during the day.
This specific topic was tough to find information on. There is a wealth of information out there on formula and how much to feed your baby in a bottle. There is also a ton of information on feeding your baby from the breast and how to know when they have gotten enough. However, there is not a ton of information on feeding babies from a bottle with breast milk.
Breast milk is different than formula because it was designed by God to be the first food baby eats. Therefore, it is super easy on their digestive system and digests rather quickly. Most babies eating breastmilk will want to eat every 2-3 hours. I personally pushed my babies and made them learn to eat every 3 hours. But that was by personal choice because eating every 2 was really hard on my schedule. Especially once I already had a toddler running around. If you would rather feed your baby every 2 hours there is no harm in that. You will have to just decrease the amount you put in each feeding. PLEASE NOTE: If you decide to push your baby to eat every 3 hours instead, they might be fussy for that last hour before their next feeding until they adjust. Put them in a baby carrier or distract them with a toy or going outside. It’ll all work out!
I found this illustration to be super helpful for me (taken from: https://babiesfirstlactation.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/the-newborns-stomach/):
Apart from that picture this formula was HANDS DOWN the BEST information on how much breast milk to put in each bottle. I followed it and both of my babies were full, happy, and growing babies 🙂 It is technically referring to formula. But I found that it worked well for feeding breast milk in a bottle:
“In the first four to six months when your baby isn’t eating any solids, here’s a simple rule of thumb: Offer 2.5 ounces of formula per pound of body weight each day.
For example, if your baby weighs 6 pounds, you’ll give her about 15 ounces of formula in a 24-hour period. If she weighs 10 pounds, you’ll give her about 25 ounces in a 24-hour period.
PLEASE NOTE: Don’t give your baby more than 32 ounces of formula in a day, and once he starts eating solids, you’ll probably need to cut back on the amount of formula you feed him. (Courtesy of http://www.babycenter.com/0_how-much-formula-your-baby-needs_9136.bc)
These numbers are not rigid rules. They give you an overall average for what your baby is likely to require. His daily feedings will vary according to his individual needs – in other words, he may want a bit more on some days and a bit less on others.”
This information was found here:
I hope this helps you know how to feed your baby and make sure they are full and happy 🙂