The right amount of infant milk for your baby
Does my baby drink enough infant milk? This is a question that many parents ask themselves. Babybio helps you find your way around in the quantities to give to your little one.
How to manage the quantities when you are breastfeeding?
Breast milk changes during breastfeeding. Its production and composition also adapt over the course of the day depending on your baby's consumption and nutritional needs. We can say: it's magic!
From birth, breastfeed on demand, without limiting the number of feedings. It's the best way to give your baby what he needs, and to keep him hungry. Little by little, he will take his marks and drink more and more regularly.
Breastfeeding does not tell you how much your baby is taking. But you can assess the number of diapers he gets dirty per day: 4 diapers a day is a sign that he's drinking enough. Above all, your baby will always eat enough.
What are the quantities to give to the bottle?
The amounts of infant milk to give your baby will change according to their age. Gradually, the amount of infant milk per bottle increases and the number of bottles per day decreases. The daily indicative quantities according to his appetite and his weight, are as follows:
From 6 to 12 months: 3 bottles of 210 ml, in addition to its diversified diet
From 12 months and up to 3 years: approximately 500 ml of infant milk per day, knowing that it can from time to time be supplemented with dairy products (yogurts, white cheeses, cheeses ...)
There is also a very simple rule for finding your way around, the Appert rule: quantity to offer per day = (baby weight in grams / 10) + 250 ml.
Each baby is unique and your doctor can advise you on how to best adapt the amounts of infant milk. Baby can already manage himself by eating according to his needs: if he leaves half a bottle one day, he will ask for a supplement the next day. Let him guide you!
Association française de Pédiatrie Ambulatoire. Afpa.fr
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