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As breast milk is the best food source for the specific needs of infants, The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends six months of exclusive breastfeeding. Furthermore, European regulations forbid advertising by infant milk producers about milk for newbonrs up to 6 months.

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The right quantity of infant milk for your baby

Is my baby drinking enough infant milk? It’s a question asked by a lot of parents. Babybio can guide you in finding the right quantities to give your little one.


How can you manage quantities when you’re breastfeeding?


Breast milk evolves during feedings. Its production and its composition also vary from day to day according to your baby’s appetite and his nutritional needs. Let’s just say it: 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 respond to his hunger. Little by little, he will get his bearings and drink larger quantities on a more regular basis.


When breastfeeding, it isn’t possible to know the exact quantities your baby consumes. But you can evaluate the number of diapers he soils each day: 4 diapers per day is the sign that he’s drinking sufficiently. And above all, remember that your baby will always eat his fill.


What are the quantities to give in a bottle?


The quantities of infant milk to give to your baby will vary according to his age. Little by little, the quantity of infant milk per bottle increases and the number of bottles per day decreases. The daily indicated quantities according to his appetite and his weight are the following:


ü  From 6 to 12 months: 3 bottles of 210 ml, in addition to his diversified diet


ü  From 12 months and until 3 years: approximately 500 ml of infant milk per day, knowing that this can occasionally be complemented by dairy products (yogurts, white cheeses, other cheeses...)


There’s also a simple rule to figure things out, the Appert rule: the quantity to offer per day = (baby’s weight in grams/10) + 250 ml.


Each baby is unique and your doctor can advise you to best adapt your quantities of infant milk. Baby already knows how to manage himself by eating according to his needs: if he leaves half of his bottle one day, he’ll demand a supplement the next. Let him be your guide!


 


 


Sources:


 


Mpedia.fr


Association française de Pédiatrie Ambulatoire. Afpa.fr


A.Bocquet, Les laits infantiles, différences de composition et d'allégations, Le Pédiatre 2007


O.Mouterde, Le choix d'un lait artificiel, Médecine & Enfance 2010
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