It would be great if breasts came with their measuring marks, but they don’t.
So how do you know if a newborn is getting enough milk?
The most straightforward answer is usually the best, and that is diaper or nappy output. What goes in must come out!
How many breasts do you have? Well, two can produce more than one, so if you have one baby, he or she will get enough milk from the two of them, if not one.
Breast milk should increase a bit between 2 to 5 days after you have given birth.
Baby’s weight is a clear indication that the baby has been enjoying your breast milk. If your baby is gaining weight and drinking adequately, then the output should indicate everything is normal.
Breastfeeding mothers are always worried if their newborns are receiving the right ounces of breast milk.
Nursing mothers have no way to measure precisely ounce of breast milk her baby consumes at each feeding.
If a nursing mum pumps, she may notice that her newborn formula-fed peers drink more milk than her baby does.
By understanding the standard breast milk consumption guidelines for newborns, mothers can quickly tell if their baby is receiving enough milk.
Adequate Ounces of Breast Milk For a Two-month-old Baby
During the two months of life, the amount of breast milk your baby eats will increase rapidly.
When your baby is two months old, their stomach is still small and has very little ability to stretch.
Babies can only consume about 2-3 oz. of breast milk and can take in 25 to 40 oz. daily.
Adequate Ounces of Breast Milk For a 2 – 6 Months Old Baby
By two-month-old, your baby’s daily breast milk consumption varies from 25 to 40 ounce.
Each day, with an average of about 30 ounces, this daily intake of breast milk should remain the same from 2 months until around six months old.
Your baby’s weight or age doesn’t affect the amount of breast milk he/she consumes each day.
However, during growth spurts stage, your baby will temporarily increase her milk intake – your baby may drink more breastmilk than usual for about two to three days. For many babies, growth spurts occur during two months to 6 months of age.
Signs of Adequate Milk Intake
Nursing moms and experts have identified several signs to tell if their baby is consuming adequate breast milk.
During the first seven weeks of life, a properly fed baby should produce at least three to four quarter-sized stools every day.
After the first seven weeks, your baby should produce at least four to five sopping wet, five to six cloth diapers, or disposable diapers daily.
Babies well-breastfed average weight gain of 6-7 ounces a week during the first 120 days, 4 to 5 ounces a week between 4 to 6 months old, and 2 to 4 ounces a week between 6 to 12 months old.
Your newborn should seem satisfied after breastfed, be alert and active, and meet his/her developmental milestones.
The best way to know if your baby is getting enough milk is to regularly have your baby’s weight checked, both at home and at your doctors.
Remember, it’s reasonable to lose 5-7% of the baby’s weight before your baby starts to gain weight.
Please remember that if you are not sure, then always ask for advice from your doctor. Never take a chance with your precious baby.
How Many Ounces of Breast milk Should a Two-month-old Eat?
How many ounces of breast milk your baby consumes per feeding varies by age and by weight.
A 2-month-old baby stomach is quite small, during the first few days most newborns take about 1 to 2 oz (30 to 60 mL) at feedings. After a month, babies are expected to reach their peak feeding volume of about 3 to 4 oz (90 to 120 mL) per feeding and about 30 oz per day (900 mL).
Exclusively breastfeeding: An exclusively breastfeeding newborn only consumes mother’s breastmilk (no solids or other liquids).
A nursing mother giving formula regularly will experience low milk production than an exclusively breastfeeding mother because the production of her breast milk will below.
When a nursing mum is giving formula, and their baby is between one to six months of age, you will be able to calculate how much milk you are expected to pump per session by determining what percentage of your newborn total daily intake is at your breast. To do this, you have to subtract from 30 oz. (900 mL).
The total amount of formula your baby consumes per day. For example, if you’re giving 15 oz. (450 mL) of formula per day, then it is the half of 30 oz. (900 mL), so you are expected to pump at least half of what an exclusively breastfeeding mother would pump.
Up to half of what an exclusively breastfeeding mother is (after about one month, this would range from 1.5 to 2 oz. (45-60 mL)
A full feeding if breastfeeding mum is pumping for a missed feeding (after one month, this would be about 3 to 4 oz. (90-120 mL)
Time of day. Most breastfeeding mum pumps more milk in the morning. That’s because breastmilk production varies depending on the time of the day.
To get the required breastmilk your baby needs, babies tend to breastfeed more often when milk production is low, most times in the afternoon and evening.
A perfect time to pump breast milk to store is usually twenty to fifty minutes after the first-morning nursing.
Most breast feeding will pump more milk then than at other times. If your milk production is an exception to this rule of thumb, pump milk when you get the best results.
It doesn’t matter when you pump; mum can take full advantage of the baby-induced let-down and pump on one side while nursing on the other.
You can later offer the other breast used for pump earlier to the baby even after you pump and baby will get more milk.
Your emotional state. When nursing mum feels upset, angry, or stressed out, when you sit down to pump breastmilk, it releases adrenaline down to your bloodstream, which inhibits your milk flow.
If you’re not feeling at ease and aren’t pumping enough milk, as usual, relax and pump later, when you’re feeling relaxed and calm.
Breast storage capacity. This is the max amount of breastmilk available in your breasts during the time of day when your breasts can produce more milk.
Breast Storage capacity is based on the capacity of the room in your milk-making glands; this does not have anything to do with the breast size.
It varies among breastfeeding mum. Also, note that the most extensive pumping can give you a clue on your breast storage capacity, you can tell yourself if it’s large, average, or small.
Nursing mum with large storage capacity usually pumps more milk than those with a smaller storage capacity if you’re exclusively pumping and breastfeeding for a missed breastfeeding, a milk yield of much more than about 4 oz. (120 mL) can clearly show larger-than-average storage capacity.
Conversely, if you never pump more than 3 oz. (90 mL), even when it has reached several hours since your last milk removal, your capacity may seem smaller-than-average.
What matters to a newborn is not how much he/she gets at each feeding, but the total amount of milk he/she receives in a 24-hour day.
Breast storage capacity elucidates the differences in pump yields and breastfeeding patterns that are common among nursing mothers.
How Many Oz Should a Two-month-old Drink?
A 2-month-old baby can only take in 2-3 ounce per feeding for the first day or two in the second month, but later on, he will drink about 3 to 4 ounces at each feeding.
This amount increases because your baby stomach is getting bigger and expanding. At about two months of age, some babies can consume about 4 to 5 ounces per feeding every 3 to 4 hours.
Guidelines for two-month-old baby feeding:
Always note that all babies are different―some two-month-old Baby like to snack more often, while others drink more at one time and go longer without feedings.
However, some babies will require more feeding because they are bigger, and their tummies can hold more milk:
At about two months of age, they take about 4 to 5 ounces per feeding every 3 to 4 hours.
Should I wake my two-month-old baby to feed?
Baby should be fed anytime they\re hungry or at least every 3 hours in the day. Also at night they should be fed at least once.
Once your baby has developed a good weight, you can stop waking them up at night and allow them to set their pattern.
The newborn should be fed when they show signs of hunger. When baby cry, it’s a late indicator of hunger – breastfeeding is much easier for both the nursing mom and baby.
Yes, your two-month-old doesn’t wake on their own.
Many babies are very sleepy in the early months and may not show any hunger cues as often as they need to eat.
Babies should be nursed whenever they cue hunger, and they should be fed at least every 3 hours during the day. Once your baby is healthy, then you don’t have to be worried if they sleep all night, but make sure they are properly fed during the day.
“My two-month-old baby just started sleeping longer at night. Do I need to wake him and feed him?”
If your baby is more than four weeks of age, then waking him up to nurse is not a good idea, if he does not wake on his own just let him sleep well and feel comfortable.
Allow your newborn to sleep as long as he wants at night as long as he is gaining weight, pooping, and peeing within normal parameters.
“My baby frequently sucks on his hands. Is it a cue for hunger?”
After about four weeks of age, hand sucking is not a reliable indicator of hunger.
About 6-8 weeks of age, your baby will begin to gain more control of their hands and will explore everything else, especially his hands using his mouth.
It is not something to be scared about when your babies suck on their hands when your baby gums become tender preparing for tooth eruption they frequently suck on their hands.
Symptoms of teething can occur weeks before the first tooth erupts.
There are lots of health benefits that a baby gets from breastfeeding, which is very important to their development.
So the question remains, should I breastfeed my two-month-old baby?
Breast milk contains the perfect optimal mixture of nutrients and antibodies that a child needs for their developing and growing bodies while allowing it to keep pace with the changing nutritional needs of your newborn.
The formula has helped nursing mothers, and it’s very nutritious, but it can’t replace or duplicate the natural nutrient that mother’s milk gives to the child.
Mother’s milk is natural, it is the most nutritious food you can give to your child, but breastfeeding is also a choice that only nursing mother can make.
Recently doctors and researchers have concluded that there can be many reasons why nursing mothers are not choosing to breastfeed their baby, they can range from medically or physically unable to breastfeed to more personal reasons for choosing not to.
Many employers are accepting the fact that nursing mothers need to take a few minutes to pump breastmilk while at work to use.
Later on, some organizations allow mothers to breastfeed at work when needed. Is Breastfeeding For You?
Kindly check all of your options and see your doctor before you make the decision not to breastfeed your baby.
Breastfeeding will be the best decisions you will make for your newborn. It is a very personal selfless act made by nursing and caring mother for her child.
It is complete nurturing love, a bonding experience like none other.
So… Is Breastfeeding For You? Breastfeeding is a choice made by every nursing mum.
The choice only you can make for your child if you have decided to breastfeed your child. Whatever you do, enjoy every moment, they pass by too quickly.