Are you worried about your four-month-old baby’s milk intake? Are you secretly competing with other mothers to produce more milk for your baby than they can? Worry no more! We bring to you a comprehensive guide on how much breast milk should a four-month-old get.
Understanding the Four-Month-Old
Before we delve into the details of feeding, let’s understand our little munchkins better. At four months, babies are known to grow rapidly and develop new skills such as rolling over and sitting up. With their growing body comes an increased need for nutrients.
An Average Baby Needs How Much Milk?
Every baby is different, so there cannot be one fixed amount of milk that works for all babies. However, according to many pediatricians and lactation consultants, most babies at four months should have anywhere from 24-32 ounces of breastmilk in a day (1). This amount could vary depending on each baby’s individual growth rate and appetite.
But What if My Baby Refuses More Milk?
Babies can be fussy eaters too; they might refuse the bottle or simply lose interest halfway through nursing (2).
If this happens frequently it would be best to seek professional advice before making any sudden changes.
Remember that every mealtime offers learning opportunities: gazing into mom’s eyes during breastfeeding can offer bonding experience as well as comfort that often lessens fussiness overall.
One Feed or Multiple Feeds – The Important Decision
The number of feeds depends not only on how much your little one needs but also how long each feed lasts (3). On average, around six to eight feeds are needed per day – try aiming towards keeping them frequent spread throughout daylight hours rather than back-to-back night wakes which will become exhausting fast!
A typical pattern at 4 months may comprise of a morning feeding, followed by 2 feeds either side of a ‘long’ nap and then concluding the day with two evening feedings prior to sleep.
So How Much Milk in One Feed?
Are you still awake? Great! Keep reading to find out more.
What constitutes one feed at four months can vary and largely depend upon the baby’s appetite (4). On average between 3-6 ounces per breastfeed, if expressing around 1/10th of their body weight; this might equate to approximately 24–32 fluid ounces each day but as previously stated every tiny human is different.
It is important when breastfeeding that both breasts are offered equally or pumping produces similar outputs for continued milk production (5).
But What If I Need To Return To Work?
If mum needs to return back to work or will be away from her baby for a substantial period (such as any appointment), continuing breastmilk feeds may become challenging.. Thankfully many moms choose to begin pumping which allows them control over timings enabling milk storage & delivery (maybe via another family member) while they’re not present.
Whether choosing an electric pump or handhelds having expressed bottles on hand means double checking duration until returning home, keeping up supply levels, and having adequate space within containers whilst freezing earlier batches.
Signs of Low Supply
Low milk supply happens but shouldn’t typically cause worry at four months old other than awareness observance along with monitoring how often babys nappy catches overflow wet diapers – remember: these signs vary case-to-case so fret not before contact professional support when needed:
● Reoccurring cries after multiple sizeable meals despite full burps/routine (6)
● A steady output decrease during regular expressions
● Small amounts produced due solely skipping occasional feeding.
Thankfully there are routes forward should this happen including herbal tinctures occasionally prescribed alongside lactation friendly diets to tackle this problem.
It is essential to remember that each baby and mother combination works differently so aim for familiarity with the child, provide at least 2/3 solid feeds a day once this becomes appropriate (usually after six months of age) and continually seek advice from health care providers should there be any concerns or signs otherwise.
Feedings can still offering bonding time loved participating by supporting family members as well or even single mothers take pride in being able to nourish themselves during such an important stage in their children’s development.
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