How much breast milk should my 2 month old be drinking?

Loretha - posted on 08/20/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son is 2 months old. I just returned to work. At daycare he is only drinking 2 or 3 oz of breastmilk at the most at a feeding. Some days he will only eat 1 oz at a feeding. He is on a 3 hr schedule. He seems happy. He just doesn't seem to eat very much. Is this normal?

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Dina - posted on 08/22/2009

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I wouldn't worry too much about it. I was too caught up on the oz, and my dr would look at me like I'm crazy. I would keep an extra bottle of 2-3 oz right now and let your baby tell you when it's enough. Watch the wet and dirty diapers and that he has enough. As long as he's happy, he's full. You may have rich milk and it fills him up easier. Also, in a few weeks, he's going to go through a growth spurt and you're going to think that you can't keep up feeding him.

Crystal - posted on 08/21/2009

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My first son had to adjust when I went back to work. He definitely nursed like crazy when I got home everyday. As long as he isn't losing weight he may just be getting used to the new place, new people, and new bottle.

Jennifer - posted on 08/21/2009

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The best way to tell is by how many wet and poopy diapers he has. 6 soaking wet diapers and a poopy diaper every day or two. But breastfed babies can go as long as 10-15 days without a bowel movement. Also, 24 oz of breastmilk in 24 hours is a good rule of thumb. On the days he doesn't drink much from a bottle do you notice he wants to nurse more? If he doesn't drink a lot during the day he may make up for it when your home and at night. Good luck!

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