Milk Intake Guide for the Newborn

Write a practice guideline that gives the expected breastmilk intake for the healthy newborn for each of the first five days, per feeding and per day, as well as the equation to determine adequate milk intake for the following ten weeks of the newborn, based on infant weight. Keep it in your postpartum records.

 

Day 1 – The newborn will get a few drops to 5 cc’s of colostrum per feeding.  For the entire day, the newborn will get a few drops to 1 oz of colostrum.

 

Day 2 – The newborn will get 5-15 cc’s, .5 oz or 1T of colostrum per feeding.  For the entire day, the newborn will get 1-3 oz or ¼ to ½ c per day.

 

Day 3 – The newborn will get 15-30 cc’s, .5-1.5 oz or 1-2 T per feeding.  For the entire day, the newborn will get 4-8 oz or ½ to 1 c per day.

 

Day 4 – The newborn will get 30-45 cc’s per feeding.  For the entire day, the newborn will get 8-12 oz or 1 ½ c per day.

 

Day 5 – The newborn will get 45-60 cc’s, 2 oz or 3-4 T per feeding.  For the entire day, the newborn will get 12- 18 oz or 1 ½ to 2 cups per day.

 

To figure out adequate milk intake for 5 days to 10 weeks: 2.5 X baby’s weight in lbs = ounces of milk needed.

 

Milk Intake Guide for the Newborn