So how much do newborns eat? The wonderful thing about babies is that every one is unique, and because of that, no baby will ever feed by the book. Don’t panic if the following guidelines don’t match your own feeding schedule exactly, but do get in touch with your doctor or your child’s pediatrician if you have any concerns.
In general, newborns drink every two to three hours for a total of eight to 12 times every 24 hours. How many ounces does a newborn drink? At first, you will only produce small amounts of breast milk called colostrum, a yellowish, thick milk. This milk is the perfect source of nutrients that your newborn needs with many immunologic properties.1
How many ounces does a newborn eat? Babies only ingest about one to two ounces per feeding, an amount that will increase to about two to three ounces at two weeks of age. So don’t worry if it seems that you aren’t producing much milk in these first few days after birth! The feeding sessions will also change in terms of duration, starting between 10 to 30 minutes and gradually increasing as your newborn grows.