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Breastmilk Supply: How much should I be producing?


One question my moms often ask me is "How much milk should I be making after baby is born?" Moms often perceive having a low milk supply because of a misunderstanding of how much their baby should be getting. During the first 24 hours, the average health newborn consumes up to 10ml each feeding. This is just a small amount of colostrum! So, even if it doesn't seem like you're making enough, baby is probably getting what their body need. We always want to keep baby close to us and watch closely for hunger cues.

During the first 24 hours mom is able to typically produce around 37 ml total. By day 3, that increases to around 408ml/day. By day 5, mom's should typically produce 705ml/day. There are certain maternal conditions or circumstances in which mom may truly have a low supply. In these cases, we always recommend working closely with a lactation specialist.

At Little Ones, Infant and Pediatric Therapy, we offer prenatal feeding consultations to help set mom and baby up for success. These consultations are great for moms who have delivered before or are delivering for the first time. At that time, we can set up initial feeding consultations in- home during the first week of life!

Little Ones, Infant and Pediatric Therapy is located in Lubbock, TX. Owner,, Speech-Language Pathologist and Certified Lactation Counselor, Kelli Barnes focuses on speech and feeding therapy for infant and pediatric populations, as well as offering lactation support. Give us a call at (806)370-0851 to schedule your appointment today!


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