How much breastmilk should baby take?

Expressing is how you can offer baby your breastmilk without him needing to suckle. Here’s how much he’ll need…

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Breastfeeding
is a milestone many mothers look forward to. They are excited to offer sustenance for their babies containing all the vitamins and nutrients they’ll need, especially since breastmilk is packed with disease-fighting substances that’ll protect bubba from illness.

Yet, inexperienced new mums might find getting the right latch frustrating. Besides causing feeding problems for bubba, a shallow latch gives rise to skin damage around the nipple and sore nipples.

Explains Dr Wong Boh Boi, a senior ParentCraft educator at Thomson Medical, “If simple sore nipples are not managed effectively, it can lead to breast infection like mastitis and even, in severe cases, breast abscess.” Other times, issues like a tongue-tie or a cleft lip or palate can make it difficult for bubba to suckle.

Expressing milk means that your baby can carry on enjoying your “liquid gold” while someone else is caring for her. 


Pumping and storing your expressed breastmilk (EBM) for bottlefeeding is a good option if a direct latch is proving too challenging. If you express your milk, your baby can still have the benefits of breastmilk if they are not able to nurse. 

There may be times when you need to be away from your baby, because you have returned to work or even if it’s just a few hours. Expressing milk means that your baby can carry on enjoying your “liquid gold” while someone else is caring for her. 

Dr Wong notes besides feeding with a bottle, you could also try using a cup, finger or syringe. On the plus side, offering EBM lets you track how much your kewpie is consuming. Dr Wong shares how much milk you need to pump or feed your baby…

Infographic: Rachel Lim

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