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How much breast milk does a 6-month-old need?
Q: As a firefighter, I’m away from my 6-month-old son for 24-hour shifts. I pump my breast milk during that time, and my husband feeds it to him. We aren’t sure how much milk to put in his bottles or how often he should be eating.
A: I am so pleased to hear you are still breastfeeding despite your extensive working hours, Christie. You are a great role model for breastfeeding women everywhere!

Infants older than 6 months generally take about 8 ounces of breast milk or formula at a feeding. However, there will be times when it is as little as 6 ounces or as much as 12, depending on growth spurts or the amount of solid food being offered. Remember, too, that you might notice a slight decline in the amount of milk you can pump during times of high stress, so if you have a very busy shift it may make a difference. Just be assured that your volume will increase once you relax.

Susan M. Leisner RD, IBCLC, RLC Nutritionist & Lactation Consultant