How Much Milk Does My Baby Need?

Your newborn will feed at least 8-12 times a day based on their tummy size. Follow your baby’s hunger cues to know when baby is hungry. Frequent feedings early on are exactly what your baby and your milk supply needs.

Day 1: Your baby’s stomach holds 5-7 ml (1 teaspoon) at a time. This is the size of a cherry. You will produce about 30 ml (1 oz) of early milk/colostrum in the first 24 hours.

Day 3: Your baby’s stomach holds about 22-27 ml at a time. This is about the size of a ping pong ball or a walnut.

One Week: Your baby’s stomach can hold 45-60 ml (1 ½-2 oz) at a feeding and is the size of an apricot.

One month: Your baby will now be taking between 80-150 ml (3-5 oz) per feeding. The baby’s stomach is now about the size of a large chicken egg.

At one month most parents will be producing nearly as much milk as their baby will ever need. Because the rate of growth slows as babies get older they continue to need about the same amount of breastmilk per day from one month to six months of age.

WIC Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2024! WIC is a supplemental nutrition program that provides health and nutrition education, nutritious foods, and quality breastfeeding support. With resilience and compassion, WIC continues to play a crucial role in addressing the nutritional needs of the communities we serve.

WIC Throughout the Years

In 1974, the first WIC clinic opened in Pineville, Kentucky, following a two-year pilot program by Dr. David Paige. The program’s success grew, and within one year, 45 states established a WIC program. Today, the program serves 6.7 million participants across 89 U.S. States, Tribes, and Territories.

Our agency, PHFE WIC, is the largest in the nation and currently serves over 180,000 parents and children annually. Families can connect to their WIC counselors and their appointments by phone, video, in person, and online. We are committed to offering our community the best customer service, empathy, and support. Families in Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino counties can apply for WIC online or text ‘APPLY’ to 91997 to get started.

WIC’s 50th Celebration Event

In January 2024, the National WIC Association (NWA) celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first WIC clinic opening in Pineville, Kentucky. The event was held at Bell Theater and attended by several local and state leaders to celebrate the program’s milestone.

The event honored Dr. David Paige, the founder of WIC, and Betty Hopkins, a nurse and first WIC employee. Both worked together to help shape the WIC program in Pineville and paved the way for additional states to follow.

Thank You for Connecting Families to WIC

The future of the WIC program continues to grow with increased funding and accessibility. With our staff and community partners who share our commitment to improving the health and well-being of parents and children in our communities, WIC is as successful as it is today.

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