Dr. Pamela Smith, ND 

Dr. Pam has a family practice at The Nest Family Wellness Centre which offers naturopathic and midwifery care. She combines science-based natural medicine with conventional medical therapeutics. Learn more about Dr. Pam and the services offered by her clinic here, or book an appointment at www.drpamelasmith.com.

Check out the latest Ask Dr Pam Q&A and posts by topic below as well as her health and wellness posts.

Ask Dr Pam   

How much breast milk or formula should my newborn baby be drinking?


Your newborn will most likely be feeding every 2-4 hours in the beginning. Generally, a newborn’s stomach is the size of a cherry the first two days of life, a whole walnut by day four, and finally around the size of an egg at two weeks of age. Typically, a newborn will consume 2-3 ounces per feed in the first month. Once you and your baby get to know each other, you will recognize their signals for when they are truly full (an example includes turning their head away from nipple/bottle). Your baby should be having six wet diapers per day by the first two weeks if they are getting enough to drink throughout the day.

See this post for more details about how many wet and dirty diapers your baby should be having depending on their age.

Read this post for more information about how often babies should be fed.