Appendix 4. Daily amounts required for feeding

Birth weight ≥ 2500 g


Total (ml/kg/day)

Breast milk

D1

60

8 x 23 ml

D2

80

8 x 30 ml

D3

100

8 x 38 ml

D4

120

8 x 45 ml

D5

140

8 x 53 ml

D6

160

8 x 60 ml

D7

160-180

8 x 60-68 ml

D8 and after

160-200*

8 x 60-75 ml

* Up to 220 ml/kg may be given, if necessary for growth.

Birth weight 2000 g – < 2500 g


Total (ml/kg/day)

Breast milk

D1

60

8 x 17 ml

D2

80

8 x 23 ml

D3

100

8 x 28 ml

D4

120

8 x 34 ml

D5

140

8 x 40 ml

D6

160

8 x 45 ml

D7

160-180

8 x 45-51 ml

D8 and after

160-200*

8 x 45-56 ml

* Up to 220 ml/kg may be given, if necessary for growth.

Birth weight 1500 g – < 2000 g


Total (ml/kg/day)

Breast milk

D1

60

8 x 13 ml

D2

80

8 x 18 ml

D3

100

8 x 22 ml

D4

120

8 x 26 ml

D5

140

8 x 31 ml

D6

160

8 x 35 ml

D7

160-180

8 x 35-39 ml

D8 and after

160-200*

8 x 35-44 ml

* Up to 220 ml/kg may be given, if necessary for growth.

Birth weight 1250 g – < 1500 g

In principle, newborns whose birth weight is < 1500 g should receive only 10% glucose in continuous IV infusion for the first 48 hours of life, due to the very high risk of acute necrotising enterocolitis with rapid early enteral nutrition.

The table below shows how much milk and glucose to administer simultaneously by mouth, as a last resort – that is, only when it is impossible to administer a continuous infusion and the newborn cannot be transferred to a neonatal care unit.


Total (ml/kg/day)

Breast milk

10% glucose

D1

80

12 x 5 ml

12 x 4 ml

D2

100

12 x 7 ml

12 x 4 ml

D3

120

12 x 10 ml

12 x 4 ml

D4

140

12 x 14 ml

12 x 2 ml

D5

160

12 x 18 ml

D6

160-180

12 x 18-21 ml

D7

160-200

12 x 18-23 ml

D8 and after

160-200*

12 x 18-23 ml

* Up to 220 ml/kg may be given, if necessary for growth.

Birth weight 1000 g – < 1250 g


Total (ml/kg/day)

Breast milk

10% glucose

D1

80

12 x 5 ml

12 x 3 ml

D2

100

12 x 6 ml

12 x 3 ml

D3

120

12 x 8 ml

12 x 3 ml

D4

140

12 x 11 ml

12 x 2 ml

D5

160

12 x 15 ml

D6

160-180

12 x 15-17 ml

D7

160-200

12 x 15-19 ml

D8 and after

160-200*

12 x 15-19 ml

* Up to 220 ml/kg may be given, if necessary for growth.