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, neonates with a birth weight < 1500 g should receive 10% glucose in continuous IV infusion for the first 48 hours of life (Appendix 5). If the neonate is clinically stable, very small amounts of breast milk of 10 ml/kg per day can be started on D1 while awaiting transfer to a neonatal care unit.
If it is not possible to administer an IV infusion or to transfer to a neonatal care unit, give expressed breast milk and 10% glucose together orally as per the tables below.


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.