How Much Breast Milk Should My One-Year-Old Drink?

I exclusively pump. How much breast milk should my one-year-old drink?
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ByMichael Lee, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center and pediatrician at Children’s Medical Center Dallas
Pediatrician
Updated
Mar 2017
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All kids are different, but generally speaking, toddlers should drink two to three 8 oz. cups of milk a day — whether that milk is breast milk or cow’s milk. If he’s on the younger side, he might drink a little more than that; if he’s a bit older, it might be a little less. That’s okay. Remember: We’re talking guidelines, not strict rules.

As your child starts to eat more table food, and perhaps transition to whole cow’s milk, his breast milk intake will likely decrease. That’s normal.

Since you’re still nursing, you should make sure you’re getting enough rest and adequate nutrition, so you can continue to produce high-quality milk. (Easier said than done with a toddler in the house, we know!) Talk to your doctor to see if a multivitamin (for you) is a good option.

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