TABLE 8Recommended feed volumes for LBW infants

2000–2500 g (3-HOURlY)1500–2000 g (3-HOURlY)1000–1500 g (EVERY 2 HOURS)*
Day 117126
Day 222167
Day 327208
Day 432249
Day 5372811
Day 6403213
Day 7423516

If the baby is cup feeding, add 5 ml per feed to allow for spillage and variability of infant's appetite.


For infants with birth weight <1250 g who do not show signs of feeding readiness, start with small 1–2 ml feeds every 1–2 hours and give the rest of the fluid requirement as intravenous fluids.

From: SESSION 6, Appropriate feeding in exceptionally difficult circumstances

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