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# How much does he need to eat?

I am leaving my three month old son with a sitter for the first time and I breast feed him so I don't measure how much he eats. How much milk should I pump to make sure he has enough while I'm gone?

Asked by jessflynn at 12:24 PM on Sep. 30, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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• You can leave several bottles with 2 ounces. That way breastmilk won't be wasted.

Answer by Gailll at 12:26 PM on Sep. 30, 2009

• It depends on the kid. My sons took 8oz of formula...most didn't.

You'll have to pump and see how much he takes, then you'll know how much to leave.

Answer by Anonymous at 12:34 PM on Sep. 30, 2009

• I found this on Kellymom: http://kellymom.com/bf/pumping/milkcalc.html

* Estimate the number of times that baby nurses per day (24 hours).
* Then divide 25 oz by the number of nursings.
* This gives you a "ballpark" figure for the amount of expressed milk your exclusively breastfed baby will need at one feeding.

Example: If baby usually nurses around 8 times per day, you can guess that baby might need around 3 ounces per feeding when mom is away. (25/8=3.1).

Answer by carlye828 at 1:14 PM on Sep. 30, 2009

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