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If I need to pump and leave my DD with a sitter, does an ounce an hour still apply if she's 3 months old? I'm asking because she eats every 2-3 hours and 2-3 ounces don't seem like alot in one feeding.

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Asked by Anonymous at 3:02 PM on Jan. 15, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • According to La Leche League's Breastfeeding Answer Book, 3rd edition, on average most breastfed babies take between 2-4 ounces about 8-12 times per day, consuming about 28-32 ounces total per day. Don't compare it to amounts of formula you see babies getting in bottles. Even though breastfed babies grow at the same average rate as formula fed babies, they consume 25% fewer calories because their metabolism works so much more efficiently.

    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 3:33 PM on Jan. 15, 2010

  • yes, thats all she needs. i would pump one ounce more just in case .some kids are different my ds took 4 oz eevry 2 hrs for the first 6 mts

    Answer by piwife at 4:02 PM on Jan. 15, 2010

  • It's of if your baby doesn't take much when you are gone. The baby will make uup for it when you get home. What the baby gets in 24 hours is what's important for the minimum amount. A breastfed baby can overeat because they may just keep sucking away. The baby may need only 2 ounces but suck down 8. Then the baby may sleep, be fussy, or spit it all back up.

    Answer by Gailll at 4:09 PM on Jan. 15, 2010

  • Pretty much. Give or take a little. I'd definitely leave milk in no more then 2 oz portions, otherwise sitter may unintentionally overfeed baby.


    Answer by Krysta622 at 4:39 PM on Jan. 15, 2010

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