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# I babysit for a breastfeeding mom... she pumps so I have milk... he is 3 months... how many ounces should I feed him?

Asked by Anonymous at 12:23 AM on Apr. 15, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

• That's something you need to ask the mom! She should be telling you those kinds of details, she might have the baby on specifics.

Answer by Malibustacy at 12:25 AM on Apr. 15, 2010

• Why not just ask her?

But in my case, my child was eating 4 ounces every 2 hours at 3 months old.

Answer by MissMommyK at 12:26 AM on Apr. 15, 2010

• I did ask her... she isn't sure exactly since she is new at this babysitting and pumping things... boobs don't show ounces lol.

Answer by Anonymous at 12:29 AM on Apr. 15, 2010

• Oh Ok, in that case....
"Take your baby's weight in pounds and multiply it by two and a half to three times. Then, divide this number by the total number of feedings per day to arrive at the approximate feeding amount, in ounces, for each feeding."

Answer by Malibustacy at 12:32 AM on Apr. 15, 2010

• I've also heard 24oz in 24 hours.So for example if baby eats 8 times in 24 hours divide 24 by 8...

Answer by Malibustacy at 12:35 AM on Apr. 15, 2010

• The general rule is one oz per hour... Is mom nursing right before dropping him? Then feed 2-3 hours after you get him and offer 2-3 oz. 2-3 hours after that, again offer 2-3 oz. No milk for 2 hours before mom gets back (so she can nurse immediately). The amount he takes should not change over time outside of growth spurts (which, hopefully mom can leave you will a freezer stash for).

Remember that babies will overeat from bottles if given the opportunity, so make sure you have really slow flow nipples and stop to burp frequently. Don't reach for the milk first thing if he gets fussy, try everything else first. Bottom line is that moms needs to be able to replace the milk he drank the next day with what she was able to pump at work... and sometimes it's not much. Expressed milk in a bottle is just meant to hold baby over until he can be with mom again.

Answer by LeanneC at 12:36 AM on Apr. 15, 2010

• He needs about one to one and a half ounces per hour of separation. Leanne's guidelines are dead on target...follow 'em. Brastmilk is nothing like formula so forget anything you may have learned with it...except efficient bottle cleaning methods.

Answer by gdiamante at 12:48 AM on Apr. 15, 2010

• Ask the mother. She is the one that knows how much he is eating right now. The advice of "well meaning" mothers on here may not be accurate for THIS child or THIS mother.

Answer by Anonymous at 4:36 AM on Apr. 15, 2010

• about an oz per hr she is away from him.

Answer by clovismommy25 at 8:25 AM on Apr. 15, 2010

• Anon 436 has reading comprehension issues. OP said "the mother does not know" so OP should ask a mom that does not know?? Duhr...

Okay, what LeanneC said is absolutely correct. Kellymom.com is a great resource for this same exact information. It even has a little calculator that you put in how often baby eats and it'll tell you how many ounces to use.

Answer by Anonymous at 9:30 AM on Apr. 15, 2010

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