I am exclusively breastfeeding my 1 month old son. I'm pumping to store up for after the new year when I am going to need to look for part time work in addition to the portrait sessions I get in my little budding photography studio in order to help pay for my student loans.
Anyway if I pump for approximately 10 minutes I will get 1-2 oz out of each side depending on how long it has been since the last time baby nursed. I freeze 4 oz in each bag. Not sure why it just seemed like a good amount. lol
So my dh gave him a bottle the other night just to see how he would do with it since I have a photo session scheduled for next week and will likely be gone long enough for the baby to need to eat once without me here. (He tends to want to nurse every hour from about 6 - 10pm but then sleeps for 5-6 hours has nearly every night since coming home from the hospital, lucky me I know.) He did just fine going from breast to bottle back to breast btw. I was so relieved.
The bottle had 4oz in it and I think he drank between 2.5 and 3oz probably closer to 3oz. The reason I couldn't tell exactly is because we use breastflow bottles and if you aren't familiar with them the nipple traps probably an ounce to an ounce and a half of milk that doesn't go back into the bottle so there aren't measurement lines to go off of.
Now that I've rambled, I'm just wondering if we gave him the right amount of milk or if I am overfeeding him terribly here since he nurses approximately 10 times a day. I guess I should also add that we would expect to give him the 4oz bottle every 2 hours while I'm gone. Of course allowing him to stop when he stops NOT when the bottle is empty so I would expect he would take 2.5 -3 oz every 2 hrs. (BTW I know I could bag less milk to freeze, but as lazy as it sounds I really don't want to have to split that much milk into that many bags everyday since I always get at least two ounces at a time so either way we would most likely need to get out 4 oz at every feeding unless I would have some one ounce bags or dump out one ounce a day which seems wasteful since eventually he may take the full 4 oz at a time)
Answer by mamaoftwins9197 at 3:49 PM on Dec. 22, 2010
Answer by gdiamante at 3:50 PM on Dec. 22, 2010
Answer by mompam at 3:50 PM on Dec. 22, 2010
By mid-January he'll likely be taking the full 4 ounces, or even more, almost every time. You might waste a little using 4 ounce bags right now, but within a month or two you will likely need to have some 1 or 2 ounce bags to add to the 4 ounce bags when 4 ounces isn't enough anymore. By 4 or 5 months he'll probably level out and be more predictable. GL!
Answer by TweenAndTwinMom at 3:56 PM on Dec. 22, 2010
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Answer by ecodani at 4:43 PM on Dec. 22, 2010
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Answer by LeanneC at 9:22 PM on Dec. 22, 2010