how much milk?

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Registered: 07-30-2008
how much milk?
 5 Thu, 04-29-2010 - 6:35pm

I'm going to start working in a few months, when my baby is 7 months old.

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Registered: 05-20-2008
 In reply to: bb80 how much milk? Fri, 04-30-2010 - 3:49am

The average baby takes in about 20-30 ounces per day with 24 oz being the average. So to determine about how much milk you should be sending per bottle I you will want to take the number of feedings per day and divide that into 24 oz. So if your baby is nursing 8 times per day then you will want to use th following formula: 24 oz / 8 feedings per day = 3 oz. per bottles. Since your baby might be eating slightly eating as much as 30 oz per day you may need to ad as anywhere from .5 -.75 oz. to his bottles. You should need to sending more then 3.75 oz. per bottle maximum generally. If she seems to needs more then that you should make sure her daycare provider is using the paced bottle feeding method to slow down her feedings otherwise she may end up being overfeed since the switch ion her brain the recognizes she is full a bit slower then the time it takes for a baby to finish a bottle. With paced bottle feeding you slow down the feeding and pause overy so often during the feeding by removing bottle briefly before allowing her to continue to feed off the bottle. The following links explain paced feedings:
http://www.lowmilksupply.org/bottles.shtml

More on pumping and bottle feeding for the working mom:
http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/index.html

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Registered: 09-10-2009
 In reply to: bb80 how much milk? Fri, 04-30-2010 - 8:51am

Charleen, what on earth were you doing up at 3am!! I fully expected this post to be from Teresagem (who lives in Australia). A little insomnia?

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Registered: 05-20-2008
 In reply to: bb80 how much milk? Sat, 05-01-2010 - 10:24pm

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According to the time stamp I an seeing on the message it was posited at 12:49 PM Pacific time (likely just before I retired for the night), not 3am. I'm on the West coast so I'm 3 hours earlier the eastern time. I think IV must be converting adding 3 hours on your end so you see the PT times adjusted for ET time.

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Registered: 04-21-2004
 In reply to: bb80 how much milk? Sun, 05-02-2010 - 2:17am

Fellow W&P mom chiming in here...

I would start with 3 3oz bottles. 9oz in an 8hr period is very normal and would not be considered overfeeding. If you find that you're a few ounces short of that 9oz, there are a couple of things you can do. The more difficult thing would be to add a pump sometime during the day. You would have to wake up earlier than your baby or perhaps do it at night after she goes to bed.

The easier way to fill the gap is to let the DCP feed your daughter her solids for the day. That way, when you're together, she's getting all of her nutrition from YOU. She can stimulate your supply with all the direct nursing, the solids won't be undermining your supply (since you'll be away anyway), and you won't have to worry about adding an extra pump.

As for which milk to feed, it depends on how you'd prefer. Most moms rotate their milk and do so in some different ways. Some will feed frozen milk for just Mon, then Tues-Fri the baby will get the previous day's fresh pumped milk and Fri's milk gets added to the freezer stash. Another mom I know thawed 1 bottle's worth each night and mixed it with fresh milk for the next day. Some moms just send some frozen and some fresh milk each day. It depends on your preference!

Btw...I learned the majority of what I know from the Working and Pumping board. It's a great place for questions like this! http://messageboards.ivillage.com/iv-ppworkpump/

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Registered: 07-30-2008
 In reply to: bb80 how much milk? Sun, 05-02-2010 - 7:31pm

Thank you! Your post was very helpful. I'm going to check out the working and pumping board as well.

Britt

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