Traveling...how much milk?

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Registered: 10-16-2007
Traveling...how much milk?
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Sun, 05-16-2010 - 11:27am

I am going out of town next weekend for a conference and will be gone 5 days! My baby will be almost 11 months. I didn't want to start introducing any cows milk for another month or two. He was born a month early and seems to be about a month behind developmentally...although with feeding him other foods I've gone off his birth schedule and he's doing really well with finger/table foods.

First, I'm wondering how much milk he should be drinking at that age? He takes anywhere from 4-8 oz from the nanny during the day and then nurses an additional 3 times at a MINIMUM. When he's teething, like last night, he nursed all night long. (Seriously!)

I am thinking he probably drinks about 15 oz a day. I just counted my freezer stash and I have 78 ounces...so if I'm right that's just enough.

Maybe I'll have DH keep formula upstairs and feed him that if he wants to eat in the middle of the night. (Maybe that will encourage night weaning, LOL.)

Or I'm wondering if I can cut back on the bottles and have DH try to get some water in him instead?

Any advice for me?

I might be able to ship some milk home in the middle of my trip, but I think it's going to be all I can do to get my pumps in. I'm hoping to be able to pump 3x/day.

What do you think about having him add an ounce of goats milk to the breastmilk to stretch it a bit? Although if he does that will it have to be tossed if he doesn't finish the bottle right away?

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Michelle

Mom to Addison (8) & Gabriel (5)

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Registered: 01-12-2006
Sun, 05-16-2010 - 7:33pm

I think it may depend a bit on how many solids baby is eating. Obviously if baby is eating very little in the way of solids, he may need more milk than a baby who is eating a few high calorie solids. I wasn't every gone for a week from my oldest, but I was gone for a day or two. We found that she ate more solids when I was away than she did when she was with me (she didn't care for bottles much and just chose to get more of her calories in other ways during my absence).

Here's a link w/ some research data (go all the way down to the bottom) which shows babies on average were taking about 19 oz at 11 mos. These are babies that are getting 25-50 percent of their daily calories via solid foods, or so it seems to me.

http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/milkcalc.html

HTH

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Registered: 10-16-2007
Tue, 05-18-2010 - 1:17am

Thanks. He certainly could take in as many as 20 ounces a day, with some days when he's more distracted or teething being less. Plus I can totally see DH filling him up with solids, LOL. Some good news is I am only going for 4 days now, rather than 5. Still too long but better.

I am starting to stress that he won't want to nurse when I get back. I never left my DD this long when she was a baby. :(

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Michelle

Mom to Addison (8) & Gabriel (5)

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Registered: 01-12-2006
Tue, 05-18-2010 - 1:33am

I've left both my girls sometime around their 2nd birthday. Both were still nursing when I left. I of course pumped while away, but I was concerned (particularly with my first) that she wouldn't be interested in nursing when I returned. She met me at the airport and had asked to nurse within 5 minutes of my return. Furthermore, she actually went through a period for a month or so where she seemed to want to nurse ALL THE TIME following my trip. Doc said he thought this was totally normal, given my absence. He said give it more time and she'd go back to eating solids again and nursing just a couple times a day. Sure enough ... she did. But she certainly didn't wean. I wasn't as worried about #2, given my experience with #1, although clearly it could have happened. My 2nd did punish me a bit when I returned but she still wanted to nurse, at first it was only when she was tired but soon she was back to normal nursing too.

HTH