New to board. Needing guidance and a little pep talk.

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-22-2011
New to board. Needing guidance and a little pep talk.
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Fri, 12-23-2011 - 10:44am

Hi ladies,

I am so glad that I stumbled upon this board. There is just not enough info out there for EPers. Here's my thing... My daughter is 12 weeks today. I've been EPing since we got home from the hospital. She eats 4 oz every 3-4 hours, and has been for about a month. How do I know when to increase the amount of milk she gets with each feeding? I'm also trying to gauge how much she will be ingesting in the next few months. My goal is to make it to 6 months and then on to 9. So I'm curious about how much milk i will need to be producing and if/when I can cut a pumping. Right now, I pump 5x a day, sometimes 6. I produce roughly 40-45oz a day, and have a current stockpile of about 600oz in the freezer.

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Registered: 12-16-2011

Hello and welcome!

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Registered: 10-14-2010
Welcome to the board!

You have a great supply! Most babies top out on their milk consumption around 3-4 months, and usually somewhere between 22 and 35 ounces a day (wide range, I know, but from what I have read and experienced, there are big and little appetites). You should be set to go with 40+ ounces a day. I pumped for a year and never made more than 32 and fed solely breastmilk. You will be way better off than I was! My freezer stash was only a little larger than yours by month 10! And I was still at 7x at 12 weeks--you are doing fantastic!

Setting mini goals is definitely the way to go. Oh, the lack of sleep. Stinks. For deciding how much to feed, my doc suggested just feeding till my daughter seemed satisfied, which seemed to be around 28oz total per day at 12 weeks (and onward). It was just distributed differently. When she started to drain the bottle and crave more, she would then go longer in between with around the same daily total. I remember freaking out all the time about whether I was feeding her too much, not enough, and my doc kept stressing that if she is happy, she is getting the right amount of food, and that she would tell me if it were otherwise...by crying.

At your supply level and at 12 weeks, you can probably drop the middle of the night pump (if you are still doing it--couldn't tell if that's what you meant by "late night").

It sounds like you are doing a really great job!

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Registered: 12-22-2011
Thanks so much!!!! You have definitely helped out! I have dropped my MOTN pumping. My schedule is roughly 6, 10, 2, 5:30, 10-11. Though lately I have had some 4x a day days because of the busy holidays. It doesn't seem to have messed me up too much. Thanks again for the kind words and guidance.