Number of ounces and bottles a day

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Registered: 11-15-2010
Number of ounces and bottles a day
Mon, 11-15-2010 - 10:52am

I've been watching this board for the past month and I can't tell you how helpful you have all been to me.

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Registered: 05-04-2009
Mon, 11-15-2010 - 12:41pm

Welcome to the board!

Your supply should be established at 12 weeks, but weaning off the domperidone might still cause a supply drop. My supply didn't drop when I stopped taking it, but my understanding is that it is quite common to lose the increase after stopping. I believe a significant % of ladies need to keep taking dom as long as they need the extra ounces. Hopefully your supply will stay as high after you wean, but if it drops, you can resume taking the dom.

I can sympathize with the feeling that you're taking/doing an overwhelming number of remedies related to nursing/pumping. In the beginning, I felt like my entire day was nothing but eating foods and taking supplements to boost my supply, treating sore nipples, and pumping. I'm so glad the rubbing alcohol helped you heal, and that you were able to stop taking the fenugreek and blessed thistle. It sounds like your routine is already getting a lot better. :)

Part of the reason I have kept pumping for so long is that I wanted to make those difficult first weeks "worth it." I feel like I really paid my dues the first 12 weeks, paving the way to having a nice supply and an easier pumping experience for the next 9+ months. I hope that you find pumping much easier in the coming weeks.

My baby tends to take smaller amounts throughout the day now - 1 or 2 ounces here and there. Occasionally she chugs 5-8 ounces. I tend to give her a larger amount in the morning, and smaller amounts throughout the rest of the day. When she was 12 weeks, I believe she usually drank around 4 ounces at a time. Her intake has averaged 26 ounces per day, but she has ranged from 17/18 ounces to 30+ ounces per day. Your baby might be taking more now because of a growth spurt, but even if 35-40 ounces becomes his everyday consumption, I wouldn't worry (unless a problem arises or your ped suggests there's something wrong).


Mom to Ashley Elizabeth, born 11/3/09

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Registered: 03-14-2010
Mon, 11-15-2010 - 1:44pm
I agree with pp- every baby is different, and also every mom's milk is different, so babies' intakes vary big time also. My son was drinking 36+ oz's a day since he was 3 months old. And during growth spurts his intake could go as high as 42-45 oz's. He never spit up at all, even when was very small, so I just figured that's how much he's going to eat. Not a big surprise since his dad is also a big eater;) lol what surprises me is that he's not even chubby, he's pretty lean, but very strong :))). At first he was eating every 2.5-3 hours, then slowly started to drop feedings. I could just tell if he didn't seem hungry at a usual time anymore, I stretched the time between feedings more. Now at a year he mostly eats 5 times a day, 3 of which are solid meals with 2-3 oz's of bm. But he also drinks milk here and there throughout the day, usually averaging about 30 oz's...I thing it's a try and see situation. Some babies tend to drink bigger amounts less frequently, and others prefer little sips all day long. He's probably having a growth spurt right now, 3 months is just that time. But once it's over you can try to stretch out the time between feedings again and see how he takes it.
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Registered: 05-13-2008
Tue, 11-16-2010 - 9:09pm

Congrats for making it this far!!! My ds was taking 40 ounces at 3 months and has continues at 35-40 now at 11 months. My first ds topped off at 19 ounces a day. Dd took up to 52 ounces a day :0

Mom to 4 sweet blessings. 6,5, 3, and 16 months.
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Wed, 11-17-2010 - 3:50am

im so worried about my baby, she would only take 15 oz yesterday. thats NOTHING. she never goes more than 20. im really glad she has her 2 month checkup tommarow