how much milk do i need?

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Registered: 09-28-2004
how much milk do i need?
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Sat, 11-24-2012 - 1:21pm
I read somewhere, Kelly mom?, that baby who exclusively drink breastmilk from a bottle do not need the same amount of milk as those that drink formula. can anyone verify this? I am 10 weeks in to eping and producing 32-38 ounces a day , baby is 11weeks and wondering how much I need down the line - Lo is taking in about 24 ounces a day now
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Registered: 11-03-2010
Mon, 12-31-2012 - 1:38am
Intake for us only went up a few ounces a day after the 6 week growth spurt. We're at 30 ounces a day. When she would get hungry, we would up each bottle by 10mls to spread the increase throughout the day and to make it easier for her to fit the extra in her stomach.
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Registered: 09-05-2012
Sat, 12-01-2012 - 10:24am
Well, I guess my experience has been different from the previous poster. Around 4-5 months my little one was eating five 8 oz bottles a day! At 5 months she went down to four bottles. At 8 months she is eating the same. Keep doing what you are doing freeze what you can. I'm morning how little I have left in the freezer because I can no longer keep up. I've also read a number of places that yes the composition if milk changes over time but it is so little it doesn't make a difference.
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Registered: 09-28-2004
Fri, 11-30-2012 - 4:19pm
Thanks Dfah. We just started that growth spurt! I was a little scared I may not be able to keep up and my dr. seems to think at one point I won't be able to. I think she just doesn't know much about eping. I hope to prove her wrong and make it to at least 6 months!
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Registered: 07-20-2012
Mon, 11-26-2012 - 12:30pm

Congratulations!!! Good luck with pumping, its hard work but all worth it!

It is true that babies who are formula fed eat less amounts with less frequency, than babies who are fed breast milk be it via breast or bottle. This is because formula is harder to digest than brest milk. Breast milk is custom made for your baby and his/hers specific needs.  As baby grows you will need more milk, but babies on breast milk usually top of at 5-7 ounces. My LO is 11 months and usually drinks about 6onces. This is because the composition of breast milk changes with babies development, so it becomes more and more nutritious, unlike formula which stays the same, so you have to increase the amout you feed.

It sounds like you have a great supply! There is a growth spurt at 12 weeks, 6months and again at 9months. So you may see your LO start dirinking more at these times. If you are pumping 32-38oz a day, sounds like you are in good shape. My LO never drank more than 25 ounces per day, I just froze the rest. Every baby is different, you may find yours drinks a little more or less. I will say this for the first 3-4 months my LO drank like it was going out of style!! Then it slowed down eventually. Like I said she is 11months and still only drinks about 25 ounces per day. Hope this helps,and good luck!