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Old 07-29-2011, 09:59 AM   #1
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How much milk

Should I leave for a 12mo for 3 days? I think I remember 40oz of formula a day being the suggested max, but I don't know about bm.

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Old 07-29-2011, 12:48 PM   #2
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Re: How much milk

40 oz seems awfully high to me. At 12 months, it probably varies a lot depending on how much solids he is taking. According to Kellymom, the average at 12 months is just under 20 oz per day, but if he's not taking a lot of solids, then it could be more for you. I wouldn't think more than 30 oz though.

http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/milkcalc.html
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Old 07-29-2011, 12:58 PM   #3
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That's a relief. He nurses often still, but he will eat anything you put in front of him. I keep thinking I need to leave 50oz a day and I don't think I'll have that much pumped. I could have 90 total by then though as long as I remember to pump everyday.

Thanks for the link too. I'll check it out as soon as I get this guy down for a nap.
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Old 07-29-2011, 01:10 PM   #4
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the website pointed out an issue that was confusing for me. I would leave 4-6 oz with the sitter for a 3.5 hour datenight and many times she would thaw an extra bag of milk. I would usually nurse him before I left, and if awake, as soon as I got home. He does seem to eat more at night and maybe he was eating for comfort? It was usually a breastflow bottle, so it shouldn't have been flying out or anything.

Anyway, I think that is what had me worried that I couldn't pump enough to leave.
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Re: How much milk

My lo drinks alot of bm when im gone but I think its due to DH feeding him at every cry. He does nurse for comfort as well so I think that plays a part as well. Anyway, I have worked some long shift (20hours) and my DH used around 45 oz of bm when I am gone for 21 hours with the drive. My ds is 6 months old. He just started solids so maybe it will decrease and tomorrow is my last 20 hour shift. Thank goodness!!! I am only able to pump 25 to 30 oz during that time so I have had to pump through the week to have enough. My freezer stash only has 50 oz left
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Re: How much milk

I think mine took 26-30 oz. 40 sounds like a lot.
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On the off chance ~30oz a day isn't enough, I'll just tell my friend to mix with cows milk. He's had some of his brothers and it didn't seem to upset his tummy or anything. Hopefully it will be enough though.
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Bottle feeding force feeds a baby and doesn't satisfy that suck craving breadtfed babies have, so they almost always over eat at bottle if allowed.

Rule of thumb is 1 ounce per hour away from mom. Leave instructions on HOW to bottle feed the nursing baby. They do often cry after their bottle is done, it's mostly due to the lack of suck and that their tummy hasn't told their brain 'full!!'

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Is it the same for sippy cups and straw cups? I've stopped leaving bottles.
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Yes. It does. It's actually the MAX at that age since solids tend to be a huge part of the diet. It's often down to 16-20 ounces.
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