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Old 08-14-2011, 01:09 PM   #11
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It's true we are learning so much more about lactation and breastmilk thAn ever before. It's like magic

Some providers and LC's aren't as current as others. But yes, the milk changes to meet their needs. But be aware, bottle feeding FORCE feeds a baby so many babies over eat at the bottle, partly because mom and dad think the tears after it's finished means they are sti hungry and partly because all of us, when our stomachs are just about to burst, curl up and wanna die, so we pass out. It's tricky. Kellymom.com has a calculator for how much expressed milk yr baby needs a bottle should never be over 4 ounces. They tummy is the size of their fist, keep that in mind. My kids took 2.5 ounces every two hours away from me. Right where they should be!

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Re: How many ounces...

I agree. They don't need more total ounces per day, but you could choose to space it differently so that each bottle has more, but there are fewer bottles. At my dd's daycare, there were 8 babies, half breastfed and half formula fed. The breastfed babies all had bottles of 4 oz or less, regardless of age, and the formula fed babies all had bottles of 4 oz or more, regardless of age but increasing with age too. It's common to see a formula fed baby with an 8 oz bottle, but it is very uncommon for a breastfed baby.

For my own baby, at 4 months when I went back to work, I sent 5 bottles of 2 oz (total 10 oz). At about 5.5 months, I started sending 4 bottles of 2.5 oz (total still 10 oz). At 7 months I started sending 3 bottles of 3 oz (total 9 oz) plus food. I never increased it again after that. I always used the small bottles and the stage 1 nipples.
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Re: How many ounces...

The PP have covered it pretty well, but I just wanted to add one thing. Daycares will, for the most part, encourage babies to drink more at each feeding like FF babies do. For one thing, that is what they are used to, but less feedings makes it easier on the workers. So if your babe goes to daycare, you will probably need to work on educating the workers as to what is normal for a BF baby. If not, it can really damage your milk supply (baby eats too much at DC, then doesn't nurse as much at home, your supply goes down and then you can't pump enough for them during the day).
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Old 08-15-2011, 10:58 AM   #14
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The PP have covered it pretty well, but I just wanted to add one thing. Daycares will, for the most part, encourage babies to drink more at each feeding like FF babies do. For one thing, that is what they are used to, but less feedings makes it easier on the workers. So if your babe goes to daycare, you will probably need to work on educating the workers as to what is normal for a BF baby. If not, it can really damage your milk supply (baby eats too much at DC, then doesn't nurse as much at home, your supply goes down and then you can't pump enough for them during the day).
True. And they will probably tell u, ur child Is starving. If a child cries after a bottle it doesn't 100% mean the child is still hungry. I've bottle fed 2 daycare babes and they almost always cried after a bottle. A little tlc and they were happy as clams 2 min later u just gotta know how the bottle/vbreastfeeding relationship works.
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The PP have covered it pretty well, but I just wanted to add one thing. Daycares will, for the most part, encourage babies to drink more at each feeding like FF babies do. For one thing, that is what they are used to, but less feedings makes it easier on the workers. So if your babe goes to daycare, you will probably need to work on educating the workers as to what is normal for a BF baby. If not, it can really damage your milk supply (baby eats too much at DC, then doesn't nurse as much at home, your supply goes down and then you can't pump enough for them during the day).
Totally agree. Plus, if they start taking more in the bottle, their stomach will stretch, causing them to feel like they need more in order to feel full in the future. Which leads to you having trouble pumping enough, and also to baby not being satisfied at the breast at home.
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another yep. We "topped out" at 4 or 5 oz. at a time. I'm sure he was getting closer to 6 or 8 out of the boobs sometimes.

I have a super little one, and I have noticed I went from probably 2oz to more like 3oz and I expect by 3m to be in the 4 zone. But then they eat less frequently too. Bigger bellies and all.
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Re: How many ounces...

Thanks for all the info ladies. This makes me feel so much better. My sister watches my dd while I am at work and when I told her about ebf babies not needing more ounces she thought I was crazy.

I send 4 bottles with 3 ounces each but she has only been drinking about 9 ounces while I am gone (I work 9 hours). My sister didn't think that was enough so she said she was going to buy some formula to keep at her house to give her.

I will have to share this thread with her so she will believe me and not think I am starving my baby.
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Thanks for all the info ladies. This makes me feel so much better. My sister watches my dd while I am at work and when I told her about ebf babies not needing more ounces she thought I was crazy.

I send 4 bottles with 3 ounces each but she has only been drinking about 9 ounces while I am gone (I work 9 hours). My sister didn't think that was enough so she said she was going to buy some formula to keep at her house to give her.

I will have to share this thread with her so she will believe me and not think I am starving my baby.
Your daughter is drinking EXACTLY what she should. One ounce per hour away from mom I would send 3, 3 ounce bottles. Give ur sister 2 ounces to put in her freezer, on the off chance baby needs it one day.
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Re: How many ounces...

I'm EBFing DD who is 4 months and she won't take a bottle. At this age, DS would have about 4oz per feed.

I'm giving him BM as often as I can (he sometimes rejects it) and he'll still only have about 4oz BUT when he has a bottle of goats milk, he'll have 8-9oz.

I've never really thought about it... I assumed he liked the goats milk better. Maybe I was wrong?

Thanks for asking this question OP!
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Old 08-16-2011, 12:51 AM   #20
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Re: How many ounces...

i'm so glad I read this! My DS hasn't had a bottle, yet, but I've been pumping in case we need to use it. I kept going back and forth on how much to put in each individual bag. The most I've put was 6 oz in a few bags. Makes me feel better about putting 4 oz in most of the bags!
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