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Thread: How much milk???

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2011

    Default How much milk???

    I will be pumping in a couple weeks because I will be returning to work. Can anyone tell me or point me to a resource that informs me how much milk LO should get in each bottle at each age she is at (i.e. - 3 months = 6oz, 4 months = 7oz, etc.)


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    miles from nowhere

    Default Re: How much milk???

    Most breastfed babies don't ever need more than 4 or 5 ounces at a time. In the early months it is closer to 2 or 3 ounces. The general rule is that your baby will need 1-1.5 ounces for every hour that you are separated. Unlike formula, breastmilk changes in composition and becomes more concentrated as your baby gets older, so the volume doesn't increase all that much.

    Here is a great resource for calculating how much milk you need.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Northern Cal.

    Default Re: How much milk???

    Agree - 1-1.5 oz per hour. And after four months or so, the total volume doesn't go up. It's pretty magic. Anyway, for me, this meant pumping 3 times in an eight to nine hour stretch away from my baby.

    You can call me JoMo!

    Mom to baby boy Joe, born 5/4/09 and breastfed for more than two and a half years, and baby girl Maggie, born 7/9/12.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2011

    Default Re: How much milk???

    When I started DS at daycare, he was 2 months old. I tried to give him 2.5 oz bottles, with the instruction to give it to him every 2 hours. They told me that they felt like it wasn't enough food (ugh) and rather than fight too much, I agreed to increase it to 3 oz, as long as they tried to stretch it a little longer than 2 hours. They weren't able to successfully stretch it until last week (he's now 3 months old), so now he's eating 3 oz about every 2.5 hours.

    I wasn't planning on increasing the quantity... I don't really know if I'm supposed to either. I don't think so, judging by the milk calculator website.
    ~ Megan

    Mommy to Alex (born 2/27/11) and Katie (born 3/31/14)

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2009

    Default Re: How much milk???

    I try to think of it in total ounces. My baby gets on average 14oz of milk per day. She gets 4 bottles right now, and when daycare was making noises like they wanted her to have a 5th bottle, I told them fine, but that they would be smaller bottles w/ the same total amount of milk. They left it at 4. She does fine w/ it - she's just teething right now (like, with actual teeth coming in ).
    Little SW, Aug '09
    Miss MW, Jan '11
    Sir RW, Oct '12
    3 kids in 38 mos

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jun 2011

    Default Re: How much milk???

    Babies are different, and breastmilk is different, too.

    Some babies will need more than average because they are bigger than average, active, etc. I had to pump and feed my daughter entirely, and she ate so much that I was really worried that I was overfeeding her. The pediatrician was very sensible and told me to fill her bottle and let her drink as much of it as she wanted. She told me that it was okay to save the bottle for the next feeding since the antibodies in breastmilk made it safe. (I don't know if your daycare would have issues with that or not.) This was a liberating and helpful way to feed her. Sometimes she had large feedings, sometimes not. She decided.

    Consider your baby's weight and whether he's average, above, or below, and that will help you interpret average amounts that babies should eat.
    I breast milk fed my Blossom for fifteen months (after exclusively pumping for thirteen). My Bud (nineteen months) is still nursing directly (after a rough start that included a few months of pumping and supplementing with mommy's milk).

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