Does anyone know how breastmilk compares to formula in terms of how much a baby needs? I'm reading here and on Kellymom that my 5 month old would need somewhere between 19 and 30 oz of breastmilk. My lactation consultant told me he needs about 45 oz of formula. He's a big 18 pound boy. That seems like a HUGE discrepancy and seemingly contradictory as I would have guessed that babies would need to eat MORE breastmilk since it's digested faster.
Can someone please help me understand this? My baby is currently on a nursing strike and I'm trying desperately to figure out if it's because I just suddenly slowed down a lot and no longer have enough for him (which it certainly feels like) or because I just finally regulated and he doesn't want to work for a letdown (I had big o/s problems in the beginning and he's used to milk just pouring into his mouth.
I've still been able to get him to nurse at least once in the middle of the night until last night. He tried hard but couldn't get my milk to let down for several minutes and quit. I was devastated. So I've been EP all day and will probably end up with somewhere between 27-31oz for the 24 hour period. That seems like it should be enough (according to what I read here), and so far today he's sleeping and acting pretty normal eating what I've pumped without any supplements, although his diapers are not as wet as they used to be. Still getting at least 6, but not peeing through to his clothes anymore And 27-31 is still a far cry from 45 oz. My breasts feel empty all the time and let down is taking longer and longer the more days I'm pumping instead of nursing.
I want to solve this riddle and any help would be WONDERFUL!!
Please forgive me if this posted more than once. Either the computer or the website is being WEIRD right now.