I have read through the posts about how much breastmilk to leave for caregivers (1 to 1.5 oz per hour away) but I could use some more guidance. My baby is 15 weeks old. I leave for work early in the morning, while my baby's still sleeping, so my husband bottle feeds her first thing in the morning, and then the caregiver feeds her 3 times. If my husband feeds her closer to 5 oz. in the a.m. (she's always hungry for first feeding, so we want to give her more) and then she gets 3 oz three times before I get home (at 3:30) does that sound like too much/too little? We were giving her 5 oz for every bottle, but now she won't nurse well when I got home, even when it's time for bed! I cut her back to 4.5 oz per bottle, but she did the same thing. I'm afraid if she's not eating well once I get home, my supply will drop again, and I've had problems with low supply in the past. I don't have a lot of time to care for her and pump once I get home.
There are unfortunately going to be days I'll just feed her in the morning, and the caregiver and then my husband will have to feed her all day until bedtime. She generally eats about 7 times a day if I were to just breastfeed her. Should I just divide the 25 oz babies usually eat (according to kellymom) by the 7 times she eats?
I pump all different quantities, so I have a hard time just leaving what I pump (when I wake up I pump almost 8 oz, but during the day I pump about 3.5-4 per session).
Hope this isn't confusing, and thanks for all your help. I'm new to the forum!