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    Default Bottle issues

    Hello I'm a new member and first time mom!

    DS is 8 weeks old and has been BF well since birth. DH and I wanted to start introducing a bottle of pumped milk once a day to get him used to it for when I return to work in 6 weeks. Since I did not know exactly how much he needed, I started out with about 2.5-3 ounces. He would drink it all (takes him forever still) and then he would be content. However, usually less than an hour later he starts his "hunger" screaming and crying and either I nurse him or give another 1-2 ounces in the bottle. Do you think he didn't eat enough initially or does he just want the comfort of the breast (since DH does all the bottle feeding)? When I BF he can usually go 3-4 hours between feedings now, so we are a bit concerned that after taking the bottle he needs to eat again right away.
    DS born 11/23/11

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    Default Re: Bottle issues

    I wonder if he guzzles it down so fast he doesn't realize he is full, so he thinks he needs to eat more later.

    Most babies take 1 to 1.5 oz per hour of separation from mom.
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    Default Re: Bottle issues

    If the plan is to introduce baby to practice bottles now in preparation for going back to work, I would put much less in the bottle. No more than 1 or at most 2 ounces. So what if he wants to nurse shortly after? Then nurse him. Babies at this age do not usually fall into a regular 'every so and so hours' pattern. They are hungry when they are hungry (or need comfort when they need comfort) and the best way to ensure a great supply and make sure baby is getting enough is to let baby nurse as much as baby will, no need to concern yourself if its "for hunger" or "for comfort." Babies always get both when nursing. You cannot nurse too much, but you can overfeed with a bottle.

    Cutting back on bottles and/or the amount in the bottle would allow you to not use so much pumped milk now, allowing you to more easily build up a stash in the freezer that can be a cushion for when you go back to work. Also would allow you to not have to pump so much now and rather enjoy your exclusive time with your baby.

    This has great ideas for bottle feeding the breastfed baby: http://www.llli.org/docs/00000000000...astfedbaby.pdf

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    Default Re: Bottle issues

    Thanks for this post! It gave me some tips for when I introduce the bottle as well.

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    DS is now taking the bottle and appears to be satisfied afterwards. He no longer cries for more soon afterwards. Thanks for the comments and suggestions!
    DS born 11/23/11

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    I know this doesn't reference the question you asked, but I just wanted to suggest offering the breast more often during the day. 3-4 hours is a long time for such a young baby to go between feedings, and encouraging more daytime feedings might result in baby going longer without needing to eat at night. Just something to try!
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