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    Default Advice on bottle feeding for the stay at home dad

    Hello there,

    My husband is a stay at home dad and feeds our 2.4 month old little girl pumped breast milk as well as formula if he runs out of milk. He says that she eats well with the bottle, but he worries about overfeeding her because she will often cry when he takes the bottle away after about 2 or 3 oz to burp her he make her slow down to not choke. We use a wide nipple with a slow flow and he feeds her in a mostly upright position. He says sometimes she cries until he gives her more to eat so she ends up eating the 4 to 6 oz I've pumped plus 2 - 6 oz of formula during the 7 or 8 hours I'm at work. Do you think that's too much? She's growing normally and at her 2month checkup was 9lbs, 14 oz and the doctor was pleased. She just seems so much more satisfied, and calm after feeding on the breast and I feel bad that my husband doesn't have that "trick up his sleeve" when he's on duty.

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    Default Re: Advice on bottle feeding for the stay at home dad

    Well, they do need about 1 to 1.5 ounces of milk per hour while mom is away. So if you're away from her for 8 hours, she would need between 8 and 12 ounces, so it's possible that she is hungry. Can you pump more? It does not sound like over feeding to me. It sounds like the most she might get in a day is 12 ounces - 6 ounces of milk and 6 of formula.
    Tracie

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    Default Re: Advice on bottle feeding for the stay at home dad

    This is a great article with lots of tips about bottle feeding a breastfed baby. The general idea is to try and mimic nursing as much as possible. This helped my husband a lot when he was staying home with our daughter.
    “We are not put on earth for ourselves, but are placed here for each other. If you are there always for others, then in time of need, someone will be there for you.”
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    Default Re: Advice on bottle feeding for the stay at home dad

    The above posted kellymom article is great, here is one with similar ideas from lll: http://www.llli.org/docs/00000000000...astfedbaby.pdf

    and here are some "tricks" for fussy baby when nursing is not an option: http://www.llli.org/docs/00000000000...ybabyideas.pdf

    and http://www.llli.org/docs/00000000000...t_partners.pdf

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