Re: FTM- About to Start Work Again
Size is irrelevant to how much milk your baby needs. The rule of thumb is 1-1.5 ounces per hour you are gone. A 4-5 ounce bottle is huge for a newborn. Babies can stop the dripping of the bottle so they drink or choke; thus finishing a big bottle doesn't mean that was all needed. That is why paced bottle feeding is important. Some info here:
Originally Posted by @llli*katwoman24
2-3 ounce bottles are more appropriate for a newborn, and not more than 4 ounces per bottle.
I don't think it matters. It sounds like you are well on your way to being covered for your first day back (2-3 ounces is good output), so I woudn't worry about stopping
I've practiced using my Medela pump a couple of times and I get roughly 2-3 ounces total when I pump for 20 minutes. I stop at 20 minutes, should I keep going if milk is coming out?
It's usually best to pump after a feeding so that your baby doesn't decide to nurse then get angry when she has to work really hard for milk because you just pumped.
Also when should I pump? After I feed her...before...?
I know AM is best.
K. Sophia - Mama to my little lactivore, the amazing Mr. X (11/10).