I'm going back to work on Monday and I'm feeling like a wreck...one I'm leaving my baby but two, I'm very anxious about making sure she has enough milk while I'm gone.
As per suggestions from this forum, I've been pumping every day this week, same time every morning. I have roughly 4 bottles ready for her on Monday. But! This is where I get confused and worried.
On this forum, someone had said that 3 oz bottle was plenty for a newborn, using a special bottle feeding technique to simulate breastfeeding. But the lactation people at the hospital where I gave birth said to use this formula:
Baby's weight X 3 then divided by 8 feedings (in 24 hour period).
So for example, my 8 week old weighs probably around 13 pounds (guesstimate)....that means each bottle while I'm gone would need to be almost 5 oz. Much different that 3! And then someone else said 1-1.5 ozs for every hour I'm gone. I'll be away from her roughly from 6:45 AM- 6 PM.
Can someone please clarify this for me? My baby would need probably 4 bottles while I'm away and I just want to make sure she has what she needs.