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    Default How much milk should I leave while I'm at work?

    Hi. My son is 6 weeks old, and I'm starting to think about what will happen when I go back to work in January. He'll be 3 mo at that point, and I'm wondering if the time between feedings will increase as he gets older and how much milk he'll probably need during the course of 5 or 6 hours while I'm gone. Someone will be coming to our house to watch him.

    And, I have no idea how many times he eats during the day now. I just feed him when he shows hunger cues.

    So how much milk should I plan to leave with the nanny while I'm at work?
    Haiti Momma
    raising our American-Haitian son (born 9/24/2012) in Haiti

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    Default Re: How much milk should I leave while I'm at work?

    I started with three 3 ounce bottles (I am gone from 8:30a-6p). Then after a few weeks, we went up to three 4 ounce bottles. Sometimes I will leave an ounce or two extra if I have leftovers after making my milk bags.

    Check out kellymom for good advice on expressing milk while at work and guidelines.

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    Default Re: How much milk should I leave while I'm at work?

    The general rule is that the baby needs about 1.5 oz per hour of separation. It is often helpful to leave smaller bottles rather than larger ones, since caregivers tend to try to finish a bottle, leading to a lot of overfeeding. It might be useful to start with 2-3 oz bottles, with 1 oz bottles for chasers. That way the caregiver has to pause the feeding in order to get the chaser bottle, allowing baby a moment to read his own hunger cues and decide whether or not he wants more milk.
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    Default Re: How much milk should I leave while I'm at work?

    with mommal. 2.5-3 oz in each bottle and 1-1.5 oz for each hour you are gone. It's critical that caregiver not over feed. So many moms are guilted into thinking that they can't keep up with baby's demand when the problem actually is that baby is being overfed.

    I will also say, relax...enjoy baby now on your leave. Set a calendar reminder to begin to think about those things like 4 weeks before returning to work and then give yourself permission to relax and not think about it until then
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    Default Re: How much milk should I leave while I'm at work?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*Jenna562 View Post
    I will also say, relax...enjoy baby now on your leave. Set a calendar reminder to begin to think about those things like 4 weeks before returning to work and then give yourself permission to relax and not think about it until then
    ^This. With my first two, I started pumping and obsessing waaaaay too early. 4 weeks before you go back is plenty of time to work this stuff out.
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    Default Re: How much milk should I leave while I'm at work?

    Thanks so much!!

    Especially for reminding me to relax.
    Haiti Momma
    raising our American-Haitian son (born 9/24/2012) in Haiti

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