My baby is almost 6 months old and gets two bottles a day at daycare. I nurse when I drop her off at 8 am, she gets a bottle around 10/10:30, I nurse at lunch (they call me), she gets a bottle at 3/3:30 and I pick her up around 5.
I've been pleasantly surprised at how informed her caregivers are about breastfed babies. They seem really good at reading her hunger cues, and aware the possibility of overfeeding. She's generally been drinking between 3 and 4 oz per feeding. Everything I've read indicates that this is right on target for a breastfed baby.
Then this past week, one of her teachers said that she seems like she's been pretty hungry lately and has been wanting more and more 4 oz bottle and she thinks she might even want a 5 oz bottle from time to time. She suggested that it might be a growth spurt. I was kind of skeptical and asked her to start with 3-4 oz and if she is still hungry, to offer another oz. Which she agreed was the right approach. Sure enough, the next morning she took a 5 oz bottle and then the next morning she had 4.5 oz.
Is this too much? This seems like a lot for one feeding. But, interestingly, I've been pumping a little more than usual. I usually pump between 3 and 4 oz and now I'm easily pumping close to 5 oz at my morning pump. I didn't even notice it until I looked down and the bottle was about to overflow. I was shocked. I haven't been doing anything differently. I wonder if she really is having a growth spurt and eating more and I am producing more. So that makes me think it really is what she needs. But it still seems like a lot, right? Or is this normal? Thanks for any thoughts!