My 8 month old LO is still breastfed and she has also started on pureed food, too. Usually during the day she nurses on command. Now that her father and I are separated, for the time being, she will go stay with him some of the week, probably no more than 3 days in the beginning, while she is still reliant on my milk for the majority of the time. In fact, for now, it will only be 2 days, probably. I hate that he won't be seeing her more, but we are thinking of my milk supply and getting into the rhythm of me pumping for her.
I have never been away from her for 24 hours. The longest I have been away was at work for 8 hours. I have looked on KellyMom and other sites for suggestions about how much milk an 8 month old needs in a day, and how frequently, along with some solid food here and there. I have gotten anywhere from 25-45 ounces. I only have about 30 saved up frozen, and the idea of running out of milk or not pumping enough scares me! I do not want to have to supplement with formula.
So, how often should I pump while my baby is away from me? Every three hours, more or less? Right now, I only have a manual pump with me, until I get my double electric back. How often should my LO eat, and how much at each feeding? When I worked, we would give about 4 oz. at a time, every 2-3 hours. When does the serving size become larger, or does it?
Kind of overwhelmed. Sorry for the long post. I am hoping my boyfriend and I can make it through this tough time. We are truly taking this separation to find out if we can work through all this, and in the meantime I just want to do everthing possible to give my baby breastmilk for as long as I possibly can.