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    Default How much pumped breastmilk is your LO getting?

    Just curious as to how much mommy's who have to pump are storing for their LO to eat at each feeding? I've only been able to pump 2 1/2 to 3 oz per breast every few hours or so (that's with pumping for 20-30 min).

    The reason I'm asking is bc I was told by the daycare my 7 week old baby eats very quickly and still suckles after he's done. He doesn't cry for more (which believe me he will CRY if hes hungry lol) and seems content after bottle feeding. Its the suckling afterwards that's concerning. Now with that said, he loves his pacifier when my breast is not available, and hes loves to comfort nurse. After eating for 20 min or so with my breast he unlatches when hes full, but then re-latches a few min later to comfort (I can hear that hes not swallowing and only very gently suckles every so often). I want to make sure I'm not under feeding him at daycare, I tell them to feed on demand but don't let him go past 3 hours without eating. Sometimes I see that they fed him every 3 hours, other times its 2 hours.

    Should I tell them to give him another bag if hes still suckling, or do you think its him wanting to comfort?? How much does your 2 month eat (I know every baby is different, just want to know on average)? Thanks in advance ladies!

    p.s. weight gain and wet/bm diapers are very good

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    Oct 2012

    Default Re: How much pumped breastmilk is your LO getting?

    Hi mama, babies love to suck. As you've noticed yourself, baby will suck for comfort after he is done eating, which is perfectly fine, normal baby behavior! And there is certainly no reason to limit "comfort nursing." However, "comfort bottle feeding" IS a problem, because it will lead to baby being overfed at daycare. 2.5 - 3 ounces is an absolutely normal meal size at the breast, and therefore is a good meal size at the bottle, too - which is why baby is content after his bottle of that size! If baby wants to continue sucking afterwards, since he likes the pacifier, let him use it. When you're together, let him "comfort nurse" rather than using the pacifier, because that helps maintain the breastfeeding relationship and it's good for your supply.

    The general rule of thumb is 1 - 1.5 ounces of milk per hour. So 2.5 - 3 ounces every 2.5 to 3 hours is right on target. Here's more information from kelly mom:

    And some additional resources about childcare and bottle-feeding the breastfed baby:

    What kind of pump are you using? Are you doing hand compressions when pumping?

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    Default Re: How much pumped breastmilk is your LO getting?

    Hi! I have an 8 week old and he usually drinks 3 ounces or 3.5 ounces. I think you're feeding him just the right amount. My little one also loves to suck his fingers or fist for comfort, sometimes even after feedings. As long as your baby isn't crying then I think he is satisfied and is just comforting himself.

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