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    Default Going back to work

    I've been bf and bottle feeding my 7 wk old. When I pump I've been putting together 4 oz bags of milk. He eats every 2 hours on the dot and is perfectly satisfied after his bottle. Is this too much for a 7 wk old per feeding? Should I take it down to 3 oz bags? He is my 3rd child but the only one I'm continuing to bf past 4 wks. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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    The rule of thumb is to leave around 1.5 oz per hour of separation. Some babies will take more than that, some will take less. It's generally advisable to leave smaller bottles, for 2 reasons. First, overfeeding is common in daycare situations, as caregivers tend to be used to formula-fed babies, who eat larger bottles than breastfed ones, and because caregivers often don't know to use paced feeding techniques, and because overfeeding can make babies more likely to need less care (e.g. holding, rocking, swapping in a pacifier for the bottle). Second, when a baby is overfed at daycare, he's less likely to want/need to nurse when he's with you, and that can be detrimental to milk supply.

    So I would try taking it down to 3 oz and see what happens. If baby is satisfied, awesome. If not, you can always go back to 4 oz bottles.
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    Thank you, I believe I'm going to try 3 oz bottles and see what happens. I've never been nervous to send the other 2 to daycare due to the fact they were formula fed. I'm extremely nervous to send him, and not sure why.

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    I think that anxiety is normal, with a breastfed baby. Breastfeeding means accepting that the baby is specially dependent on you. It's normal not to want to hand off that baby to a daycare!
    Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
    Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"

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    Hi mama, I understand being anxious about sending your baby back into daycare. Often caregivers are less familiar with breastfed babies because many babies are formula-fed, so you might have to work with them a bit more to get a good feeding routine down. Here are some links that include information you can print out and go over with caregivers. As mommal said, it's important to avoid overfeeding, so I definitely agree starting with the 3 oz bottles; some moms send a frozen 1 oz "topper" if needed - that way the caregiver has to pause to thaw the extra milk, and by that point baby may have moved on to other things. It's also okay to feed less than 1.5 oz per hour - the range is 1 - 1.5 ounces per hour apart. (see the expressed milk calculator below). There are ways of feeding breastfed babies with the bottle that are more breastfeeding friendly - paced bottle feeding.

    Here are the links:
    http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/e...reastfed-baby/
    http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/pumping/milkcalc/
    http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/f...ottle-feeding/
    http://kellymom.com/store/handouts/free-handouts/
    http://www.llli.org/docs/00000000000...astfedbaby.pdf

    That's great that you are breastfeeding your baby, it is entirely possible to combine working and breastfeeding and we are here to support you!

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    I printed out some of those Kellymom handouts and took them with me along with some homemade cookies when my little girl and I went for a visit before I went back to work. I told them how important breastfeeding is to me and to my daughter and thanked them in advance for helping us make it work. I also kept really close tabs on the amount she was getting and how often and did not hesitate to speak up when I believed they were overfeeding her (usually when there was a substitute teacher). My little girl is turning a year next week and we've made it just fine with only a few little bumps. I am sure you can and will too. Good luck!

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