Re: Totally confused on how much BM to send to sitter. HELP!
Rule of thumb is 1.5 oz of expressed milk per hour of separation. Babies will sometimes take more than that- particularly during growth spurts- and sometimes less. Three 4 oz bottles would total 12 oz of expressed milk, which would be just right for an 8 hour workday. You might want to consider leaving the same amount in smaller bottles, since that will lessen the chances of overfeeding. You could try sending 4 bottles of 3 oz a piece, which would be just right for a baby who eats every 2 hours. Or you could leave a lot of 2 oz bottles and some 1 oz "top-off" bottles.
People only think 4 oz bottles are small because they're used to formula-fed babies, who tend to take much larger amounts than breastfed babies do.
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