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    Question How much is too much?

    My DS will be 5 months old on the 23rd. Currently, I give my sister an average of 8 to 9 ounces of EBM to feed him throughout the day (she has him for about 8 hours). Since he is getting older, I know his tummy can hold more milk. So, I'm wondering how much should he be eating at one time? I give my sister milk in bags (portions range from 2 to 3 1/2 oz per bag) but I think she's been giving him 4 ounces at once..which sounds like a lot to me. I think it would make more sense to give him no more than 3 ounces at a time, since I highly doubt he's getting more than that when I b/f him. I know they say it's easy to overfeed a baby with a bottle. Any thoughts/advice?

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    Default Re: How much is too much?

    Actually, unlike formula, babies don't need more breast milk so it's reasonable to give him the same amount of milk as before. 1-1.5 oz per hour average. 4 oz does seem like a lot at one time but if it's working for them I wouldn't change it.

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    Default Re: How much is too much?

    I see. So do you think that if he's getting so much from the bottle it will throw him off when I'm breastfeeding him?
    I am Lea (middle name)
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    Default Re: How much is too much?

    If he is hungry at the breast he will suckle more vigorously/for longer and you will soon provide sufficient for his needs/appetite.

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    Default Re: How much is too much?

    My daughter is 3 months old (this Monday the 24th) and my sitter also watches her for 8 hours a day. She's been giving her 3 bottles - the first is usually around 5 ounces, the second around 4 and the third around 3...so 12 ounces a day. Is this too much? I didn't question it until I saw this forum...

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    Default Re: How much is too much?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*juniper79 View Post
    My daughter is 3 months old (this Monday the 24th) and my sitter also watches her for 8 hours a day. She's been giving her 3 bottles - the first is usually around 5 ounces, the second around 4 and the third around 3...so 12 ounces a day. Is this too much? I didn't question it until I saw this forum...
    12 oz over 8 hours is 1.5 oz per hour which is fine - itsthe upper end of average. As for the amount in each bottle, does her bottlefeeding mimic breastfeeding in that it is paced and slower? Are you using newborn nipples to slow the flow of milk? When you pump at work, does the amount you pump each time come to 4-5 oz? Does your LO nurse well when picked up from DC?

    If it's working I wouldn't change it.

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    Default Re: How much is too much?

    I'm using the wide Dr. Brown's bottles with the Stage 1 nipples (slowest). I was told those are good for breast feeding babies. At work, I pump anywhere from 2 1/2 to 4 1/2 ounces each time. I get about 12-13 ounces in that 8 hour span while I'm at work. I then pump at night and early in the morning, so that I can continue freezing milk and having some extra for nights out, etc. I don't get a lot when I pump, unfortunately. My supply seemed to suddenly drop a couple of weeks ago. My daughter nurses well after I pick her up. I let her nurse as often as she likes, in order to keep the supply I do have. She does the latch-on, latch-off, latch-on, latch-off dance once in a while. Not sure if she is getting too much at once or not enough. I still can't read her like a book!

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    Default Re: How much is too much?

    i started at 2 oz in the first month and went up a half oz every month until I got to 4 oz and we have "plateaued" and he's been getting 4 oz every 2-3 hrs. sometimes longer depending on outings and naps..

    my daughter i eventually went up to the max 5 oz until she was weaned and switched to cow's milk at a year!
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    Angry Re: How much is too much?

    Okay, good to know. I figured 4 ounces was pretty average. Come to find out, my sitter was wasting milk!!! She told me my DD was eating 5 ounces, but she was actually throwing away almost an ounce from the bottle each feeding! Wouldn't you think she'd use common sense and make smaller bottles? I even offered to make the bottles myself so that there would be no wasting of my milk, but she said she could do it. GRRR...

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    Default Re: How much is too much?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*juniper79 View Post
    Okay, good to know. I figured 4 ounces was pretty average. Come to find out, my sitter was wasting milk!!! She told me my DD was eating 5 ounces, but she was actually throwing away almost an ounce from the bottle each feeding! Wouldn't you think she'd use common sense and make smaller bottles? I even offered to make the bottles myself so that there would be no wasting of my milk, but she said she could do it. GRRR...
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