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    Default Leaving for 16 hours

    I need to leave 11.5 week old DD2 for 16 hours. I understand the rule of thumb is 1.5 oz or 45ml per hour that you're away. So 24 oz / 720ml total should do it right?

    It's my first time leaving her and I'm really worried that I won't leave enough. She's been "snack feeding" for a week (every hour or two for only 3 - 5 minutes) so I haven't been able to pump as much as I would have liked.
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    Weaned @ 15 months
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    Default Re: Leaving for 16 hours

    I tend to leave 2 oz per hour I'll be away. But my big boys eat a lot.

    I'd be totally stressed out at the thought of leaving my not-quite 3 month old that long.

    Could pumping in the morning help you build up your supply? Or drinking some Mother's Milk tea boost you enough to get the reserve you need?
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    Default Re: Leaving for 16 hours

    I think 24 ounces is plenty. Even if she drinks 3 ounces every 2 hours (which sounds like a lot to me for a 3 month old), that's 8 bottles in 16 hours, 24 ounces total. The longest I have left DS when he was that tiny was about 9 hours at daycare, and the most he took during that time was about 12-14 ounces.
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    My journey nursing MJ started HERE, but we got through it and she breastfed 19.5 months, self-weaned on 5/17/09


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    Default Re: Leaving for 16 hours

    I'm beside myself really - but I'm the MOH in my BFF's wedding. I kinda have to go.

    It's my Mom and Dad taking care of the girls, so I'm not worried about their care. They're great with DD1 and I know they just love DD2 to bits. Mom has been asking me if I've written down everything for her yet. "Don't forget anything!" She wants to know all of our tricks.

    I EBF so I haven't been away from DD2 for more than 2 hours since her birth. It's a big step for me to leave her for this long. If it weren't for such a special occasion, I'd be staying home with her in a heartbeat. I just want to set everyone up for success.

    As for the amount - my worry is because I really don't know how much she takes! Since I EBF, there's no measurement to compare her to. I know she was:
    7lbs, 12oz at birth,
    8lbs, 2oz at 1 week,
    10lbs at 1 month,
    12lbs, 6oz at 2 months
    So she's growing like a bad weed! So I *think* she's a big eater....

    I've been pumping after her middle of the night nursing (4amish) and have gotten about 170ml, so I'll do that again. I have 500ml now.... I'll get there, I'm just cutting myself short on time.

    Thanks for the reassurances ladies!
    Mommy to our DD1 early bird (34 weeks, 2 days, 7lbs, 14oz)! Oct. 2nd, 2008 Emergency C-Section, Frank Breech, HEALTHY Girl!
    Weaned @ 17 months
    Our DD2 early bird (37 weeks, 3 days, 7lbs, 12oz) Aug. 10th, 2010 Our Successful VBAC, growing like a bad weed!
    Weaned @ 15 months
    Our DD3 early bird (37 weeks, 3 days, 7lbs, 6oz) Feb. 16th, 2012 Our 2nd VBAC and lightening speedy birth!

    Loving being a Mom of 3, 40 months apart!!
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    Default Re: Leaving for 16 hours

    Have you been practicing with her to make sure she will take a bottle ok from your mom? If I were you, I'd make the bottles small, like 2-3 ounces each. Similar to you, when I first started taking my DS to daycare (at 10 weeks old), I had no idea how much he would take, or how often.... but I didn't want much milk wasted, if possible, so I made bottles with only 2 ounces in them, and sent like 7 of them to start (he is there for 9 hours a day). But he would usually only take 4 or 5 of those bottles in 9 hours. Over time he started sucking down the 2 ounces no problem, so I started making fewer bottles, but putting 3 ounces in them. He never ended up taking more than 4 ounces at a time... as an older infant, he would take 3-4 ounces, every 3 hours. HTH!
    IRL all my friends call me Buff, Wife to CB since 10/11/2003

    Mom to DD - "MJ" born 9/2007 @ 8lbs 10oz, 21.5" She's 6 years old!
    My journey nursing MJ started HERE, but we got through it and she breastfed 19.5 months, self-weaned on 5/17/09


    Mom to my current nursling, DS - "ME" born 10/2009 @ 10lbs 1oz, 22.25" He's 4 years old! And yup, he's still nursing.

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    Default Re: Leaving for 16 hours

    She's taken the odd bottle over the weeks without any issue. She should be good.

    As for the bottles sizes, I've been putting the milk from each breast in separate bags. I have the amounts written on each. At least that way, they only have to thaw one at a time, as they need them. I'll also be sure to tell them that if she doesn't finish it, to put it in the fridge for the next feeding. The bags vary in quantity from 65ml (2oz) to 120ml (4 oz), so I'm hoping that will be enough separation to keep the waste down.

    I was also very specific when I told my Mom that this is like "liquid gold" to me.
    Mommy to our DD1 early bird (34 weeks, 2 days, 7lbs, 14oz)! Oct. 2nd, 2008 Emergency C-Section, Frank Breech, HEALTHY Girl!
    Weaned @ 17 months
    Our DD2 early bird (37 weeks, 3 days, 7lbs, 12oz) Aug. 10th, 2010 Our Successful VBAC, growing like a bad weed!
    Weaned @ 15 months
    Our DD3 early bird (37 weeks, 3 days, 7lbs, 6oz) Feb. 16th, 2012 Our 2nd VBAC and lightening speedy birth!

    Loving being a Mom of 3, 40 months apart!!
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    Default Re: Leaving for 16 hours

    You still have a week right? You should be fine! I think 24 ounces would be enough, especially if she nurses right before you leave and right when you get home, because it'll really be like 14 if she nurses about every two hours, kwim?
    The most i've been gone is ten, but he's never taken more than 15, and he's a big eater, and a big boy (23 lbs at 9 mos!)
    Julia and Maxwell (and Dan and Haddie)
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    Default Re: Leaving for 16 hours

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*jbean1979 View Post
    You still have a week right?
    Nope - it's tomorrow.
    Mommy to our DD1 early bird (34 weeks, 2 days, 7lbs, 14oz)! Oct. 2nd, 2008 Emergency C-Section, Frank Breech, HEALTHY Girl!
    Weaned @ 17 months
    Our DD2 early bird (37 weeks, 3 days, 7lbs, 12oz) Aug. 10th, 2010 Our Successful VBAC, growing like a bad weed!
    Weaned @ 15 months
    Our DD3 early bird (37 weeks, 3 days, 7lbs, 6oz) Feb. 16th, 2012 Our 2nd VBAC and lightening speedy birth!

    Loving being a Mom of 3, 40 months apart!!
    and

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    Default Re: Leaving for 16 hours

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*amysmom View Post
    Nope - it's tomorrow.
    oh. and how many ounces do you have now?
    Julia and Maxwell (and Dan and Haddie)
    Maxwell, born January 3, 2010
    A year on Mama's milk and still loving it

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    Default Re: Leaving for 16 hours

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*jbean1979 View Post
    oh. and how many ounces do you have now?
    500ml (almost 17oz).
    Mommy to our DD1 early bird (34 weeks, 2 days, 7lbs, 14oz)! Oct. 2nd, 2008 Emergency C-Section, Frank Breech, HEALTHY Girl!
    Weaned @ 17 months
    Our DD2 early bird (37 weeks, 3 days, 7lbs, 12oz) Aug. 10th, 2010 Our Successful VBAC, growing like a bad weed!
    Weaned @ 15 months
    Our DD3 early bird (37 weeks, 3 days, 7lbs, 6oz) Feb. 16th, 2012 Our 2nd VBAC and lightening speedy birth!

    Loving being a Mom of 3, 40 months apart!!
    and

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