Re: Working Moms: How much breastmilk do you pump in an 8-12 hour work day?
Here is an article about how much milk your baby should be taking in. There is a calculator there for you to get an exact amount, though keep in mind it is a guideline not an absolute.
Your output is normal and actually on the high side. Your doctor's office is wrong. Formula and breastmilk are very different and feeding guidelines are not the same for them. Formula is the same composition whether your baby is 2 days old, 2 months old, or a year old. That is why you have to increase the amount you give your baby as your baby grows and needs more calories and nutrients. Your breastmilk changes in composition and gets more concentrated as your baby grows, so the volume doesn't increase by much. If it did, your breasts would have to keep getting bigger and bigger to accommodate it.
I would suggest:
- Ask your mother to give her smaller feedings more frequently.
- Make sure you have slow flow nipples and that they are not worn out (frequent use and washing can make the holes bigger and increase the flow rate). To test them, put water in them and they should drip at a rate of one drop per second.
- Ask her to try other soothing techniques after feedings if baby is still fussing. It doesn't necessarily mean she is still hungry, but she may still have the need to suck or feel cuddled. Does she use a pacifier? If so, you might want to have your mother give her one after a bottle.
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