How much milk to prepare for my little one?

Jessica - posted on 07/28/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My little one is six weeks and I have to return to work tomorrow. I have a stash of breast milk built up, but was just curious on how much everyone else would prepare for theirs the next day.

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Ashley - posted on 07/30/2013

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My daughter did not take well to a bottle, she would drink enough to get by and reverse cycle when she was back with me. On a good day at that age she would however, take in about 12-14oz. Usually it was only around 8oz a day and she would nurse when she got home and over night. I kept a rotating stock of 75oz in my freezer for in case I got sick or she ever needed more and my supply was low.

Jessica - posted on 07/28/2013

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I've got 4 5oz bottles in the fridge ready for tomorrow while I'm gone at work, more in the freezer if needed. Trial and error I guess we shall see! Thanks for your input!

Lori - posted on 07/28/2013

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There's a great article on this exact subject from Kellymom

http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/pumpi...

On average a breastfeeding baby will eat about 25 oz per day (24 hours). If you divide that by the number of times your baby nurses it should give you an average for how many ounces per feeding your baby gets/needs.

I didn't go back to work, but I did pump bottles on occasion for my first baby. At first I would freeze them in 4 or 5 oz packages, so then when I needed a bottle that's how much I'd warm up. I quickly discovered that my baby wouldn't eat 4 oz at a time. She usually took between 2 and 3 oz. Even as she got to be older than 6 months she still wouldn't drink more than 3 oz at one time. So rather than having to re-refrigerate or dump the extra ounces of breast milk I started freezing it in 2 1/2 or 3 ounce packages. That worked really well for me.

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