My daughter is 16 weeks old today. She drinks about 4 to 5 ounces of fomula every 3hours during the day then is breatfed at night. Is there a recommended amount of formula that I should be feeding her at each feeding? She weighs about 14 1/2 pounds.
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Sarah - posted on 01/08/2009
I just went back to work last week and my little guy is exclusively breastfed, so I had no idea how much he was getting at each feeding. He seems to drink anywhere from 4.5-6 oz every 3-4 hours during the day of expressed milk and sleeps through the night. He's a little over 15 pounds now. A baby this age generally knows how much she needs better than her parents. Your baby sounds like she is a very healthy weight.
Lisa - posted on 01/06/2009
My son is also 16 weeks old today! My pediatrician told me that the amount can vary anywhere from 2 to 6 oz per feeding depending on the frequency. When I was on maternity leave, I breastfeed him every 3 hours. When I started work (on Dec 11th) I pumped milk but not enough to give him only breast milk - we leave some breastmilk bottles and some formula bottles at the daycare. We started with 4 ounces every 3 hours and he did really well with that. His weight seemed fine - he was 12 pounds 5 ounces at his 3 month appointment. Our pediatrician suggested we try increasing to 5 ounces to see if we can spread the feedings out more - we are having mixed results. Sometimes he finishes it all other days he doesn't. I am going to cut back a little to 4 1/2 ounces. I seem to be getting better at pumping milk so we are beginning to leave more breastmilk and less formula at daycare.
With regards to Jo's question about low supply - I struggled with this especially when I had to pump during the day. I found out about a few different techniques.
- Nurse/pump frequently. Apparently shorter duration but more frequently is supposed to help increase supply. I used the days off of work over the holidays to nurse/pump as much as I could bear it.
- Drink warm liquids and avoid eating/drinking anything cold. I usually drink rooibos tea (has no caffeine) or the morther's milk tea (which I have trouble finding in stores).
- Eat oatmeal. I started having outmeal every morning for breakfast and also snack on oatmeal granola bars or oatmeal cookies.
- eat fresh fruits/vegetables - this I need to improve on!
- I also heard that you should get plenty of rest but have not figured how that is possible when you have a little baby to take care of!
I have had some increase in supply - not enough to stockpile but enough to satisfy my son for now.
Best of luck.
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