How many pumped ounces should a 3 month old eat?

Joni - posted on 03/05/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )




My little man is starting to stay with my aunt while i return to worrk. I pump my milk but dont know how much she should feed him?
He normally eats every 3 hours on me....



Jennifer - posted on 03/05/2010




about an ounce per hour. this is the standard guideline for planing how much pumped milk to leave a breastfed baby. (find more info on

Malinda - posted on 03/06/2010




Great advice from all above. I agree. My 3 1/3 month old takes 3 to 4 oz when pumped, And they are very correct by saying the person feeding the baby needs to give the baby a break and burp, otherwise the bottle will be empty and the baby will think it's still hungry as it takes less time to bottle eat 4 oz as it does to nurse it..I've experenced this with my little girl. And yes also watch for the growth spurts..

Andrea - posted on 03/06/2010




You should have your aunt feed him WHATEVER you pump :) You pump that day what you will feed the next day - so if that's 3 pumpings at 3 oz, then 4 oz, then 2oz, then your aunt will feed your baby the 3oz first, then 4 oz next, then 2 oz last - you need to make sure you are pumping when your baby would normally eat. Your aunt needs to stay in touch with you and let you know if your baby is going through a growth spurt, if she is, then you need to make an extra pump at work for a couple of days (so every 2 hours instead of every 3) to keep your supply up. Also make sure your aunt does not "comfort feed" - meaning that babies are almost always more satisfied after the breast then the bottle - takes them about 10-15 mins for them to feel "full" after a bottle - so make sure she doesn't ASSUME he is still hungry until she has tried everything else to calm and soothe.

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My baby is 7 months and still takes about 3 ounces every couple of hours...He is in daycare from 8 am -3 pm and in those 6 hours he usually only takes 2 bottles...3 if I don't feed him before we leave the house. But I would send 12 ounces for a full 8-9 hour day...just incase...anything left over can be used the next day or frozen and stored....Just follow storage guidelines...


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Nikki - posted on 03/05/2010




my daughter never took any more the 4 oz ever at any feeding (from a bottle) even when she was 10 months and that's a general rule of thumb for a breastfed baby, some take less and some take more. and here's a tip to give your aunt, give tiny "breaks" when giving a bottle, because they flow on a bottle nipple is must faster than yours, and your baby might eat more than needed and spit up more when he starts a bottle

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