how much milk to give babysitter on first day?

Amanda - posted on 05/02/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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my 7 week old is breastfed, but does get 1 bottle a night of pumped milk. he can drink a four oz bottle and still want to nurse afterwrads. I have been pumping 4-5 oz bags but should I do the ice cube tray thing too just in case hee wants an extra oz?

and how many bottles shouls I prepare?

he doesnt have a perfect routine going on, sometimes he nurses every hour, sometimes every three. I cant seem to judge his intake

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Melissa - posted on 05/02/2012

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Visit kellymom.com There is a breast milk calculator to help you figure that out. They say that a breastfed baby drinks on average 30 ounces a day between one month and six months of age. So they say to divide 30 by the number of times your baby nurses in a day and give that amount at a feeding. They also say that a breastfed baby will over eat with a bottle because they are used to being able to suck on the breast for comfort even when not eating. Since they can't suck on a bottle and not eat, they'll drink a bottle then fuss when it is gone, because they are expecting to be able to cure their need to suck, like they can at the breast. This is a great web site, lots of info.

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