How much milk will I need to pump?

Monica - posted on 05/13/2011 ( 16 moms have responded )

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I am going away for 3 days, my 8 month old son is exclusively breastfed so i am truly unsure on how much milk I need to pump to keep him satisfied while I am away. Also, any tips for getting him to use a bottle is much appreciated...we are having a hard time getting him to use a bottle and I am really worried about leaving him.

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Holly Janelle - posted on 05/14/2011

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Hi Monica, my daughter is 2 months and I just started pumping because I'm about to have to go back to work. I asked the same question a while back and kellymom.com has the best advise ever here is the website link for how to calculate exactly how much he will need according to his needs. In fact it has the actual calculator on there for you so you don't have to do the math!! Hope this helps :))
http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/milkc...

Elizabeth - posted on 05/14/2011

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Hehe, your husband is right. :) My daughter did the same, but then got over it after a few days of fussing. Three days of "light" eating won't kill him though, and he will eat enough to keep himself okay. He'll just be a bit clingy and happy to see you when you get back!

Lise - posted on 05/14/2011

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Babies take in an average of 25 oz a day, so you'd need to leave about 75 oz. If you want him to return to breastfeeding, I'd make sure to use slow flow nipples and limit bottle size to 4 oz or less.

Karli - posted on 05/14/2011

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You may have to try several different nipples, my daughter did not like the rubber ones, just silicone and she didn't like the slanted ones. She liked the born free and the avent brands. As for how much to pump. I would go way overboard, I would pump 5-6 8oz bottles for each day and then add a few extras just in case and for peace of mind that he would run out. I would want to know for certain that there was enough while I was gone.

√v^√v^√♥ - posted on 05/13/2011

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:( that could be a huge huge problem.... some babies take a long time to feed from a bottle. My friend told me that she got her baby to eat from a bottle by having someone else feed the baby because it was too distracted by what it knew from 'mom' as food to eat from the bottle. Also, what type of bottles are you using? It is such a pain, but we had to buy 2 different sets and our son hated the first set we bought. You may have to try a different set. We use the Playtex Dropins system because our son would absolutely not screw around with feedings- the yellow colored nipples are softer and more like moms breast, so he got a good suction on it and was happy- no more fussing. It also allows you to burp all the air out of the bottle so baby doesn't get hiccups, burps, or gas. Which was awesome once we figured out how to do lol (we used formula so it was different and foamy, ick) good luck

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Elizabeth - posted on 05/15/2011

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Yes - get an electric pump. Rent one if you have to, but hand pumping... *shudder*

Beth - posted on 05/15/2011

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I actually have a two month old now, I pump more with him and we give occasional bottles to keep him more versatile. when I never pumped with my daughter I had the same problem, I would pump after feedings and get hind milk that way. (small amounts at a time)

Krystle - posted on 05/15/2011

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Have you actually tried pumping lately?



I ask because I exclusively breastfed, but needed to pump for an evening to attend a wedding when my son was 10 months or so, and because he was so old (and eating some food) I couldn't pump enough. (I found the pump only got out the foremilk and none of the hindmilk).

Beth - posted on 05/15/2011

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good luck! my lo used a straw from 4 months up if she fed off the breast, never took a bottle.

Elizabeth - posted on 05/14/2011

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I didn't mean to knock you, Holly. :) The calculator seemed reasonable. I just meant that I was trying to be helpful with my earlier post and was explaining why.

Holly Janelle - posted on 05/14/2011

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Sorry it's worked for me that's the only reason I put it on there. I guess it doesn't work for everyone but my baby is very satisfied.

Elizabeth - posted on 05/14/2011

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Hmm, I'll believe what I've seen with my own eyes with my own kids (both fully breastfed whilst I was working) rather than trust someone else's research. The issue is probably around the fact that the amount of milk required per a given meal varies depending on time of day, how much milk they've had in other meals during the day, etc.

Regardless, the link calculator that went to said 85 to 150mls (though I can't remember how many meals I put in), so whomever you listen to, your son will be well fed. This said, I qualified because I thought 85 to 150 is a vast difference in quantity - almost but not quite a doubling of the minimum amount.

Lise - posted on 05/14/2011

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According to kelly's research on Kellymom, babies DON'T need more milk as they get older. Babies take in the same average from when they are little until a year. After a year, they take in less milk. Kelly is entirely research-based, and I believe what I've read there. My daughter took in 10 oz a day when I went back to work when she was 3 months, and 10 oz a day while I was at work when she was a year.



Breast milk changes according to your lo's needs. Formula does not (cannot) change, and therefore you need more of it as your baby grows. Breast milk doesn't work the same way.

Elizabeth - posted on 05/14/2011

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Just checked out that calculator and just want to say that babies need more milk as they get older. My daughter takes between 40 ml and 120 at 6 months, so I think your son will take between 60 and 150 ml at 8 months.

Monica - posted on 05/14/2011

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Thank you so much for the feedback! I will try Avent and BornFree bottles...so far we've tried Nuk, Tommy Tippee and Dr. Brown bottles, prior to being 5 months he would take the Dr. Brown bottles fine while I was away but all of sudden at that mark he stopped taking a bottle and would wait for me to get home to bf him. I'm pumping like crazy everyday to make sure he has enough and then some before I leave. My husband told me not to worry that when he is hungry he will take the bottle but our little guy is so stubborn.

Elizabeth - posted on 05/14/2011

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I pump to feed my daughter when I'm working. I reckon if you have 120 ml per missed meal, you're doing fine. At 8 months, he'll probably want more like 150, but need less meals per day (count on about six though). If you store up that much, your baby will be good.

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