should i be concerned

Ashley - posted on 06/14/2009 ( 29 moms have responded )

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ok so i am breastfeeding my 11 week old daughter. and i was told that by 3 months babies should be able to drink 6-8oz bottles. well when i do pump im only getting 3-4 oz. should i be concerned that shes not getting enough milk from the breast or the bottle. she doesnt seem to be unhappy or anything. but im still a little worried. thanks in advance.

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No. Its my opinion that your body will produce the right amount of milk for your baby. My son is 10 weeks old, and when I pump into a bottle, he only drinks about 3 to 4oz per feeding. Also, when I was breastfeeding my daughter, years ago, she NEVER drank an 8oz bottle. She would drink a max of 4oz during the whole 1st year, and she was a little porker =]. If your baby is content then everything is fine =]

Rikki - posted on 06/17/2009

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Ok so I have the same problem, only I can't pump anything. However my son is thriving and growing on my milk. Therefore, I am not concerned. If you think your daughter is gaining like she should and she is content after feeding I wouldn't worry. If your very concerned I would ask your doctors advice though.

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looks like theres already been plenty said to ease your worries, but i wanted to comment anyways because i had exactly the same issue. i had even more causes for concern because on top of only getting 3-4 oz from the pump, i am hypothyroid which can decrease milk supply and my daughter is very small so i was constantly worried that she wasn't getting enough milk. the doctor was never worried though because although she is small, she is still thriving and growing and extremely healthy. (8 months old and never even had a cold!) i am still breastfeeding almost exclusively and she is doing great. i hardly ever pump. as long as she is growing well and you dont notice fussiness/dissatisfaction after meals, i wouldnt worry at all. the most important thing is to watch your baby, not the rules everyone gives you.... although thats way easier said than done!!

User - posted on 06/15/2009

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my baby had 'little & often' at that age, i have no idea how much he was getting so you have to just feed on demand (which is very demanding!) & i often thought is he getting enough? As long as she is putting on weight, no health problems & as the health visitors say 'plenty of wet & dirty nappies' i wouldnt worry, it works on supply & demand anyway so what she needs, she will take. plus pump's arn't as good as the baby suckling anyway -so i would bet your baby actually takes more than you think. well done & keep going!

Alison - posted on 06/14/2009

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You may never pump as much as you make. I never do. I pump 1 oz from each side and she usually drinks 6-8 oz of formula each feeding while I am at work. A better way to know what she is getting is to get her naked, weigh her, feed her an weigh her again. She is beautiful! As long as long as she is making wet diapers, and gaining weight normally, Don't worry about what you pump. :-)

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Tammy - posted on 11/16/2010

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As long as she seems satisfied and is gaining weight. U shouldn't be concerned. Because depending on what pump ur using and if u have heavy breast determines the amount of milk u pump...I use to try to pump and not even get an ounce of milk but when I was breastfeeding my daughter was almost choking on the amount of milk that's was coming out...so don't worry

Beth - posted on 06/18/2009

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my son is 5 months old and still only takes 4 -5 ounces at any one feeding (i'm going by the one bottle a day and the fact that I also only pump about 4 ounces at a time)

Shannon - posted on 06/17/2009

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That rule is for formula fed babies. Breast feeding is totally different since as people have already stated, it is absorbed differently and bottles are not even close to how a breast works. IT comes out faster and more steady with a bottle... so babies are more apt to take more since it just keeps flowing.
On average... babies only need about an ounce an hour when breast feeding. My son is now 9 months, and still only takes one 6oz bottle... and his are 4oz of mine with 2oz of formula added when I work and am gone for almost 9 hours.

Amber - posted on 06/17/2009

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I agree with everyone else. I have exclusively pumped for 5 months now and my son who is 5 months still usually takes 4 ounces at a time once in a while he will take 6 oz if it has been a while, but that is not the norm. He likes to eat 4 ounces every 2-3 hours.

Kat - posted on 06/17/2009

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I believe that breast milk intake is often about half that of bottle/formula fed babies. Not all woman can express milk as well as they can feed directly to the baby, so don't be alarmed - you could be one of those woman. If your baby has wet nappies around 5 a day, sleeps well & is generally content then all should be good.

Hanna - posted on 06/16/2009

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I would check with your doctor but if her weight gain is good, I wouldn't worry. Breastmilk can be much richer than formula so she might not need more than she is drinking. I wouldn't worry too much.

Melanie - posted on 06/16/2009

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What a sweet baby!! Love your pictures!!



I would also use your baby's weight gain at each Dr appt as an idicator. If she is gaining weight and not falling behind in her percentiles each month, then it doesn't matter how much milk she is getting because she's obviously thriving.



Good luck and congrats on breast feeding!!!

Siobhan - posted on 06/16/2009

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Breastfed babies rarely eat more than 4 oz of breast milk if its pumped, because the fat content in the bm is highter than in formula. So, the older they get the more fat in your bm, which is why the volume that they eat doesn't change. Formula fed babies have to eat more and more formula in order to get the same amount of fat content as they grow.

Connie - posted on 06/16/2009

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As long as she is having several wet diapers a day then she should be fine but if you start to see a decline then you might want to feed more often or supplement, but my three kids have been fine, I had to supplement the middle child because I worked full time but other than that all was fine.


Connie

Angela - posted on 06/16/2009

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You more than likley can only pump 1/3 of what you actaully make, and what y our baby can express. Babies are better than pumps. ;) Not only that, but even my one bottle fed baby was hard pressed to drink a full 6 o at one meal, even at a year old. All babies are different, even when eating. I have nursed 3 of mu kids well past age two, exclusively during the 1st year and in combo with solids after that, and I have never ever pumped more than 2 ounces. So I would not worry about watching the oz. Watch your happy, thriving baby. If she ACTS or looks off, then worry. GL

Liz - posted on 06/15/2009

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My breastfed son is almost 9 months old and he still can't come close to finishing an 8oz bottle. If she's growing, happy and pooping and peeing, I say you're doing great :)

Sherry - posted on 06/15/2009

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I have a 5 month old that doesn't get anywhare near 8oz! At three months she was getting about 4 oz, maybe 5. She is better able to empty your boob (sorry) than a pump is, don't worry as long as your feeding her when she wants.

Kelly - posted on 06/15/2009

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As some moms have already stated that what you pump is not an indicator of your milk supply. Here is a link to help you understand pumping and you can find all your breastfedding answers here too.

http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/pumpi...

If your little one is gaining weight, and has wet diapers you are doing good! hang in there!

Patty - posted on 06/14/2009

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My son at 8 weeks was taking 4 oz from a bottle but from 3 1/2 months on he started taking anywhere from 6 to 8 oz at a feeding from a bottle. When I pump I only get 3-4 oz total, on a good day, from both sides. I get the most when I nurse him from one side and pump from the other. I was once told that a baby can get double the amount of milk of what your able to pump because they are more efficient at getting the milk to let down and empty the ducts.

Ellen - posted on 06/14/2009

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Just listen to your daughter. If she's hungry then she'll eat. Alot of what you may hear is based of of formula fed babies, which eat more, so you are doing just fine. : )

Minnie - posted on 06/14/2009

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What you can pump is no indication of your supply. Don't pump to see how much you make. A pump isn't efficient at getting milk our of your breasts like your baby is.





Put baby to your breast whenever she wants it, don't supplement, make sure latch is correct, and she will get enough of your milk. Breastfeeding really isn't a complicated thing.



Of interest:



http://www.thethinkingmother.com/breastf...

Tricia - posted on 06/14/2009

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I'm seconding Martha. Breastmilk bottles stay small, even as formula bottles get huge. 5 oz is basically as much breastmilk as your LO will ever drink as long as you're BFing him. The milk changes composition as he gets older.

Tara - posted on 06/14/2009

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My son is almost 4 months and still doesn't eat more than 4 oz of expressed milk. I doubt your daughter's tummy is big enough to hold 8 oz in one feeding. As long as your daughter isn't losing weight, she is fine.

Shanna - posted on 06/14/2009

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That was a huge worry for my when my daughter (11 months and still breastfed) was a newborn. I was told by nurses and lactation consultants that a baby gets WAY more milk than a pump does. The pumps dont have the same latch and suck technique so do not worry about that! I almost started supplimenting with formula becasue of it but as long as your daughter is gaining weight, she is getting enough!



I was also told that pumping interferres with your milk supply so unless you are storing milk, dont bother pumping.

Martha - posted on 06/14/2009

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My first child never drank more than 4 oz at a time when I was at work. Breast milk is better absorbed than formula. Whoever told you that a 3 month old should eat 6-8 oz was likely referring to formula. When you pump is it instead of a feeding or in addition to feedings? That makes a difference. If it is in addition to feedings, that is actually quite a lot. If your baby seems satisfied and is making wet and poopy diapers, she is getting enough. Here is a link that describes how much expressed milk babies need:

http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/milkc...

Sabrina - posted on 06/14/2009

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i wouldnt worry. as long as she is content for a good period of time between feedings then she is ok. if she acts like she is hungry all the time then i would think about it then.

Sabrina - posted on 06/14/2009

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i wouldnt worry. as long as she is content for a good period of time between feedings then she is ok. if she acts like she is hungry all the time then i would think about it then.

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