Expressed Breast Milk

Kayla - posted on 05/06/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Does anyone know how much expressed breast milk a 5 week old should be getting and how often? I've been giving my daughter 3 1/2 every 2-3 hours or longer if shes not acting hungry. I feel like she spits up a lot during the feeding and then when she is done the bottle she acts like she is still hungry. I'm afraid she's not getting enough but she must be because she is gaining weight. I'm also afraid to over feed her. Someone please help

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Courtney - posted on 02/01/2015

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I have a 12 week old and I am breastfeeding and he gets expressed milk in a bottle as well. He was spitting up a lot after bottle feeds so we started to feed him an ounce then burp, then another ounce, then burp and continue until he's done. Voila! No more spitting up! He was getting so much air while sucking the bottle and plus the milk comes out so much faster so it's good to slow him down a little to avoid the spit up. We use the Avent Natural Latch bottles and love them. I've heard that other bottles like one that Medela makes where the milk flows slower and helps with less air in baby's tummy as well. Hope this helps!

Vanessa - posted on 05/10/2010

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I pump exclusively. My son is 9 weeks old and takes 3-4 oz about every 3 hours. Our doctor says that if he spits up it's because they're too full. You're doing the right thing.

Summer - posted on 05/09/2010

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when my daughter was 5 weeks she took 4oz of expressed milk ... now she takes 4-5 ounces and she's 8 weeks. she does spit up quite a bit, it looks like she pukes more than she eats! I made an appointment with her pediatrician and she said there's nothing they can do unless she is fussy when she spits up.

Genevieve - posted on 05/08/2010

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She may be spitting up because she has gas. My daughter is almost 6 weeks and she eats a lot. usually 4-7 oz in a sitting and spaced over 2-3 hours. But not ever child gets that hungry. if she acts hungry she is still hungry. if she over eats she will vomit up the extra milk. It's okay if she does that just don't give her as much next time. It's better to give too much than not enough. If you're really worried give her a 10-15 min break to see if she wants more and to let the milk settle. But you don't want her to not get enough food. My daughters ped. is amazing and he always says that the baby knows it's just about teaching the mom. So let your daughter guide you.

Amanda - posted on 05/06/2010

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if she spits up quite a bit during feedings try burping after each ounce...i had same prob w/ my son who is now 7 weeks...he spits up less often now...also if she is spitting up that often thats milk she is not digesting so she may still be hungry...docs have told me u can't overfeed a bf baby so try feeding her until she stops eating

Meredith - posted on 05/06/2010

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Since she still acts hungry after you feed her, try giving her more. I would not worry about over feeding her-- babies will stop eating when they are full. As far as the spitting up, some babies just spit up a lot. If it's really bad, talk to her Dr because some babies need medication for reflux.



At about 6 weeks babies go through a growth spurt and need more milk than before. If she's 5 weeks old, that will be coming soon. Good luck!

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