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Help from those who bf but give one bedtime formula feed

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snowchick1977 Sun 25-Sep-11 21:29:01

Hi

My daughter is 11 weeks old and bf. She has one feed of formula before bedtime, as i wanted to get some z's and i wanted her to be able to take a bottle when i return to work.

My question is how much should she be having? I fill the bottle and she takes about 4 fluid ounces.....is this about right?

Thanks in advance

MayDayChild Sun 25-Sep-11 21:35:49

Roughly whatever it says on the can/box
If she drains it everytime, increase it. I did this but whilst DD made it look easy, DS was a pickle who chewed bottles dribbled a lot and waited till next breastfeed!
I gave up doing bedtime bottle in the end (back to breast) and did bottle at approx 3pm instead which he at least attempted to drink!

maybunny Sun 25-Sep-11 21:36:12

It should say on the formula packet how much they should have by weight of the baby, but 4 ounces sounds about right from what i can remember at a young age.

snowchick1977 Sun 25-Sep-11 21:37:28

Thanks.......again! This site is amazing!

Does it work? (as in, how much longer will LO sleep for?) Sleep deprivation is really starting to get to me so I'd consider it. Can you do it for one or two nights a week or would LO expect it every night?

banana87 Sun 25-Sep-11 22:19:29

Yes, 4oz sounds right. I would fill it to 6oz though just in case.

organiccarrotcake Sun 25-Sep-11 22:46:28

Just to ensure that everyone looking at this is making an informed decision:

www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/solids-sleep.html

organiccarrotcake Sun 25-Sep-11 22:50:10

Also this www.ivillage.com/formula-should-you-offer-formula-nighttime-feeds/6-n-137565

and this: www.analyticalarmadillo.co.uk/2010/11/breastfeeding-moms-dont-get-less-sleep.html

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