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How much will my baby need?

(12 Posts)
ItsWasntMe Sun 29-Oct-17 22:04:38

I have a very rare night out planned when my baby will be 9 weeks old.

My mum will be looking after her for the night and I am now starting to pump some milk in preparation.

My problem is as she is EBF I have no idea how much milk she has at each feed!

At the moment (5 weeks) she is feeding around every 3 hours so I'm going to need quite a few pouches but how many oz should I pump into each?

Cupcakegirl13 Sun 29-Oct-17 22:08:21

I have an 8 week old who I mix feed , she feeds every 3 hours , normally from both breasts , or if it's a bottle 4-5oz bottle

ItsWasntMe Sun 29-Oct-17 22:15:22

Great, thanks for that x

EspressoPatronum Sun 29-Oct-17 22:17:15

I seem to remember the advice I was given being to leave as many oz as the number of hours I was planning to be away.

So gone for 5 hours leave 5 oz. But I think I left more, just to be safe! So that's not really helpful... Sorry 🙈

Snap8TheCat Sun 29-Oct-17 22:19:00

Will she take a bottle?

pemberleypearl Sun 29-Oct-17 22:20:06

My DD is formula fed. I work out that she should be having between 150 and 200mls per kilo of her body weight over a 24hr period. Maybe plan for 3 bottles in case - so maybe half my equation?

Snap8TheCat Sun 29-Oct-17 22:21:41

Ff babies should have around 2.5 times their weight in lbs in oz of milk per 24 hours.

So a 12lb baby would have approx 30oz of formula.

Snap8TheCat Sun 29-Oct-17 22:22:35

X post. I’m old school with my imperial!

ItsWasntMe Sun 29-Oct-17 22:26:13

Espresso so would that be 5oz per feed or 5oz for the entire 5 hours? It just doesn't seem a lot

Thanks pemberley and snap for the equations, that will help massively

I'm going to start introducing the bottle soon so that she can get used to it. I don't want to stop bf or for my supply to decrease though. Have you any advice to keep this up?

silkpyjamasallday Sun 29-Oct-17 23:30:34

I am no help on the ounces as I struggled with pumping and never left dd for more than 2 hours , I only really pumped so DP could have a go at feeding her, but I found dd wouldn't take a bottle from me anyway but would happily finish one if DP or DM gave it to her.

teaandbiscuitsforme Mon 30-Oct-17 08:02:07

BF babies don’t consume as many ounces as FF babies because the milk changes as they grow.

You need 1oz for every hour that she will be left plus I’d leave a few extra just in case. She’ll probably want to feed when you get home, partly because she might be hungry but partly because she’ll want to reconnect.

LRL2017 Mon 30-Oct-17 09:40:53

My little girl is now 7 weeks old. I took some
Expressed bottles to a wedding and she took around 5.5 oz, this is generally what she takes most times I have expressed. I generally if I can manage do about 7 oz just to be on the safe side!

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