How much should I express?

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  1. SaraLouise

    SaraLouise Well-Known Member

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    I'm getting my hair done on Monday and am leaving Harrison for the first time (anxioussss), how much do I need to express off to leave with him?

    He will be 4 weeks 3 days, and I need to leave him with at least two feeds I think.

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  2. tiggy85

    tiggy85 Well-Known Member

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    http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/pumping/milkcalc/


    This is a good indicator. You need to know how many times in average they feed.... Luca feeds 6-7 x day (nearly 7 months old) so I give him 4oz in a bottle. Apparently they don't massively eat more when they are older. Enjoy having your hair done :)
     
  3. SaraLouise

    SaraLouise Well-Known Member

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    Ah lovely thankyou, he is feeding between 11 & 12 times per 24 hours so I guess ill leave him with 2x80ml bottles?

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    I just took lo with lol. And feed her when she needed it. I'd leave atleast two feeds for two hours x
     
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    Try him with a couple of bottles before then, give you an idea of how much he needs and that he will take a bottle xx


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  6. SaraLouise

    SaraLouise Well-Known Member

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    He takes a bottle easily as I often top up with expressed milk after a feed as he's a very slow/sleepy feeder.

    I'm thinking if I just express off as much as possible between now & then, then it should be okay!

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    A word of warning, bf isn't just about the amount LO needs, there's a comfort issue as well, and first time baby is left to feed with someone else they may feed a lot more than the calculator says.

    The first few times I left DD we expected her to take 3oz per feed using the calculator, but she actually took 6! That last quite a while. The more you can leave the better really. X
     
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    I found my lo takes anything between 40 ml and 90 ml out of a bottle and can take up to a hr to take it. But only has about 8mins on the breast. Also after having a bottle he can be unsettled so I find if I leave him when I come back I have to offer him the breast for comfort to help relax and settle him. He's a lot more contented after a breastfeed then a bottle. I'm doing the same on Monday, having my hair done. I'll be leaving 2 100ml bottles and another 50ml one just incase. But hopefully he won't need all that. X


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