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March 11th, 2013, 07:32 AM
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Ok so I have decided that I am going to pump during the week so that one night over the weekend when DH doesn't work the next day he can bottle feed her and let me get some sleep.
Question: how many oz does a 3 week old baby eat at a time? I pumped yesterday from one side and got 2.5oz and I stored that in the fridge for now. But when I bottle feed it to her will she want the 2.5oz, 4oz, more than that? I have no idea.

Also, if I want to freeze 4oz in one bag but only can pump 2oz a day then is it okay for me to refrigerate the 2oz from yesterday and then today add 2 more oz to the same bag.. And then once its chilled move it to the freezer? Or should I not add milk from today to yesterday's milk? I plan to use it by Sunday anyways.

Also, does anyone not use storage bags? Anyone just pump into the bottle and put the bottle in the fridge? Because if I pump on Friday and plan to use the milk on Saturday then why would I not just keep it in a bottle. Can I place the bottles in the freezer or no?


Why are there so many random things to worry about when pumping.. Geez
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March 11th, 2013, 07:43 AM
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Well I'll tell you what I was told..LOL

As far as how much she will take, that is really dependent on baby, and unfortunately until the first time you give her the bottle and see how much she takes there really isn't anyway to know but at 3 weeks they can take anywhere from 2.5-4.5 oz and be considered taking a normal amount.

You can put the 2 oz from today in the fridge then put the 2 oz from tomorrow with it, just be sure that both sets of milk at at the same temp before you combine them, in other words you will have to refrigerate tomorrows milk for a few hours before you can combine it with the stuff in the fridge from today.

I have a full days worth of bottles in the fridge, I only use bags for any surplus that I get so I pump and then put 4 oz in a bottle and put it in the fridge behind the 7 others, then put any extra into a bag and put in the fridge to add to at the next pumping. Then when he is ready to eat I take the first bottle in line and feed him that then pump and put another 4 oz in that bottle and put it at the back of the line and the refrigerate any extra and when it is cold enough I add it to the bag I have in there and then freeze it when it gets 6 oz in it.

I don't know if you can freeze the bottles though because I have never tried.

Hope this helps some
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March 11th, 2013, 08:20 AM
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That helps a lot! When I'm nursing.. Sometimes Kylie eats for 40 minutes.. Other times she only eats for 10 minutes.. It's so random so it's hard for me to know how big of a bottle to make for her
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March 11th, 2013, 08:36 AM
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If it helps, Creighton is 5 weeks old and weighs 8 pounds 12 oz and takes between 3.5 and 4.5 oz at a feeding. So I mostly make 4 oz bottles and if he takes it all (generally he does) and then still seems hungry I just heat up another 1/2 oz from my fridge stash.
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March 11th, 2013, 08:43 AM
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Also, when you freeze milk.. Do you just thaw it out under warm water? Or do you put in back in the fridge to thaw?
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March 11th, 2013, 08:51 AM
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Personally I put it in the fridge to thaw but either way is perfectly fine. If I am in a rush I do put it in warm water, but mostly since I am not I thaw it for a day in the fridge
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March 11th, 2013, 03:01 PM
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If you pump pn Friday and plan to use on Saturday there is no need to freeze the milk. Breastmilk can stay in a good fridge for several days (don't remember exactly how many, but I know it's more than 4). Freezing removes some of the beneficial factors in breastmilk so if you plan to use it in a few days, I wouldn't bother freezing it.

My daughter took about 2-3 oz a feeding at 3 weeks old, depending on how hungry she was.
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