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I pump every morning while my son nurses on one side and I generally get about 5-6 ounces. I'm going back to work in a week and half so I have quite the supply of BM stored up in the freezer, but I've mainly been freezing the whole amount that I pump because that is what he takes when DH gives him a bottle of BM.
Should I be freezing smaller amounts? Jack is a big and hungry boy, but I realize that down the line when he's eating more substantial food then he may not drink as much BM. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!
I always froze in 2 - 3 oz increments b/c my daughter only ever took 3 - 4 oz at a time (she would have taken more, but that was enough to keep her happy).
Its so easy to overfeed with a bottle, and most moms give them more than they really need. Of course, with BM not being an endless tap lol, I always encourage being conservative. Feed in 3 - 4 oz increments, then give them a few minutes & if theyre still hungry, give another ounce at a time when bottle feeding. If you give a baby 6 oz in a bottle, chances are theyll drink it. Even though they were probably full around 3 oz. Also - keep in mind, even for adults it takes about 20 mins for your brain to get the signal that youre full from your stomach - b/c they drink it so fast, they often end up drinking beyond the point of full.
So my suggestion is freeze smaller amounts. Give smaller bottles. Give baby a few minutes to see if hes really still hungry or just wanting to suck.
UNLESS of course, you have a really ample supply - then go for it lol.
I've only been doing this now for about 2 weeks. I always stored in 4oz increments because that's what samara would eat in one feeding. I was told to freeze in 2-3oz also, but I didn't. So! It's worked out for us. We actually switched bottles because she was eating too fast from the playtex nursers. I found a good fit with the first years Breastflow, she eats slower and spits up less. I'm not really worried about supply issues at all though. I pump more than she eats while I'm gone. She takes 3 bottles and I pump 4.