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May 7th, 2012, 10:29 AM
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Tennessee
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My baby boy is 9 weeks old and has been exclusively breastfed since birth. He's done very well breastfeeding. I pump a few times a day and am trying to build up my freezer stash as I am planning on going back to work when a job becomes available. I actually have very little frozen bc I didn't start pumping right after he was born. I have 2 questions: Is there a "normal" amount that I should be getting in each pumping session? I do good to get 2 oz. My second question is: I want to start supplementing with formula for days that we aren't home all day (out shopping or visiting family) so I am not constantly looking at the clock and planning those days around BF him. This wouldn't be every day but it would be nice to be able to enjoy a day out and have a few bottles of formula handy. Thank you!
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May 16th, 2012, 07:35 AM
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It really depends on how much your little one is really eating each time.

If you are supplementing with food, then 2 oz may be all you need each time. However, it does seem a little low for his age.

Have you tried different breast pumps to see if you can express more with one that might be more efficient? Breast pumps can be VERY different.

Supplementing with formula occasionally should not cause an issue for you at this time because breastfeeding is well established.
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