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July 15th, 2013, 10:42 PM
JenLee's Avatar Veteran
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Location: Georgia
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Hello ladies, my name is Jenna. I have 3 little ones. My oldest ds is 7, my second ds is 3 and my dd is 3 months. I have been breastfeeding her and want to continue to do so at least until she is 1. I am returning back to work on the 31st, so I am trying to get prepared for pumping. I am curious to see how many bottles of milk do you send for your baby and how many ounces do you put in each bottle? I am worried that I will not send enough, or will waste it by sending too much. Thank you in advance.

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July 16th, 2013, 07:05 AM
ThaiSpice's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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Hey Jenna! Welcome!

I had the same question, especially with #1. I had no idea how much she normally ate, since she was breastfed. I think in the beginning I sent way more than she needed, just to be on the safe side, and within a week I could see that she was consistently taking three 4-oz bottles in a 9 hour period. She did that pretty consistently from 3 months to 12 months, but I did often worry that it wouldn't be enough if I had to work late or something. Once she started eating more solids around 9-10 months, there may have been days where it was only 2 bottles.

With Anna, I started out sending three 4-oz bottles, and it is enough most days. One thing I'm doing this time is sending and extra 4 ounces of milk in a breastmilk storage bag for the teacher to freeze and use in case of emergencies, like if I have to work late or if she's extra hungry or something. It's nice for peace of mind.

Here's what Kellymom.com has to say: http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/pumping/milkcalc/

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July 16th, 2013, 08:47 AM
juleeannk's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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It depends on how long you will be away from your baby and if you will nurse your baby right before you leave daycare etc...
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July 29th, 2013, 08:46 AM
MaineBean's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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I send in 3 unfrozen bottles of around 3 oz each for a day of 9-5. She usually eats right before we part (either at home or at daycare) and she's hungry when I pick her up. Though daycare has been giving a frozen bag towards the end of the day (4 or later) because she's cranky because she hasn't slept enough. If she would sleep a little more, I'm sure the 3 bottles would suffice.

It stresses me out because if they keep doing the 4th bottle, my stash will be gone in no time.

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