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Name: LindsayK
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My daughter is 2 months old. How many ounces should she eat at a feeding if I pump for her? She nurses frequently, like every 2-3 hours during the day. Occasionally I try to pump so others can feed her. I'd been giving her 4oz bottles, but the last time it didn't seem like enough for her, so we gave her another and she drank 3/4 of that too. This seemed like a lot to me, 7oz. Does my breast really hold that much at a time? She always nurses on one side per feeding only. Help would be appreciated from experienced bf mothers. thanks
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Name: bmes | Date: Dec 11th, 2006 7:35 PM
I remember with mine if I gave her a bottle it was always around 2-4 oz at a time, but your baby will know when she's had enough. if you have to feed her from a bottle i would give her 2 oz at a time until she's satisfied...or you could feed her a 2 or 4 oz bottle and if she's still hungry give her your breast and let her feed until she's full. babies are way more efficient than a pump, so think....if you can pump like 4 oz at a time, she's probably getting way more than that when she feeds from you!! :-) 

Name: momo | Date: Dec 11th, 2006 8:29 PM
With my son I couldn't breastfeed cuz he was in the nicu..so i pumped and I pumped 8 oz...every 1/12 - 2 hours...i think i overdid it..i was a cow..but then again..i was so excited i got so much milk that i kept pumping so much and made more and more...that i had to pump it...supply and demand...now i know not to try so much 

Name: Melissa | Date: Dec 11th, 2006 9:17 PM
go to http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/milkcalc.html and go to the milk calculator. it will ask the average amout of feedings you give a day and then will tell you roughly how many ounces they need in a bottle. 

Name: LindsayK | Date: Dec 12th, 2006 12:46 AM
Thanks for all the advice girls! That website was very helpful. I found out that the norm is to only get an ounce or two per pumping session. I thought it was just me. And that my daughter should only be getting 2-4oz per feeding of expressed milk. Thanks 

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