My DS is 6.5 months old. He is breastfed but for the past three months I have been giving him a bottle of EBM at bedtime. It's a great part of the bedtime routine and it's nice to know that I've definitely filled his little tummy. When he wakes up an hour later I know it's okay to send DH in :)
The problem is he was normally eating 3-4 oz like most breastfed babies do. But now that he's six months, I think all the guidelines of how much each feeding is changes. My mom has encouraged me to use a bigger bottle of EMB and see if I can feed him more before bedtime.
Anyway, I upped to 5 ounces and he finished the bottle, so I stayed at 5 for a while. Tonight though, I upped to 6 ounces and he finished the bottle. To me that sounds like a LOT in one sitting, but maybe I am just not used to him being so old! He is very drowsy by the time he gets the bottle and seems to be eating in his sleep toward the end--eyes closed, very relaxed.
I guess I am wondering what are normal bottle amounts for older babies, and will he stop drinking once he's had enough? I'm afraid that if I keep upping the ounces I'm going to feed him so much that he gets sick. I know babies can eat in their sleep so I don't want him to keep drinking as long as its in his mouth, kwim? But I want him to be full and satisfied.
When he nurses to sleep he pulls off the nipple when he's done, but I've never seen him do that with a bottle. Thanks for your help!