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#1 of 6 Old 09-17-2008, 06:54 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Should I leave for daddy to feed the babe when I return to work when the baby is 6 weeks and how should it be divided? I was thinking in increments of 2-4 oz and about 8bottles--4 2 ozers and 4 4ozers. On average-- Too much? Too little?

Don't want to waste any, which is why they are "small". There will hopefully be a freezer stash, too and formula for just in case.

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In retrospect (i went back to work at 6 weeks also) I would say, make one 4 oz bottle, and then make a bunch of 2 oz "refills." This is what I do even now, because my ds is such a finicky bottle person. It is totally hit or miss whether he'll take it or not. I use those little 2 oz vials and store them in the fridge. all the caregiver has to do is screw on a bottle top; when it's empty, unscrew it and put it on another one. or if you use avent or palytex or some other bottles, literally just refill the bottle.

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for the first bit, I think 1 4 oz bottle every three hours, plus 1-2 refills as well should be great. it depends on your babe a lot - if she is a snacker or a meal eater, etc. And more during growth spurts just around 6 weeks, etc. But my babe settled down to a routine fairly quickly - nursed with me before DC at around 8, 4-5 oz bottles around 10, 1 and a 2-3 oz snack at 3:30, and then I nursed again at 5:15 at pick-up. With exceptions, of course. I always left a couple 2 oz bottles handy in the freezer because I knew that some days he just wanted more mama milk! But I know a friend who swears she sent 8 oz bottles and her DS would take 3 8 oz bottles a day!!!

PS - ITA you can never have too many 2 oz bottles, but you can have too many 4 oz, so err on the 2 oz side!

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When my ds was that age he never drank more than 2 oz at a time. I really hate to see milk go to waste, so I never made up bottles any bigger than 2 oz. He only started taking 4 at a time about a month ago (he's 5 months).
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at that age, my DS ate about 2 oz bottles every 2 hours. He is 9 MO now, and eats 3 oz bottles every 3 hours. Won't eat any more than that no matter how much I try (which is why we have a huge freezer stash that is getting old now).

Good luck going back to work, it was rough for me at first, but it got better.

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My daycare baby (now two!) only drank about 2-3 ounces at a time until she was 3-4 months old. Like another poster suggested, I would leave one four ouncer and the rest as two ounce refills so that dad can give her two ounces at a time.

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