I work out of home one day a week and my 4 month old stays with his grandparents for the day. We introduced the bottle at 5 weeks, but he has always been reluctant to take it, and didn't eat anything the first day I went back. After much persistence and experimenting, we have gotten him to take the bottle pretty regularly while I am at work. Normally he drinks between 2 - 4 ounces at a time (mostly 3 oz). There are usually 10 to 11 hours between when I feed him in the morning and when I feed him after work, and he will take 4 or 5 bottles in that time. I thought we were right on track, but today the pediatrician seemed concerned with the amount he was taking. He said he should be eating more like 6 to 8 oz from the bottle at a time. He knew it was only one day a week, but I realized in retrospect, he never asked how many bottles he took during the day. When I am home with DS, he normally nurses every 1.5-3 hours depending on when he seems hungry, when he's sleeping, and what other activities we have going on, so I expect him to eat as frequently while I'm at work. 6 to 8 oz every three hours seems excessive to me, but I actually have no real comparison to make. The matter is complicated by the fact that he really only takes fresh milk, so I am always trying to pump enough the day before (while nursing him full time). I don't want to be leaving him hungry accidently, but I really felt comfortable that he was getting enough. His weight gain is completely on track, and except for that first day, he has had a normal number of wet diapers while I am at work. I would appreciate anyone else's experience with this issue. Do you think the ped was basing his recommendation on feeding every 4 hours or do you think he really meant to recommend 6 to 8 oz every 2 hours?
Thank you all for help or suggestions.
Emily mother to Colin 5/3/2009