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#1 of 5 Old 06-22-2009, 10:18 PM - Thread Starter
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Does ne one have an average of how many ounces per day a preemie needs or is suppose to get??? I was reading some hospital papers today from my 36 weeker and it said 25 oz...that seems like a huge amount for someone so small???? we are not getting 25oz a day---he was born at 36 weeks but as of today he is 38 wks...just wondering! Thanks
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My 36 weeker was discharged after his due date taking 21oz a day, max. 25oz doesn't sound like a ton though for a child without severe feeding problems.
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DS (32w4d, 4 lbs 8 oz at birth) was discharged at 35w3d weighing 5 lbs 3 oz. He was taking 2ish ounces every 3 hours, so I would say 16-20 ounces of EBM a day when he was discharged. Once he got home we were nursing and supplementing with EBM so it's hard to say after that.

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How much a baby needs has more to do with their weight than with their age. It also depends on the calorie content of your milk.

For the first six months, a baby (not preemie) needs approximately 50 calories per day per pound. So a 6 pound baby would need 300 calories, or roughly 15 ounces. This would be approximately 2 ounces per feeding (assuming your breastmilk has 20 calories per ounce), 8 times a day. A full-term newborn weighing 9.5 pounds would need about 24 ounces.

Preemies need more than this per pound of body weight to help them catch up. I think the doctors' goal at our NICU was around 60 calories per pound up to the baby's due date. When preemies are fed formula, it is often fortified to have 22-24, or even more, calories per ounce. If growth is a concern and you are bottle feeding, talk to your pediatrician about fortifying.

If you are breastfeeding, however, I wouldn't worry about all of this! I would just concentrate on making sure your baby is having plenty of wet diapers and is growing at least 1/4-1/2 pound a week.
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Mine takes 2oz (60ml) every 3-4 hours. She now weighs 8 pounds. The doctor is pleased. She gets BM supplemented with NeoSure and Beneprotein to 26kcal.

She's 3 months old, but her tummy is still small. Any more than 2-2.5 oz and she gives us what her tummy doesn't hold.

We figured we'd rather do a little more frequent feedings than to clean up spit-up.

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