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DD has been drinking a lot of EBM at daycare. She is 5 months old, 12 lbs and 25" long. I know each kid is different, but I can barely keep up with her consumption! She is at daycare a few days a week for 8 hours and I nurse her at lunch. She drank 14 oz. yesterday! Just two weeks ago she was eating 5-8 oz.<br><br>
I did some research on kellymom.com and workandpump and it seems like she is eating on the high end.<br><br>
She nurses a ton at night, and is just coming out of a growth spurt.<br><br>
Any suggestions on how to keep up? I hate to ask her daycare provider to hold off bottles - I would feel like she was being starved.
 

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If it makes you feel any better DS was drinking 24 ounces a day at daycare at that age!!! He was taking 4 6 ounce bottles in a 9 hour day! And, obviously, nursing in the morning and a few times at night as well. I know how you feel. I feel like with the littleguy before this baby I didn't have such a hard time keeping up.<br><br>
It sounded from your post like you work part time like me. My solution has been that on the days I don't work, during the first feeding of the morning I feed the baby on one breast and pump the other at the same time. My supply is highest in the morning so he is satisfied on one breast and I can pump quite a bit at those sessions to supplement what I might be short on work days. The only down side is that it means having the pump out 7 days a week, but it helps me keep ahead of the little guy!
 

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I don't have a solution for you, just wanted to give a <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> and say my little guy is the same age and eats that much too. I'm supplementing with formula while in class/clinicals due to my recent illness/hospitalization/supply issues related to same...<br><br>
Before my supply issues, I did as pp mentioned and pumped off one side early in the am while he ate off the other. He is satiated by one booby easily (usually), and this allowed an extra few ounces for the stash. My guy is now eating 18-24 oz during the 8 hours I'm gone.
 

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NWmt_mama,<br>
I understand that you don't want DCP to underfeed her, on the other hand, it is possible she is being overfed. Even an ounce or two could make a big difference in your ability to keep up.<br><br>
Do you have a sense of whether DCP tries most if not all other comfort measures before offering the bottle? Are you using slow flow nipples and removing the bottle ever other swallow or so in order that DC will recognize she is full sooner? If the last feeding is within a half hour or so of you picking her up could they stall her so you can nurse her when you get there? Etc.<br><br>
Here is a Kellymom article with these tips and others.<br><br>
How to bottle-feed the breastfed baby<br>
...tips for a breastfeeding supportive style of bottle feeding<br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/bottle-feeding.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/bottle-feeding.html</a><br><br>
Also, if these tips don't help or if DCP is not receptive to trying them I would suggest Mother's Milk Tea (I use Traditional Medicinals) and/or Fenugreek to boost supply. I would also try the Marmet Massage technique to speed letdown and increase the amount you produce when pumping. You can also try a modified version while you are pumping (if you are coordinated enough) to save time.<br><br>
Good luck.<br>
~Cath
 

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If she's going through a growth spurt, she'll probably settle down soon.<br><br>
I also go to daycare to nurse DD at lunch, and at 5 months she got two 5-6oz bottles there. Now we've moved to two 4oz sippy cups because she's also getting snacks (only way she'll drink bm in a sippy) and lunch there. She's nursing longer at lunch and at home since she gets less bm at daycare.
 

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Thank you, everyone <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I feel much better now that I know that other babies are drinking this much!<br><br>
I read the articles on Kellymom, which is what prompted me to post this question. After reading others responses, I just think that she is hungry! DC provider definitely uses other forms of comfort/slow-flow nipples/letting her decide when she is full.<br><br>
I've been pumping on one side while she nurses on the other, but I haven't been as good about doing it on the days that she doesn't go to daycare. I will have to get better about that, but luckily it looks like a doable solution! Just two weeks ago I threw out 8 oz. because she wasn't drinking as much as I was pumping and it got old. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
Thanks again!!
 
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