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I'm thinking that I am going to EP for DD. She's not gaining well on breast alone, is a sleepy and lazy nurser and is happier/more content after a bottle of breastmilk. I plan to offer to the breast at night and for comfort but mostly, she'll be getting a bottle.<br><br><br>
She's 6 weeks old on Sat and I don't know how much milk she should be taking from a bottle. Can I over-feed her? I know I've read that a breastfed baby can't be overfed but does that apply to a bottle fed baby getting nothing but breastmilk? I don't want to over or under feed her but I know that bottle fed babies often will just keep going and going because it's there. We pace feed to help keep that from happening but I don't want to make a 5 oz bottle for her to only take 3 of it... Technically I'm not supposed to reuse the remaining oz (though I do, at the next feed)...<br><br>
So... How much does the average bottle fed (breastmilk) baby take every 2-3 hours at 6 weeks old?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm thinking that I am going to EP for DD. She's not gaining well on breast alone, is a sleepy and lazy nurser and is happier/more content after a bottle of breastmilk. I plan to offer to the breast at night and for comfort but mostly, she'll be getting a bottle.<br><br><br>
She's 6 weeks old on Sat and I don't know how much milk she should be taking from a bottle. Can I over-feed her? I know I've read that a breastfed baby can't be overfed but does that apply to a bottle fed baby getting nothing but breastmilk? I don't want to over or under feed her but I know that bottle fed babies often will just keep going and going because it's there. We pace feed to help keep that from happening but I don't want to make a 5 oz bottle for her to only take 3 of it... Technically I'm not supposed to reuse the remaining oz (though I do, at the next feed)...<br><br>
So... How much does the average bottle fed (breastmilk) baby take every 2-3 hours at 6 weeks old?</div>
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I'm having the same issues with my 4 1/2 week old son. He was in the hospital for 8 days after birth and the nurses there gave me a nipple shield to use without a word to the effect it would have not only on his milk transfer but also on my supply. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry"> So, I'm EP'ing while building up my supply. Anyway, my ped said 4 oz. every 3-ish hours.<br><br>
Good luck mama, and <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> . It sucks to not be able to feed your baby the way you want to, I understand.
 

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<a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/milkcalc.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/milkcalc.html</a>
 

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Thanks! I had been using that site but was wondering if maybe it was wrong considering she wasn't on the breast for food.<br><br>
I'm going to keep plugging at it with the SNS... Sooner or later, it'll get better... Right?<br><br>
I figure if she's nursing and I'm supplementing her with an 1-2oz, she should be getting more than enough food. Hopefully once she gets a bit bigger, she'll be able to nurse without weight gain issues. She must have her daddy's metabolism... Man, he could pack away 5 burgers from McDonalds and not gain an oz.
 
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