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I have to go out of town for 2.5 days and DS cannot come with me<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">:<br>
I have been pumping extra everyday to save for the trip and I don't know if I have enough. DS is 11 mo, about 23 lbs, nurses on demand, eats 3 meals of solids during the day and sleeps through the night without nursing. I currently have 50 oz in the freezer. Is this enough? I still have 6 days left to try and pump extra.
 

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Kellymom.com has a calculator that might give you an idea...<br><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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My guess is that you are close to having what you need but it doesn't seem that you have a wide margin for error. The rule of thumb with babies is 24 oz a day, which may vary depending upon how many solids and other liquids he is drinking. But if you just take that rule of thumb and multiply by 2.5 it would seem that you wuld need about 60 oz.<br><br>
I'm guessing you'll get a similar number with the Kellymom calculator.<br><br>
You may need even depending upon what time of day you leave and what time of day you get back. In other words, when does he eat the most in relationship to your departure and return time.<br><br>
Good luck, ~Cath
 

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Thanks mamas for your input. I will have around 70 oz. I think that will be enough, but none can be wasted. I am so anxious to leave my baby. I have never been away from him for more than 10 hrs at a stretch.
 

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Hi Nolansmum, if you're concerned about having enough and not wanting to waste any, you might want to mention to whomever will be feeding your dc to only put 2oz or so in a bottle and top up as needed - that way there is less to be thrown out if your dc doesn't finish the whole bottle. (Fresh milk is ok to re-refrigerate and reuse for the next feeding, but I don't think they recommend that with thawed milk.)
 

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I think aiming for around 30 oz a day should be enough. Thawed milk is "good" for 24 hours so I would only defrost in smaller portions. I exclusively pump for dd2 and I don't fuss about tossing the milk she doesn't eat in one sitting....though she never usually eats longer than 10-15 minutes at a time and one bottle is only used for at most 2 to 3 feedings within a 6-8 hour time frame. I've never had a problem with spoilage doing it this way. I certainly wouldn't leave a sippy out for hours, but if you're worried about not wasting, I would just have his caregivers be vigilant about putting unused milk right back in the fridge.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I think aiming for around 30 oz a day should be enough. Thawed milk is "good" for 24 hours so I would only defrost in smaller portions. I exclusively pump for dd2 and I don't fuss about tossing the milk she doesn't eat in one sitting....though she never usually eats longer than 10-15 minutes at a time and one bottle is only used for at most 2 to 3 feedings within a 6-8 hour time frame. I've never had a problem with spoilage doing it this way. I certainly wouldn't leave a sippy out for hours, but if you're worried about not wasting, I would just have his caregivers be vigilant about putting unused milk right back in the fridge.</div>
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Thank you for this info. DS usually has only one pumped bottle a day, so we don't have much experience with the saving an unfinished bottle for later. Congrats on pumping exclusively!
 

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I forgot to include this link to a Kellymom article earlier. It includes tips on how to bottlefeed a baby so they don't over eat (so your milk should last longer).<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>
Good luck, ~Cath
 
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