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    So I've read a few threads on here about bottle feeding (formula) and how much to give bub. I still have no idea though.
    And what about when you're expressing? How much do I give?
    Can I express and give formula top ups and how much do I give in that??
    Hahaha.


    Also ill be starting from newborn with expressing and feeding with the bottle. I assume I know to give more when newborn amounts aren't filling her but how much do I up that by??


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    Noonynoonynoo >__>

    Oh I must be getting super curiously impatient, I thought I posted this much earlier today haha.

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    The hospital works out a formula when I had my bub in for weight gain. It's 150xweight. This equates to how many mls per day whether its formula or ebm.
    Eg. My bub was 3kgs. So that was 450mls per 24 hour period. so in the early days if you're giving ten feeds (every two hours) about 50 mls is good.
    I do think though that bub doesn't need that right at the beginning as their tummy is tiny. They just need little bits of colostrum.

    Well that is what I work towards but I'm not a doctor!

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    Ooh that makes sense ! The other threads had extra in that formula and it was super confusing O___O


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    Will you be exclusively expressing from birth? I had to with DS2 as he was a 31 weeker. I started by hand expressing colostrum straight after birth and you literally get drops but you need to do it every couple of hours in order for your milk to come in. In terms of how much, you go by the formula Tamtam gave.

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    I probably won't be exclusively but I will need to express/bottle feed a lot (and if bub decides she likes the bottle better then yeah ill try exclusively expressing).

    So how does it go if you give some boob feeds and some expressed feeds in one day?


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    Some boob feeds and some expressed will probably help your supply as the baby will be stimulating your milk better. You can start expressing a little before the birth and you may be able to get some colustrum out.

    In the early days their stomach is the size of a marble and breast milk fills them up quickly.

    I go by the same formula if I need to give ebm.

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    Expressing is hard work. You need to be prepared for your supply to dwindle before it's even been established if you're expressing from birth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by αληθη View Post
    I probably won't be exclusively but I will need to express/bottle feed a lot (and if bub decides she likes the bottle better then yeah ill try exclusively expressing).

    So how does it go if you give some boob feeds and some expressed feeds in one day?


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    It can work really well. I personally would have bub on the boob to get the colostrum (they're more efficient at getting it than hand expressing or pumping) Once your milk is in you can feed and then express afterwards and store it/freeze it in order to build up a supply of ebm. I always found it easier to express in the morning. It can take a little while for your boobs to settle into your routine but you get there. When I brought DS2 home I was still expressing 3-4 hourly because he needed top ups and he had a whole bottle at 10pm because my body was done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    Expressing is hard work. You need to be prepared for your supply to dwindle before it's even been established if you're expressing from birth.
    Just want to add this isn't always the case, but the formula top ups can hinder supply!


 

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