How Much Expressed Breast Milk?

1. How Much Expressed Breast Milk?

Hi all
Just wondering how much expressed breast milk is enough for bubs? She is 7 weeks old and exclusively breast fed, I am trying to keep a supply of breast milk in the freezer for times when I need to go somewhere. When I express though I am only getting about 3oz (100ml). Will this be enough to give bub at a time?

2. 100mls for a 7 week old should be enough.
You can work out the mls with bottle feed. .. as a rough Guide with the following formula.
Basically it's 150mls per kilo.
So you do weight x 150 =
Then you divide by how many feeds in a 24 hour period.
Eg bub weighs 4kg.
4 x 150 = 600
600 ÷ 6 feeds = 100mls. Per feed.
If there were 8 feeds it would 75mls.
As a minimum amount. Some bubs will take more. Id say 100mls is great for 7 weeks.

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3. What Tamtam said!

100ml is great by the way. I could only ever get about 40-50ml when expressing.

I also recommend freezing some smaller portions (20-50ml) too. These can be used as top-ups so there is less wastage of the liquid gold!

4. Oh wow it is? I was feeling disheartened that it wasn't enough!

Thanks for that Tamtam bubs was 4.1kg at last weeks check up so that works about right!

5. Originally Posted by withlovesiobhan
Oh wow it is? I was feeling disheartened that it wasn't enough!

Thanks for that Tamtam bubs was 4.1kg at last weeks check up so that works about right!
100mls is great. Expressing is hard and some get more or less. I did it for a long time and I averaged 100-140mls... Sometimes only 80mls. 100 is great! Do not feel disheartened.

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6. 100ml is great!
I left my 5mth old overnight a few weeks go and I had 900ml!
She only ever took about 120 per feed so I had lots left! She was about 6.5kg.

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100ml is fantastic! I have to pump repeatedly over two days to get that! A usual pump for me is 40 mls so don't be disheartened, because I'm jealous I recently left my 5mth overnight for the first time & had frozen the milk in 100ml lots, the 100ml was prefect for her, she drunk it happily but was content at the end.

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9. Do any of you ladies take Fenugreek? I was thinking of getting some to see if that makes a difference?

10. I totally agree with freezing smaller portions. Once you have defrosted it to room temperature its shelf life is not very long. I have stupidly frozen batches of about 150ml, some are more, and if bub doesn't take the whole bottle then some of it ends up down the sink. Boooo!

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