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    Default How much EBM to take to child care

    My DS is starting child care in a couple of weeks. He will be 16 weeks when he starts. Just 1 day per week in the beginning.
    I just realised I have no idea how much EBM I should send to child care with him.
    Can anyone help?
    He still feeds every 3 hours or so during the day but sometimes he will take another feed. If he's feeding normally, he will be there for 3 feeds.
    Obviously because I'm BF I have no idea how much he drinks.
    I don't express much. I usually get around 100ml each morning and I do have a little supply in the freezer. But I don't know how much he should be drinking to know how much to send.

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    Default How much EBM to take to child care

    Hi. My advice is start expressing and giving bubs the occasional bottle now. It will help you figure out how much bubs drinks and also get bubs used to a bottle. When my dd started daycare she was bf and wouldn't take a bottle. Resulted in my precious ebm being thrown out as the centre can only heat it up once. Heartbreaking when you can only express so much. Also took trying a few different bottles before I found some dd would use.

    Good luck!

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    The general rule they use in hospitals to determine "full feeds" is that he may need about 150ml/kg/day divided by the number of feeds each day, per feed.

    So, if he's say 5kg, that's 750ml per day, if that's over 6 feeds in a 24 hour period then that's about 125ml per feed. Three feeds worth would be 375ml.

    It's a rough guide only though so you will really just have to send a bit extra the first time and see how much he drinks and try to adjust until you get it as close to his need with as little wastage as possible.

    ETA: If you'll be expressing in lieu of those 3 feeds you'll quickly have more freezer stock built up.

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    He has a bottle of EBM occasionally now. There was a period of time I didn't have enough milk by the end of the day and I would top him up with some EBM. So I'm lucky I know he takes it.
    But it's usually a top up, not a full feed. That's why I'm not sure on the amount.
    I'll try your suggestion of feeding him a bottle for a feed during the day to see how much he drinks.


 

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