Quoting whoknowsx:" Question! I both nurse and pump. I pump because two days a week I am away from my baby from 9am- 9pm ... [snip!] ... from the otherside at night). my DS chokes on that boob everytime he eats -- what should I do? Thank you for your assistance!"First question
: Is 4ounces of breastmilk too much every 2-3 hours?
It's not "too much" but it is
likely more than he needs.
The average breastfed baby past 4 weeks until 6 months averages 25 oz per day.
The average is 19-30 oz. So if he took 30oz (on the higher end) and ate every 2 hrs - he'd take in about 2.5 oz per feed.
So then you'd likely wonder - why does he eat 4 if he doesn't need 4?
Well he probably overeats for 1 or 2 reasons (or both). The way a baby is fed a bottle makes a difference and he may do it to comfort suck. Also - if he gets any formula, that can monkey with it a bit.
The first 4 weeks, your supply keep increasing in volume. At around a month it stabilizes & from there on out it increases in density
. So you don't make more
milk, you make milk that is higher & higher in fats & calories. Obviously formula isn't like this - it is the same day after day, so when baby's needs for fats & calories & nutrition go up, the ounces must increase. It is for this reason that most moms who "can't keep up" with pumping, often can, but they don't know it because they assume they are supposed to be leaving 4, 5, 6 oz per feed & they don't actually need
How do you get him to take less? Bottle technique and making suire he is on alow flow bottle & offering a binkie after he has been given the appropriate number of ounces to see if he will settle for that. Here is info on technique: http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/feeding-tools/bottle-feeding/
because I pump I have an oversupply, particularly on one boob (because I manually pump that boob while he eats from the otherside at night). my DS chokes on that boob everytime he eats -- what should I do?
It would be better of you could alternate which breast you pump. When offering that side, treat it as if it has overactive letdown & follow these tips:http://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/supply-worries/fast-letdown/