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How much EBM for 5 week old?
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#1 CCLady

Posted 05 April 2012 - 11:37 PM

I wouldnt have a clue - is there any way to tell how much EBM I should leave for my DH to cover one feed? I have to work this weekend.

He is feeding roughly 3 hourly around the clock  yyawn.gif

I have a 100ml bottle expressed/frozen ready to be defrosted along with loads more ebm in the freezer so there is no chance DH will 'run out' but I also would hate to defrost what I don't need to.

Also, any recommendations for the best bottle for an exclusive breast feeder? Is Avent still the go?

Thanks in advance x

#2 B.feral3

Posted 06 April 2012 - 12:06 AM

In hospital, the way they work out EBM feeds is: 180 x weight / 8

So for arguments sake if your little one was 7kg the feed amount would be 180 X 7kg / 8 = 157.5mls every 3 hours.

I would use that as a ball park. My little man is 7kg and DH feeds him EBM every Tuesday while I am at uni and he most of the time wont have that much in one sitting.

We only own one bottle and teat. The bottle is an old el cheapo that the hospital gave us and the teat came free in some sample bag at one point or another. I found it in the cupboard. This will hopefully will see us through!! It's served us well so far.  biggrin.gif

#3 ubermum

Posted 06 April 2012 - 12:06 AM

No, I was told Avent is one of the worst teats for a breastfed baby.

If I had to leave a bottle for an exclusively breastfed baby I would be getting this one. My breastfeeding relationship with one of my kids was totally stuffed up by introduction of a teat at an early stage.  The teat in my link is the only one on that requires a baby to feed like they are at the breast.

As for how much, your dh can defrost what he needs in warm water.

#4 CharliMarley

Posted 06 April 2012 - 09:53 AM

It is a good idea with an exclusively breastfed baby to not use bottles, as some babies can get nipple confusiion and ruin your lovely breastfeeding journey. Your DH can give the EBM with a little open cup (like a medicine glass) or a syringe, and both these methods can be used successfully with newborns. Another good idea, when it comes to how much - freeze your EBM in ice cube trays and then your DH can thaw the ice cubes quickly and if he needs more, then it doesn't take long to thaw a couple more. You are still establishing your supply at this age, so it is not a good idea to do this too much while this is happening, but I see from your post that it is only going to be for one feed, so that will work O.K. cclap.gif
You are doing a wonderful job and keep up the good work. tthumbs.gif

#5 franno

Posted 06 April 2012 - 10:02 AM

We started the odd bottle at 5 weeks and she was totally fine. Used nuk I think but now I would use tomee tipee (the one shaped like a breast). Use the calculation suggested above I can't remember what the calls were (leave a little more out). 150ml for a 5 week old sounds plenty.

#6 Soontobegran

Posted 06 April 2012 - 10:05 AM

I would start freezing your milk in smaller quantities...perhaps in 50 ml increments and then your DH can defrost 2 to start with and then another if it looks as though your baby is hungry. 50 mls defrosts very quickly in hot water.
Your little one is about 4 months and if he is a good breast feeder now it is most unlikely that the type of teat he uses once a week will effect his ability to feed from the breast althought the Tommee Tippee 'close to nature' seems to be one that is tolerated really well.

Edited by soontobegran, 06 April 2012 - 10:08 AM.


#7 CharliMarley

Posted 06 April 2012 - 01:16 PM

QUOTE (soontobegran @ 06/04/2012, 10:05 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I would start freezing your milk in smaller quantities...perhaps in 50 ml increments and then your DH can defrost 2 to start with and then another if it looks as though your baby is hungry. 50 mls defrosts very quickly in hot water.
Your little one is about 4 months and if he is a good breast feeder now it is most unlikely that the type of teat he uses once a week will effect his ability to feed from the breast althought the Tommee Tippee 'close to nature' seems to be one that is tolerated really well.



I thought I read that the baby is only 5 weeks? unsure.gif

#8 Marchioness Flea

Posted 06 April 2012 - 05:08 PM

Has the baby even taken a bottle yet? Do you know he will even drink while you're gone yet?

#9 Soontobegran

Posted 06 April 2012 - 11:47 PM

QUOTE (Winterdanceparty @ 06/04/2012, 01:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I thought I read that the baby is only 5 weeks? unsure.gif


Goodness knows where I got 4 months from original.gif

#10 zogee

Posted 08 April 2012 - 01:21 PM

My 7 week old has never wanted more than 150ml in one feed. I use a tommee tippee closer to nature bottle and have avent ones as a back up. It hasn't been an issue for me re: nipple confusion, DS had his first bottle of EBM at 1 week old (I had mastitis and couldn't bear to feed him from the affected breast) but he has always had a good strong suck.

#11 CCLady

Posted 09 April 2012 - 10:44 PM

Just to update for anyone wondering, there was no time to find the best bottle so I used an Avent one I had here anyway. He took it and drank 125ml out of the 140ml I left. Dh is pretty confident with him, if he didnt take a bottle he would have cup fed. He takes a dummy well so I didnt think he would struggle too much.

I will buy a different bottle for next time though, after a bit of a google the Avent one would be why he had such a fussy night afterwards. You'd think one feed wouldnt make a difference but it did. Will give the ones suggested a go, the best for exclusively breast fed babies just to avoid any problems.

I was gone for 5 hours and replaced only one feed, I expressed by hand when I got home (my pump carked it) and I got 190ml out of one boob (we feed one side per feed)  ohmy.gif   ohmy.gif  .  I am slowly getting a good stash which makes me feel better as this time I will be a working breastfeeding Mum, and aim to only be away for one feed at a time on a non-regular basis.

Thanks for the advice original.gif

#12 anon4000

Posted 10 April 2012 - 08:53 PM

I've heard pigeon peristalic teats are the way to go with a BF baby, something about the way the teat moves in the mouth. A mw in hospital told me this and others in my mothers group have heard similar. I understand the TTCTN ones are bad.




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