(Closed) how much formula to feed?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I’m sorry your supply never recovered.  🙁  I know you were working really hard at it, and I hope you feel good about how long you DID breastfeed/pump for.

Let’s see, I believe the 2.5 times weight is about right, but that’s over the course of 24 hours.  You’ll also reduce the amount of formula depending on how much solids he’s eating, so he won’t actually need 50 oz a day. 

I would start out with maybe five 5 oz bottles, and see how much he actually takes during daycare.  You could also make sure to feed him in the morning before taking him to daycare, but my guess is that the 25 oz of formula plus solids would be enough to get him through the first day.  Then, you can adjust the next day’s amount depending on how much he actually ate.

Post # 4
536 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

DS is mainly formula fed at daycare, is almost 8 months old, is 19 lbs, and eats probably 16 oz. of formula at daycare from 8:30- 5:30 PM. He does also eat a fair bit of solids, but we’ve been trying to increase his liquid intake (formula or pumped milk) and he wants nothing to do with it… we send him to daycare with bigger bottles, and he comes back with untouched ones.

Oh well. We talked to our nurse practitioner about it, and she says that since his weight is ok, she’s not worried.

Post # 6
801 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I had to start supplementing at 8 months too due to supply issues.  My son is still drinking 5oz bottles of formula, same as he did of breastmilk.  Occaisionally he seems to want more so I make a few more ounces and he’ll drink one or two more.  I’d just play it by ear until you get a feel for how much is right.

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