I have been reading your book as we are expecting our first baby on Dec 30th. However, I am just a little confused regarding the expressing of milk during the routines. With the 6pm feeds, i am hoping to feed my baby expressed milk. HOwever, the day before you have recommended expressing 30mls at 6.50 and then 9.40 a further 60ml. Should they be expressed into the same bottle and then fed at 6pm so our baby only gets to drink 90mls.
YOur assistance is greatly appreciated,
December 15th, 2009 at 11:43 pm Tizzie says:
Hi Jaq and welcome to Save Our Sleep®.
The best way to ask questions about your baby and or establishing and following my routines is to subscribe to the Save Our Sleep® Online advice service. However I am happy to give you some guidance in this instance. In the very early days babies will not drink a huge amount as they have tiny little tummies and need feeding regularly. The amounts you express during the day at the 6.40 am and 9.40 am express may be enough but you will notice there is also an expressing session in the evening as well. If you are going to feed a bottle of expressed milk at 6 pm you will need to express 30mls from each breast at 8 pm rather than the routine 9 pm expressing session (this is explained in the routine for breastfed babies aged 1-2 weeks) This milk can be stored in the fridge to add to the next mornings expressing or you can do what a lot of my clients do and freeze each days expressed milk in the freezer. A good way to do this is in a product such as Qubies® or simply in ice cube trays. This way you will know exactly how much milk is in each cube e.g 30mls or 40mls depending on the product. Once you have a feel for how much your baby is going to drink you can thaw out that amount for the 6 pm feed each night? Please remember though it is very important that you always feed your baby until they are full so it is best to thaw out slightly more than you expect your baby to drink. If you prefer you can store the breast milk in the fridge, I talk about storage of breastmilk on page 31 of my revised book.
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