Pumping Questions

My son is 3 1/2 weeks old, and I have been exclusively pumping and giving him EBM in a bottle and supplementing with formula as needed since he was 3 days old. He typically feeds every 3 hours during the day. When he takes a bottle of EBM the amount he eats is 3 oz. When I give him a feeding of formula I give the same amount, but he seems to get hungry sooner than he does after the EBM feedings.

I am wondering if this is normal? Is EBM more filling that formula and if so how much more formula should I give during a formula feeding to keep him fuller longer?

Also wondering how often others who are exclusively pumping tend to pump and if you supplement. I try to pump every time he eats during the day, but my supply still doesnt keep pace with his increased demand, so I've started a routine of giving EBM every other feeding.

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Re: Pumping Questions

  • Yes, EBM is MUCH more filling for babies than formula.  A friend of mine was telling me her LO is having 4oz of BM at a feeding and other LOs are at 8oz bottles already (he is 4 months, I think!).  What a lot of women don't know is that your milk changes as nursing progresses.  When your LO first latches, they get "foremilk" which is thinner and a little watery to quench thirst. As the feeding progresses, the milk becomes thicker and changes its composition, and by the end, your milk is thicker and sweeter (this is called "hindmilk").  I am not a lactation specialist and I am sure you know this, but your milk supply is based on demand.  Meaning, if you pump more, your supply will increase for the next time. This is especially helpful for your body when your LO is hitting a growth spurt.  One feeding they may feed more fervently and eat more, your breasts take that as a message to make more milk.  I'd really recommend getting in touch with a International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.

     Good luck! 

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