I have a 9 month old who I will be leaving with family for 1/2 a day can mums of bubs the same age please advise how much you give them for 1 feed or how much milk I should express for him?


Posted anonymously, 27th May 2015


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  • I used to feed my son every 3 hours about 120mls each as he was a good eater. That was the good thing about bottle feeding because everyday was the same routine and I loved it . I had pre-made bottle ready in the fridge as if I was a baby factory worker . I work on routine and it was good for me and the kids .



  • I used to feed first, then express the rest. However much you get from that



  • I think at 9 months, my Lo was having 4x 200 ml per day. He always had expressed milk so I kept it quite controlled. But at 9 months would also depend on how much solids he’s eating.



  • well pump what they would usually drink and maybe more (for insurance!) bub will be eating food so you won’t need as much milk



  • At this age my Lo would have anywhere from 120mls to 250mls depending on her mood. Always best to have more than less



  • Ice cubes is a great idea



  • I agree to try ant home first and I’d always leave more than you think you are going to need to be sure.



  • Freeze your milk in ice cubes, then whoever is caring for your child can defrost more if its needed



  • I agree with trying bub on a bottle at home first. If you express right before he’s due for a feed, it’ll be easiest and your breasts will have produced enough milk ready for him. I think my bubs were having 150-180 mls at that age, depending on time of day.
    If you don’t have a store of breast milk, it may be demanding to save for the day all at once. I used to start by expressing 20-30 mls at the end of a feed until I had 100-120 mls. Then I could let hubby give a bottle for a feed while I expressed the same quantity plus another 20-30mls. Eventually I had a stock of 3 full bottles for emergencies, and if one bottle was used, I could replace it without stimulating too much milk production and risking mastitis.



  • This is a really good question but it all depends on the individual child and remember it’s always a great idea to have an excess than to little! Breast milk freezes quite well so you can have a back up supply frozen should they need it!



  • Great, I had had suggested only do a small amount like 60ml



  • They all consume different amounts for example I met a mother who’s son was much younger than my very petite daughter and he was consuming double what she was. A friend did an experiment and expressed and bottle fed her daughter for a day to see how much she took at each feed – a bit of effort but might interest you. I used to always keep the freezer stocked with frozen milk. Better to have too much than too little and it lasts for months.



  • Express as much as you can (you can always freeze any excess for another time). If he hasn’t had a bottle before, I’d suggest making up several bottles of about 50ml each – that way he can have more than one bottle per feed if he wants, but you don’t waste as much if he wants less.



  • I use a calculation when expressing (every Bub is different so it’s just a guideline)….
    Not on solids: (weight x 150)/no. Feeds in 24 hours
    On solids: (weight x 120)/no. feeds in 24 hours

    The 150/120 are mils. I have found that this has been really useful with both my babies. I usually express just a little more than the calc (just to be on the safe side!!)



  • I have a nearly 7 month old and I express about 100-120ml for daytime feeds. She is also on solids 3 meals a day (not a huge amount) but something. It depends on how much your Bub eats, if they are on solids etc. You could always test them out before hand, or have two bottles at the ready just in case.


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