Childhood Diseases

Posted by: STM | 2009-03-30


Quantity to express

Dear Doc

I am soon going to return to work for a half day job when my daughter will be 16 weeks. I will be working 4 hours a day, so will miss two feeds a day. I am currently breastfeeding exclusively, every 4 hours.

If I express milk for her, how much should she receive during the feeds that I am at work. By exclusively breastfeeding, I have no idea how many ml she is currently drinking every 4 hours.

Would you advise that she drinks say Nan while I am at work, and that I continue to breastfeed her during the rest of the day? I don' t want my milk to " dry up" , so it may be better to try and express milk for her? Also, I' m not sure how good it is for her if I alternate between breast and Nan?

Many thanks!

Expert's Reply



You will be able to feed your baby with NAN which is an excellent formula during the day. This will make things easier for you. Your milk will not dry up as you will be breastfeeding in the morning and evening and probably still once at night as well.

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