The question Jessica, The Family Room’s lactation consultant (IBCLC), is asked most often by moms returning to work is…
How much milk do I need to leave for the care provider?
Most babies will take between 3 to 4 ounces at each feeding and will continue to feed on the same schedule as when you were home. Here are three tips to keep in mind:
- Be in close communication with your provider about typical feedings and amounts. Sharing information and expectations is always a good idea.
- Leave a little extra in case your baby needs more milk.
- Make sure you are using a slow flow bottle and that the person feeding the baby is giving the baby breaks during a feeding. Learn more about paced bottle feeding. This video is a good start!
There will be an adjustment period (for everyone!), so don’t stress. It may take a week or two to get into a good groove and anticipate how much your baby will need.
If you have specific questions about pumping and returning to work, feel free to ask Jessica at our weekly Breastfeeding Social on Mondays from 10 am to noon. You got this, mama!