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I just delivered a borderline premature baby (@35 weeks).

Initially I had good supply of breast milk when I was feeding him on demand. Then the past one week my breast milk reduced so I started to give more formula milk. He is currently day 29 of life. I still breastfeed him whenever I feel my breasts are full. The thing is sometimes he never wakes up till 3_4 hrs..Should I wake him up and feed? And if I’m giving formula feed, I’m not sure how many oz should I mix. Someone told me if one month, one ounce, two months will be around two ounce. But my baby now sometimes drink two…

Thank you.

Asked by Maxine - Posted 1 Year, 10 months, 1 week, 1 Day, 10 hours, 4 minutes ago.

Dear Maxine,

Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, you haven’t told me the weight of your baby at birth, how many feeds he has in 24 hours,  how much weight has he gained in the last 29 days and how many formula feeds he has in a day.

However, I will try my best to answer your question based on the information you have supplied. I suggest you continue to breast feed him at each feed even though your breasts do not feel full. This is because the more you nurse him, the supply will increase. The breasts may feel soft maybe due to him feeding more efficiently or more often or your breasts just settling down . What ever the reasons maybe, try to feed him at each feed.

If he appears to be unsettled after breastfeeding and you want to top him up with formula, then offer him about 1 oz . If he is happy after consuming the amount offered and can have a feeding interval of between 2 to 4 hours, then he has sufficient.

If you are offering him a bottle of formula milk without nursing him first, then you may have to offer more than 2 or 3 oz depending on his weight. One way to know is to let baby guide. If he is contend when he finishes the bottle, then he has enough.

At about a month old, you may still need to feed your baby between 2 to 4 hourly. You can check with the nurse or doctor when he goes for his 4 -6 weeks immunisation check if it is alright for him to sleep longer than 4 hours. This will depend on his progress.

I hope the answers above will be of help to you.

All the Best,

Jennifer Hor
United Kingdom trained Nurse and Midwife
Specialty : Early Parenting Skills and Parentcraft Education

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