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Thread: Bottle feeding by daycare while at work - how much?

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    Default Bottle feeding by daycare while at work - how much?

    Hi Ladies,

    I have gotten GREAT advice from this board, so I thought I would come here once again for my question.

    My daughter goes to daycare during the week, she is 5 months old. I went back to work 2 weeks ago so we are starting to get the hang of it! I pump 3 times when I am at work, and while my output varied the first week, now we are settling onto about 12-13.5 oz per day (8 AM to 5 PM).

    Here is our schedule:

    I nurse my daughter once during the night, once in the AM (around 6-6:30). Then I pump around 9:30, 12:30 and 3:30, with a 1/2 hour leeway, depending on meetings that I may have. Then I nurse again around 6-6:30 and then for the last time around 9 PM until she wakes up in the middle of the night.

    My question is the following:

    The daycare staff is saying that she could take another 1-2 oz (on top of the 12 I am sending, I send three 4 oz bottles, and she is there from around 7:30 to 5). She gets all 3 bottles plus oatmeal/fruit combo once during the day. My Mother-in-law watches her 2 days a week and said the same thing. . .but I can't rely on her because she completely overfed my husband when he was a baby (saw some pictures!)

    I am thinking that 12 oz plus the oatmeal is definitely enough for her during the day. She is away from me for 9-9.5 hours during the day.

    I dont' mind supplementing with 1-2 oz if necessary but I just don't know they are overfeeding her. She is in the 50th percentile for height and weight, so average size for her age.

    Thoughts? Thanks!!!

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    Default Re: Bottle feeding by daycare while at work - how much?

    Daycares are notorious overfeeders. They take any fussy cue as a hungry cue. 12 oz has always been fine for my boys AND is alined with the 1-1.5 oz per hour gone rule of thumb. The only suggestion I have other than reviewing with them how to bottle feed a BF baby is to make 4 3oz bottles, she'd get the same total amount but they may FEEL like they feed her more often.
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    Default Re: Bottle feeding by daycare while at work - how much?

    Thanks Jenna.

    And just to clarify, I know that the recommendation is no solids before 6 months. I just felt that my daughter was ready and she really does enjoy the experience of eating. I give an extremely small amount (like a teaspoon) and only once a day. I will continue like this until about 6 mo when I will give a little bit more. I understand that most of their nutrition should come from breastmilk.

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    Default Re: Bottle feeding by daycare while at work - how much?

    Ok good! Remember also that BM changes composition so as baby ages your milk changes to provide what they need at that time. A DCP will often be used to increasing formula as baby ages because that is the way to get more calories in a FF baby.
    Mommy to Maxwell 10-9-07 weaned with love (a party and a remote control monster truck) on his 4th birthday
    My Boy 3-16-10
    And my sweet pea Sam 2-12-11

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    Default Re: Bottle feeding by daycare while at work - how much?

    Have you given this to your mom or daycare? Lots of good tips for limiting overfeeding and risk of nipple confusion: Bottle feeding the breastfed baby: http://www.llli.org/docs/00000000000...astfedbaby.pdf

    Kellymom has a milk calculator to figure roughly what baby will need during separations. I think it is very helpful, but just FYI it is based on a 25 oz intake per day average, and other sources suggest babies can need between 25-35 oz per day after a month old, depending on the baby. http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/pumping/milkcalc/

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