Ok. I've been living on this forum since I had my son in August. I went back to work on WEdnesday, and should have expected that it would present challenges. Background, he goes from 645am-4pm daily, and I send 5 3oz bottles. He has only consumed four of the five each day, one approximately every 2-3 hours.
Today when I went to pick him up, I'm given a letter that states that I must send bottles in 4-6oz quantities, and that bottles must be given in these quantities for optimum growth and development. This is a requirement of the food program that they have at the daycare, not a policy of theirs. I have explained that he doesn't need more than 3oz at a time, especially because he typically has one every 2 hours, and that giving him more than that at any one feeding will completely undermine the nursing relationship that i have struggled (and I mean STRUGGLED) to establish, as many of you know. I am able to get a doctor's note to be excused from this requirement, which I have already requested, but because of how IGNORANT everyone seems to be about breastfeeding, I'm afraid that he too will tell me that I need to feed in greater quantities.
I am so pissed right now. I WANT to breastfeed, and believe wholeheartedly that "breast is best", yet when I finally figure out a system and routine that works for us, another wrench is thrown in there. And, excuse me, but it's bull crap. Our society preaches behaviors in which it constantly undermines and I'm sick of it. They make it hard enough having to go back to work when our children are so young, this is just another hurdle that NO MOTHER SHOULD HAVE TO FACE.
OK. I think I'm done. Thank you.