Re: Working mom, still bf--is it normal to feel so exhausted
I was going to go to bed and then I saw your post. OMG, it makes me so mad on your behalf! I'm a SAHM so I can't say I've had your experience, but I know that if my baby and I were being treated like you and your baby are, I would be SO FLIPPIN' ANGRY!!!
First of all, 5 oz at a feeding is OVERFEEDING, plain and simple. And 7 oz at a time is gross overfeeding. It sounds like the daycare workers are either used to formula-fed babies (who tend to eat much larger amounts than breastfed ones) or they are using food as a way to get the babies to lie around in a "food coma" instead of having to interact with them and soothe them in ways that don't involve the bottle. You don't say how long you are at work or how many bottles your baby takes during the workday, but it doesn't surprise me that you are exhausted trying to provide what must be massive quantities of milk.
Second, I am incensed at the possibility that the daycare force-fed your child. They probably didn't have to, though- babies may take solids from people who aren't mom better than they take them from mom. When babies see their moms, they often want milk (food AND cuddles, hurray!) rather than cereal from a spoon. Still, you are correct: until 1 year, breastmilk (or formula) alone should be the baby's majority source of nutrition. Solids are for fun with new tastes, textures, and motor skills, and they are to complement breastmilk (or formula) in the baby's diet, not replace it. So if you say you want to start slow, and not follow a VERY outdated convention, then you have every right to expect that your wishes will be followed.
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