Re: Help! Start school next week with 4 mo old!
1. Rule of thumb is 1.5 oz per hour of separation, throughout the first year. For a 10 hour absence, you'd be looking at more like 15 oz.
2. keep trying the bottle. Have dad offer it, preferably while you are out of the house- baby will not understand why you don't feed her in her preferred fashion if you are present. Try different bottles, different nipples, and different milk temperatures. If you've been using stored milk, make sure you taste-test the milk before giving it to baby- some moms have lipase issues which can affect milk taste.
3. Have dad wear baby in a sling for naps or take her for long rides in the stroller. And give him space to figure things out- I know that's hard when you are used to being the baby's primary caregiver. But he and baby will find a rhythm.
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"