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Thread: Boob-lovin' toddler starting daycare. Need advice.

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    Default Boob-lovin' toddler starting daycare. Need advice.

    Hi all.

    My daughter is 22 months old and starting 3-days/week at daycare soon (8 hours per day). Up to now I've been a stay-at-home mom and she nurses on demand whenever she wants. I really don't know how many times per day but as a guess I'd say 8 times per day at least. (I love letting her nurse as much as she wants!)

    I was hoping not to pump and send breastmilk. Instead just have her go without breastmilk when she's in daycare.

    Any advice on what to expect for me and for her? Or tips on making this all go easier for us both?

    Thanks so much for any tips or experiences you want to share! :-)

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    Default Re: Boob-lovin' toddler starting daycare. Need advice.

    A lot of working moms hang up the pump at around 12 months, and just send cow's milk to daycare. If your baby is nursing at least 3-5 times a day when she's with you (maybe overnight?), you don't even need to offer her cow's milk because she'll be getting her "dairy" needs met by you.
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    Default Re: Boob-lovin' toddler starting daycare. Need advice.

    I agree, at this point I would not add pumping at work to your routine. She should be fine with water while at daycare. My guess is that she will want to do lots of nursing when you reunite at the end of the day! Since she does nurse a lot during the day though, be prepared to pump or hand express when you first go back, in case you get too full.

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    Default Re: Boob-lovin' toddler starting daycare. Need advice.

    I didn't do any cow milk at all. He drank water while away from me and we nursed on demand while together. Don't pump. Your supply will be fine and so will your toddler.

    Way too lazy for formula

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    Default Re: Boob-lovin' toddler starting daycare. Need advice.

    Very helpful. Thanks so much everyone for sharing your experiences.

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    I agree there is no need to pump to give your child pumped milk. But even with a 22 month old some nursing moms may experience some discomfort during a sudden longish separation. So I would suggest practice a little hand expression or get a cheap manual pump just in case you need a little relief at first.

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    Default Re: Boob-lovin' toddler starting daycare. Need advice.

    i know I was worried that my babes would have a tougher time because they were nursing. They did just fine (we did cows milk at daycare). They know they only nurse with Mommy and they don't expect it or ask anyone else for nursing. Just plan on walking in the door, giving hugs and nursing. They really want to reconnect when you get home. We also nurse more at night when I work. I'm guessing to make up for lost time!
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