Re: HELP: How many ounces per bottle while at daycare?
You are correct about bottle size. Breastfed babies should not be expected to conform to the formula norm. Formula-fed babies do take 6-8 oz bottles, and to feed relatively infrequently, but breastfed ones tend to take 2-5 oz bottles and to feed relatively frequently.
It sounds like you are sending 15 oz per day, which is just right for a 10 hour workday- though baby may not always want that much and may sometimes want more, particularly during growth spurts. You might want to try sending the same amount of milk but splitting it up into smaller portions, perhaps a mix of 1, 2, and 3 oz bottles. That way the caregivers will be less likely to dump the remains of a large bottle, and if the baby finishes a bottle and is still hungry, they will need to pause the feeding to reach for another bottle. Pausing the feeding will give the baby a chance to decide whether or not she's really still hungry, which she may not be.
6 month-old babies are fussy for a lot of reasons. Like teething. Or illness. Or just being 6 months old. It's important that the baby's daycare caregivers use a varied different ways to cope with fussing, like carrying the baby in a sling, giving her a pacifier, giving her toys and teethers, rocking her- and not simply try to defeat the fussing by feeding the baby until she passes out. When you're faced with a fussy baby, nursing is hands-down the best way to cope, even if baby is fussing and pulling off and acting like a loon. I'd also suggest taking her in to the pediatrician if the fussing continues- it's possible that there's a stealth ear infection or something like that going on.
Until 12 months, breastmilk or formula alone are all a baby needs for nutrition, and they provide superior nutrition to solids. So at this point, you want to prioritize baby's intake of your milk, and to think of solids as something you do for fun with new tastes, textures, and motor skills. Cereal is fortified with vitamins and minerals but aside from that it's just pure starch and not really the healthiest food you can feed a baby. If this were my baby, I'd skip the cereal altogether, and offer her something more interesting, like fruits, veggies, or meats. You might want to read up on a feeding approach called "Baby-led Solids"- there are lots of threads about it here- and skip the purees and spoons altogether, and just let your baby have fun feeding herself. It's messier than the spoon-feeding approach, but a lot more fun for the baby- and fun new activities are great when your baby is fussy!
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