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    Default Daycare has no experience with BF

    One of my questions on my interview spree for daycares was "do you have experience with BF babies?" The lady that I think I like said no.

    How do I get her used to it? I have tried to gently tell her that BF babies are fed on-demand and there really isn't a set schedule...as soon as you think there is one, she'll switcheroo on you! Do I need to print out a storage, etc. thing for her, etc.? She remarked on how small DD was and I told her that she is fine and sometimes BF babies are leaner...

    I have read on here that most providers want the bottles pre-made. Should I see if she'll be flexible and let me bring a few frozen packs and just a minimum for the day so we'll cut down on waste? I'm a first time momma, help

    Also, all of the providers asked me about solids. I told them that we do cereal a few times a week just for practice, but that is it...they ALL wanted to know WHY I wasn't feeding her solids yet and when did I intend to start. I just told them to let me worry about that and that she is on the right track developmentally, so we don't worry LOL...she is going to be 5 months in about a week, so I'm not quite sure the rush out there.

    Any help will be appreciated.

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    Default Re: Daycare has no experience with BF

    Does she seem willing to learn & follow your instructions?

    There are lots of resources for caregivers / bottle feeding a bf baby. here are a few:

    http://askdrsears.com/html/2/T027400.asp
    http://askdrsears.com/html/2/T025000.asp
    http://askdrsears.com/html/2/T026900.asp

    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/bottle-feeding.html
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/a...e-feeding.html

    Personally - I'd put things in writing and then make sure to go over everything in detail with her.

    If she gets offended or doesn't seem to want to learn - IMO that's a big red flag.

    As for feeding solids - my usual approach is to say things like "oh - our pediatrician is happy with LO's solids and has said that we should wait until LO shows all signs of readiness".

    I'd be wary of any care provider who is trying to push LO to be on a solids "schedule". When I interview dcp I'm looking for a person who will follow OUR instructions and also be watching things like when the LO is ready and NOT have some sort of "schedule".
    Lynn
    DS1: bf 7/2006 -> 4/2009; multiple food allergies
    DS2: bf 9/2009 -> ???
    ; multiple food allergies
    Breastmilk Donor - http://hmbana.org/index/donatemilk
    Click HERE to learn about baby led solids (BLS) / baby led weaning (BLW)

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    Default Re: Daycare has no experience with BF

    As for bottles - the places I've seen can store frozen EBM but usually won't store EBM bottles in the fridge overnight.

    I made up very small bottles (like 2 to 3 oz each) for DS and had a little "extra" in a Medela storage bottle.

    All bottles were labeled "1"", "2", "3", etc in the order I wanted them to use the bottles (based on which EBM was "oldest" from the time I'd pumped).

    Anything left in bottles at the end of the day couldn't be re-used.

    Anything left in the storage bottle became bottle "1" for the next day.

    I also stuck to small (4 oz) bottles for a long time to prevent dcp from just filling up a big bottle all the way and having EBM be wasted.

    The rule of thumb is that baby needs 1 to 1.5 oz EBM for every hour away from mom.

    So for an 8 hour day - that's 8 to 12 oz EBM.
    Lynn
    DS1: bf 7/2006 -> 4/2009; multiple food allergies
    DS2: bf 9/2009 -> ???
    ; multiple food allergies
    Breastmilk Donor - http://hmbana.org/index/donatemilk
    Click HERE to learn about baby led solids (BLS) / baby led weaning (BLW)

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    Default Re: Daycare has no experience with BF

    Thanks so much for your help. I think I need to order more bottles! I only have a few because whenever we use them I just wash them between feedings and its not a big deal...but I see that I need a diff system for dcp.

    I think she'll follow instructions, etc...she just seemed like she didn't/couldn't fathom how there was a difference between formula/bf babies.

    I'll also keep in mind the answer you gave on solids...I just don't understand why everyone wants to rush it? My SIL gave birth 10 days before me and her LO is eating almost all jar foods and only some formula, and she tells me all the time "that is why Taylor is so small, you aren't starting solids, etc." I don't want to argue long enough to tell her that solids should not be making meals for a 5 mo. old baby, milk should.

    Thanks again

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