Saturday, June 30, 2012

Flexing my mama muscles...

Bottom line - It's time for a chat with daycare.

It seems like every week, I'm getting pressured to increase bottle size or bring it more bottles.

I've gone along with it up till now.

I'm tired of it.

I need to get some info together and talk to the daycare providers and director about breast fed babies.

Some facts:
1) breastfed babies maintain the same intake of milk from about 1-6 months with the exception of growth spurts.  After 6 months, breastmilk intake decreases depending on how much solid food they are consuming.
2) breastfed babies eat more quickly from bottles than the breast.  So, the "full" signals don't reach their brains soon enough if they're allowed to gulp down a bottle.
3) breastfed babies should be fed smaller bottles more frequently since the milk is digested more quickly.

I'm going to bring in this sheet from the awesome kellymom site:  How to bottle-feed the breastfed baby.

And insist that Logan be burped after every ounce to make sure that the feeding sessions are taking longer.  I've seen at least how some of the providers are feeding babies and they just let them go at the bottle in one stretch.  One of the providers actually had a kid laying on the floor between her legs letting him hold the bottle and just feed himself.  I don't know if the baby was BF or not, but if so - that's not how a BFbaby should be held for a bottle.    

When Joe's had L at home for full days, he eats about every 2.5 hours.  When I feed him, we're up to every 3 hours.

There are many days when we pick up L and he's been fed every 2 hours.  

Amazingly enough - we see on the weekends that the 2 hour mark of being awake is about when he needs to be put down for a nap.

However, I'm pretty sure that daycare is trying to use the bottles to get him to settle down for the naps instead of trying to help him sleep without the bottle.  

Ugh - I hate being a problem parent.  

1 comment:

  1. You are not the problem parent! It's hard to believe that Logan would be the only breast & bottle fed infant at the daycare, it would seem that this is something that they should come into contact quite often. After all, that's what pumps are for!

    Stick by your guns. It does seem fishy that he's getting fed every 2 hours on the dot. It can be easy to mistake hungry with tired..but again, this is their job. They've had Logan for some time now and should have an idea of his temperment and what his cycle is. Maybe they need to employ other soothing techniques, like the pacifier. That's what my mom uses to put Penny down, I don't need it too often but sometimes it does help when all else fails.

    Thinking good thoughts for you!