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    Default Breastfed baby & daycare

    Please reassure me that my breastfed baby will be ok at daycare when he starts in April

    Im not having any luck getting him to take a bottle or cup & he refuses to drink expressed milk, water or formula (from dh & others not just from me).

    Going to daycare to feed him wont be an option & he will be there all day 3 days per week.

    Im stressing out about how he will cope if im not there to breastfeed him. Im worried about dehydration as well.

    Also what will happen with my supply. I wasnt overly keen to express at work but i guess ill have to. I have an admin job & there are constantly clients coming to the counter or ringing me so it will make things difficult. How many times would i need to express?

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    I was in a similar position, my bub was 10 months old when he started at daycare 3 days per week, and flat out refused to take a bottle or cup of anything. I tried a billion different bottles and eventually got him to take one. It took a lot of time and patience and trying, but I did not feel comfortable with the idea of him going and knowing he wouldn't take any milk from anyone. And yes, I had to express at work, at first twice a day, and then eventually just the once a day.

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    Yes thats how i feel. How did you end up getting your baby to take one? He just doesn't seem to know what to do.

    How do you find time to express at work? And where do you store it? Im not putting it in the lunch fridge

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    I'm certain other mum's will have completely different ideals and tell you it can be done without having to resort to a bottle, but I just didn't feel like I could feel comfortable with him being there unless he would take it, so I worked really hard to get him comfortable with taking one. Also, when I took him on his first day, I remember telling the ladies that I'd finally got him taking a bottle and how happy I was knowing he'd have his milk and I woudln't have to panic, and they said to me thank goodness you did, because they'd recently had a little breastfed baby start who wouldn't take a bottle or any milk and she was very distressed and they couldn't calm her or make her take any milk or food. So I was very grateful then that I did. I'm sure they worked out something for the other little girl though and had her settle eventually, just made those first couple of weeks that bit easier.

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    I expressed on my lunch break 3 days a week for 6 months when ds started daycare. My supply slowed by the third work day so i just kept drinking lots of water, avoided coffee and tried to have a cup or 2 of nursing tea. I bf him on the days i was at home. I took a lunch bag and put the ebm in that then in the work fridge. I told the direct staff who used the fridge to be careful not to knock it over. As for not taking a bottle if he takes one from others he might be ok taking it from the daycare staff. Can you put him in a couple half days to see how he and the staff cope with feeds.

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    Sorry only just saw your reply. I just tried lots of different bottles and teats and holding him in different positions until I eventually got him to take one. I think it would be different for every baby, but the bottle I ended up getting him to take was a latex teat one (not that easy to get a hold of) and he fed better lying NOT in a breastfeeding position, so either in the pram or a bouncer or something so that he didn't think he was getting breast. After a while of doing it this way and him becoming comfortable with it, he ended up happy to take good old avent bottles and be in whatever position, but at first just to get him used to it, that's what I had to resort to.

    I'm lucking enough to work at a fire station, and there are quite a few different rooms where the firies go to sleep or get away from others, so I'd just lock myself in one of them to express, and then I kept the milk inside a little fridge bag inside the lunch fridge. I had the Medela pump in style double pump which is a great one to carry around, it's in a back pack and isn't obvious and does the job quickly. They are expensive though.

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    Thanks!

    Will the ebm be ok in a communal fridge which is constantly getting opened & closed? People have even been known to not close the door properly so im always wary of putting my lunch in there, let alone ebm. I dont know everyone who uses the fridge, its in a communal area

    He wont take a bottle/cup from anyone which is why im so worried about daycare
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    DD is 8 months, she goes to daycare 1 day, MIL looks after her the other day. Here's some stuff we do that might help:
    I express for 10 min at 11am & 3pm. I also work in a busy retail environment , supervising staff so I just sit in the office to express & the staff come to me to check things. It's a pain but I'm hoping to go down to once a day by the time she's 10 months. You might be able to get away with just expressing at lunch time?

    My supply has not changed. Friends of mine have said their bub BF more at night after being at daycare to make up for less milk during the day.

    Try a cup with a straw? DD couldn't tip up a sippy cup, but she will grab her straw cup herself now to have a drink. They say 12 months + on the packaging but she manages fine. She actually drinks so much water at daycare her nappies are heaps wetter than usual (we send MCN to daycare).

    DD will only take a bottle sitting up, not cuddling. Once we figured that out she got used to it pretty quick, but still lunges at my chest when I pick her up lol!

    Honestly I was surprised how quickly she adapted.

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    Ive tried a straw cup, one of the nuby ones, he just plays with it.

    I might be able to express at lunch time but i only get 30 mins so it doesn't give me much time to do that & eat. No idea where i would express either. Cant do it at my desk, its not appropriate in that environment. Im still concerned about where i will store the ebm too

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    Quote Originally Posted by heartstringz View Post
    Thanks!

    Will the ebm be ok in a communal fridge which is constantly getting opened & closed? People have even been known to not close the door properly so im always wary of putting my lunch in there, let alone ebm. I dont know everyone who uses the fridge, its in a communal area

    He wont take a bottle/cup from anyone which is why im so worried about daycare
    The ABA says EBM can be left out in room temperature for 6-8 hours as long as the room is less than 26 degrees, they do recomemmed a fridge be used though if available, so I wouldn't stress too much about people opening and shutting the door. The milk will still be fine.
    Last edited by 3bubbys; 16-02-2015 at 17:33.


 

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