Post # 1
While on leave I built enough stash to continue to breast feed as I went to work. Now, I continue to pump at work and have been freezing so that I can use up my older supply first.
My daughter just got accepted into the childcare, and I think I am nervous how her feedings will go. With her current sitter, my aunt, I have taken enough frozen supply so she just thaws it out before a feeding. I’m not sure how this will go with someone watching more than one child.
How do you take bottles; already thawed and portioned?
Post # 2
How old is your DD? I didn’t return to work until DD was a year old, so at that point she got 1-2 bottles of milk per day, so I just included 2 bottles that I had thawed over night and gave them to the babysitter. If your DD is still quite young and drinking a lot, that might not be an ideal solution…depending on how you freeze your milk (bags vs. bottles).
What type of training does the childcare provider have? My daycare provider is registered so she knew how to properly handle breastmilk, so perhaps that is something to inquire about?
Post # 3
I went back to work when DD was about 6 weeks old. She started going to an in-home sitter’s house at 8 weeks. I thawed out enough milk to make bottles for the following day while I was gone. I didn’t thaw out what I would need in the evening though, because one day she took an abnormally long nap and we skipped a bottle and I ended up having to toss a whole feeding! Since thawed milk must be used within 24 hours, I just thawed & bottled in the correct portion enough for while I was at work. I also was able to store a bag of frozen BM at the sitter’s house to use as a back-up in case a bottle spilled or some other unforseen disaster occurred.
I’m sure the policies vary by location, so check with the day care to see what their standard procedure is so you can make sure you’re following their protocol.
Post # 4
crysxo: we don’t start daycare until august but with my sitter I just leave out the portioned bottles most days. She knows there’s extra in the freezer just in case but has only used it once. At daycare I’ll bring her bottles portioned out already and will leave a little extra freezer stash in the daycare freezer just in case. I just pump at work for the next day.
Post # 5
I have worked in an infant room at a daycare. For BF infants, the parents have both given us thawed or fresh milk and frozen milk. In our room, we worked with the parents to determin how much the infant got at each feeding, and we preped the bottles for feeding. Sometimes we would be given frozen milk, so we just had to add the extra step of thawing it out. In our facility, all milk was named and dated, and bottles were kept in a named bin in the fridge so feedings went pretty easy.
The best thing to do is to talk with your child care providers and address your concerns.
Post # 6
I took in preportioned bottlesd for both my kids and when my frozen supply ran out, I just used what I pumped the next day.