Daycare & Bottle Prep

Bottle Prep for Daycare

In exclusively breast milk fed babies, milk intake increases quickly during the first few weeks of life, then stays about the same between one and six months. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⠀⠀
Current breastfeeding research does not indicate that breastmilk intake changes with baby’s age or weight between one and six months. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⠀⠀
After six months, breastmilk intake will continue at this same level until — sometime after six months, depending in baby’s intake from other foods — baby’s milk intake begins to decrease gradually.⁣⁣⁣⁣⠀⠀
The research tells us that exclusively breastmilk fed babies take in an average of 25 oz (750 mL) per day between the ages of 1 month and 6 months. Different babies take in different amounts of milk; a typical range of milk intakes is 19-30 oz per day (570-900 mL per day).⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⠀⠀
How to figure quantity of bottles⁣⁣⁣⁣⠀
1️⃣ Estimate the number of times baby feeds per day (24 hours)⠀
2️⃣ Then divide 25 oz by the number of feedings
3️⃣ This gives you a “ballpark” figure for the amount of expressed milk per bottle your exclusively breast milk fed baby will need at one feeding ⠀
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⚠️Have a discussion with your daycare provider regarding their breastmilk policy⠀⠀
⚡️Will they discard remaining milk after feeding? ⁣⁣⁣⁣Do you prefer to keep uneaten milk for future use? Such as milk baths, lotions, soap etc⠀
⚡️If baby is still hungry will they ‘top off’ bottle after first bottle is eaten? Consider bringing a one bottle (no nipple) for strictly topping off⠀

⚡️Will they handle your milk?⁣⁣⁣⁣ Must the bottles be prepped or can you provide milk bags for their portioning⠀⠀
⚡️Make sure your daycare provider is aware of how many feedings baby is to have while in their care⠀
⚡️Be sure to explain paced bottle feeding in ensure baby isn’t over fed⠀

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