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My babe has been ebf for over 7 months now.
He began daycare in January at which time I had an entire freezer full of milk to send. Just yesterday I was going through the freezer and was shocked to find that there is enough milk in there to last maybe until the end of this month.
I do pump at work each day so can continue to provide enough for 1 bottle at daycare, but it's only 2-10 oz(depends on the day). So that leads me to my question...
Would it be better for me to let them give him formula or food?
I was thinking formula because it is made just for babies and has a lot of vitimins and minerals. My husband says he'd rather food because of our baby's age-he's also anti-formula for a bunch of reasons. I'm worried that since they only give 1 type of food at a time, the baby will be missing several important nutrients.
If this was your situation, which would you pick for your baby and why?
btw: I still plan to nurse him when able, the formula or food is strictly for daycare. Also I will not use doner milk for reasons that I'd rather not get into in this thread.
You are going to get a slew of different answers depending on who is answering this. If I was in your boat, and chose not to use donor milk, I would say give the baby formula. You can also send one food type to them so that they can give your baby one meal a day. I don't know how long your baby is in daycare so that would depend on you. Your baby is at an age where food would be fine to introduce if you choose to.
Both of my kids were solely breastfed until around ten months. Neither of them were very interested once they hit that magic age for some reason. They were too busy playing, etc. I switched them to formula because I didn't think they were ready for whole milk. My son is still on formula because his tummy can't deal with whole milk yet. I would still be nursing him but, he had other plans.
What I'm saying is formula will not kill your child if you're giving it to him once or twice a day. He will still enjoy your nursing relationship as long as he is willing. He is not a tiny baby that is going to get confused as to what nipple belongs to what and so forth.
Melanie, mama to Kaia, Ewan, and Paige
Paige Clementine born October 23, 2013
why is the breast milk not enough between what you pump and the frozen? i also pumped on my days off and in the morning before work, to get enough milk to cover the gap. I would make my answer depending on how much milk he got that day. if it was only a couple ounces, maybe formula, but if it was 6-8 oz, maybe food.
Just FYI: DS started solids at 5.5 months, but he still needed about 12+ oz of BM a day in addition to purees that we sent to daycare, so milk/solids may not be either/or but both, and you might still need formula if you can't pump the difference. He was away from me for 10.5 hours per day. My pedi said that we could start using yogurt smoothies to substitute for one bottle of milk per day when Des was 9-10 months old. Daycare wouldn't do it though, so I don't know if it would have worked. Here are some that don't need to be refrigerated:
If it were me, I'd send whatever BM I had, a food, and some formula and ask the center to use the BM first, then the food, then the formula. There may be days when he eats all three or just the BM and food.
Me personally, I'd choose formula over food. I usually give my babies small amounts of food at this age so not enough that would fill them up. It doesn't sound like he eats much solid food yet, so you could use formula to fill in the gaps until he transitions to eating more.
Is it possible to add in another pumping session even when you're at home, to keep up?
Andrea, mom to Abigail (6) Annabelle (4) and Alexis (1)