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I went to pick Toby up from daycare this afternoon. They keep a sheet with a record of feedings and changes and stuff, and I always check it when I come in. I saw that they had given him a 5 oz bottle at 3:55 pm. They KNOW I pick him up at 4:15 every day. I've asked them not to feed him after about 3:30 unless he's really desperate, and then just give him a 1 or 2 oz serving to tide hm over. I always nurse him as soon as I pick up.
I know this doesn't sound like a big deal, but that 5 oz that he ate means that I won't have enough breast milk to get through, and I'm going to have to supplement. Since I only get about 3 oz per pumping session, it's like I've skipped a session and a half I work SO hard for that breast milk, and they just blew 5 oz that I could have fed him a mere 15 minute later. I don't bring my pump home with me each night, so I can't even pump here to compensate.
I'm just getting so frustrated with pumping anyway...my supply is dropping lower and lower, and I'm having to supplement with formula more and more...
So I know it's probably not a huge deal that they fed him extra...but every ounce of breast milk means a lot to me!
No it is a big deal, you're right ~ it DOES matter. They need to respect your wishes and you're darn tootin' it effects everything at a biological level here. I don't blame you for not wanting to use your pump when you PAY these people to respect your wishes! ARGH! I'm right beside you being mad!
It is a big deal. I would be upset too, I think of pumped BM as liquid gold. I get very upset when it doesn't go the way you intend. I would talk to the daycare and explain how important it is for them to abide by your rules and why.
Huge thanks to *Kiliki* for the FANTABULOUS new siggy!!
I am a pumping mama too so I feel you pain (((HUGS)))
You are right to be upset! Sadly we live in a mostly FF society and others do not understand how hard a working BF mother has to work at pumping and keeping up with the bottles when we are away.
Talk to your DS childcare center and remind them how important it is that they respect your parenting rules.
Is your DS eating solids??? Could they possibly give him puffs or cheerio's if he gets a little snacky right before you get there? This is what we have started doing with DS and it works great! I also nurse right at pick up.