Going Back Soon -- Need BTDT Ideas

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Going Back Soon -- Need BTDT Ideas
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Thu, 07-23-2009 - 10:49am

I go back to work in about a month and have a few things I could use suggestions/ideas on:


First off, how do you ladies transport the bottles back and forth to day care?

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Registered: 09-27-2007
Thu, 07-23-2009 - 12:00pm

Sorry to hear your DCP is anti-BM, that must be very frustrating.

I don't know why you think playtex bottles are going to spill everywhere? What I did for DCP was pump into the liner, put the liner into a playtex nurser bottle, complete with nipple and cap. Transported it into a diaper bag, right-side-up, and never had so much as a drop of milk leak out. What could possibly be easier than having a pre-made bottle ready?

I never made the last bottle less - when she was younger than six mos she had 4oz around 9, 4 oz around 12, and 4 oz around 3, was picked up by DH around 4, saw mommy at 5 and was eager to nurse. 6-12 mos her schedule was more like 4 oz around 10, lunch of cereal mixed with bm at 12, 4 oz at 3, nurse when mommy gets home at 5:30. Now after 12 mos we are doing breakfast at 8, 4oz at 10, lunch with water, 4 oz around 3, not nursing when I get home, having a cup of milk with dinner instead.

Of course if you find your LO is not ready to nurse when you pick him up from DCP you could try making the last bottle less but it depends on your schedule obviously.

I think it is definitely reasonable to put milk from 10am into a 11am cereal. If lunch is to be postponed, you could have DCP put it in the fridge and mix it with cereal later.

My DCP was not resistant to BM and never seemed to overfeed so I never gave her any handouts... sorry I can't help there. Good luck!

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Registered: 05-04-2008
Thu, 07-23-2009 - 2:32pm
Thanks, July!
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Registered: 09-27-2007
Thu, 07-23-2009 - 4:46pm

Wow, that is a seriously strict DCP, lots of rules lol!! I'm sorry you have to deal with that! Maybe you can sew big pockets onto Ryan's clothing to hold the bottles? j/k! I think that is ridiculous. I bring milk, breakfast, lunch, snacks, bibs, washcloths, and a change of clothes daily. what are you doing about solid foods? What if you want to mix fruit or veggies in with the cereal (which I assume you are providing dry in the box)

Maybe you can get a small lunch box or insulated lunch bag for daily hand-off? Surely that is better for everyone than your DH juggling the squirming baby plus three loose bottles!

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Registered: 05-04-2008
Thu, 07-23-2009 - 5:11pm
All food is provided by her, but if Ryan still is dairy intolerant I am going to have my doctor state that he can only have food provided by the parents so she doesn't screw it up.
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Fri, 07-24-2009 - 9:17am
Your DCP definitely sounds difficult to work with! On one hand it might be nice not to worry about what to feed him for lunch every day, but on the other hand, it's difficult to give up control over what he eats, too. I know I would probably be having a cow if I couldn't decide what I wanted Maya to eat on a daily basis! It's not that I'm *that* picky, but there are a lot of things I don't want her to have (mostly excessive sugar and juice) and I try to give her organic foods when I can. Would your DCP accept general guidelines like that or is she more "my way or the highway"?
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