Daycare and infant feeding

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Daycare and infant feeding
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Tue, 01-26-2010 - 10:22am

Hi! It's been pointed out to me that this board is debating infant feeding, while the Breastmilk vs. Formula board has been debating daycares. I thought I would bring that topic here for discussion.


The questions being asked are this:


Do either BF or FF babies require more overall care at daycare?


Do either BF or FF babies require more one-on-one time at daycare?


Should there be a different fee for daycare for either BF or FF babies?


And another question that's been asked in other threads but I thought

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Tue, 01-26-2010 - 10:03pm

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The one time that I was breastfeeding and using daycare (in-home) I did send the breastmilk frozen in appropriate freezer bags.

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Tue, 01-26-2010 - 11:20pm

Do either BF or FF babies require more overall care at daycare?
No, why would they? I suppose maybe the poop of formula fed babies might stink more, but that's not a workload issue.

Do either BF or FF babies require more one-on-one time at daycare?
Again - no, why would they? I've never heard of the contents of a bottle determining the neediness of the infant drinking it.

Should there be a different fee for daycare for either BF or FF babies?
Absolutely not.

Should breastmilk in a bottle be handled differently than formula in a bottle?
Wash your hands, label bottles clearly, don't leave milk/formula out too long, heat properly (no microwaves), etc - seems the same handling is required of both.















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Tue, 01-26-2010 - 11:45pm

http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/milkstorage.html

Breastmilk can be thawed/warmed in warm/hot water from the sink. It can be thawed in the fridge over night and then warmed up for use. If the child doesn't drink all of it, it can be put back in the fridge for the next feeding.

I've given babies bottles of formula and bottles of breastmilk. One isn't any more difficult or require more caution than the other. Washing hand should be a no brainer and automatic. I wash hands several times as I prepare dinner for my own family.

Chris

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Wed, 01-27-2010 - 3:29am
That surprises me. I remember reading and being told never to recycle a bottle the kid hadn't finished. The explanation being that the bacteria from the mouth will reproduce rapidly in the milk. It was one of the reasons I gave up on pumping. After spending an hour and a lot of pain on pumping half a bottle of milk, it was horrible to have to throw it out because the kid took two sips and refused the rest.

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Registered: 07-08-2001
Wed, 01-27-2010 - 10:33am

Sure, I don't think it's against TOS to talk about what others are saying. The debate on BF/FF was actually brought from another board, so some of it is 3rd-hand info (and I haven't read ahead so if someone else already shared this, I apologize!).


What was mentioned is that some providers evidently think that breastfed babies require more care, that they have more blowout diapers, that they require feeding more often, their frozen milk takes up a lot of freezer space, thawing frozen milk takes more time than preparing a bottle of formula, and that their parents need to have the rules & expectations of the care provider explained to them either longer or more thoroughly--I am not clear about that last point. It doesn't make sense to me at all, no matter how I might word it!


The last question I asked here, about storage, was from an old debate, where someone brought up that breastmilk is a bodily fluid and should be stored in a completely separate area in the refrigerator and labeled as if it were a biohazard. It's not my experience at all for a daycare provider to be expected to handle breastmilk itself; as with formula, parents are asked to bring already-prepared bottles that only need to be warmed. I'm sure some providers are different.


I should point out that on the BF/FF board, everyone is basically in agreement that the difference is in individual babies and not what they are fed. It got boring pretty quickly, lol, so I thought I'd bring it here and see if it would take on new life.


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Registered: 01-05-2000
Wed, 01-27-2010 - 10:34am

That was probably in reference to formula bottles. The problem, as I see it, is that most people have lost a lot of knowledge about breastfeeding (among other practices) and now are taking the "rules" about formula feeding and applying them to the breast, including storage, handling, and growth charts to name a few. The two really can't be interchanged. Other than both being feeding systems to feed babies, they have little or nothing in common.

Chris

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Wed, 01-27-2010 - 10:38am
What is the difference? Surely bacteria grow rapidly in both.

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Registered: 01-05-2000
Wed, 01-27-2010 - 11:03am

Breastmilk has antibody and infection properties that formula doesn't. That's why it can be reused within reason--like for a second feeding. http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/reusing-expressedmilk.html

Chris

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Wed, 01-27-2010 - 11:08am
Again, I find that hard to fathom, quite honestly.

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Wed, 01-27-2010 - 11:27am

It is illegal for a DC provider to ask a parent to take a HIV test. You can not force a parent to take an HIV test over a bottle of BM. The CDC made a suggestion. They did not go into the legalities of it. Which I asssure you I am well aware of having done this for 13 years. You can suggest the parent take a HIV test. You can not demand they do. Big difference.


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