Is this enough?

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Is this enough?

DD has started daycare. She is ten months old.
I b/f her around 6 am. Then right after supper. Once more before bed, then in the night around 3 am.
I send two 2 oz bottles of b/m with her to daycare.
Do you think it is enough? Should I be sending formula or cows milk too?

She eats good, and drinks water. She has been a bit slow on the gaining, but she is very active.

I don't get much from pomping, and don't have much time to do it. I usually get 1 to 2 oz after supper, with DD on one breast and the pump on the other.

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I think that sounds like plenty. You'd be surprised how much they can get in 4-5 sessions per day. My DD was nursing about 2-3 more times per day than your DD around that age but she wasn't eating solids well at all and those extra sessions were pretty quick. She's also never taken more than maybe 4 oz in the entire 7 hours she's at daycare.

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If she's happy and doing well it's enough. My DS is a boob addict but did start slowing on the amount of bottle he would take at daycare just after 10 months to the point he will maybe take 5oz now

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By 10 months, Mady would have at least two 6 oz bottles of breast milk while at daycare (I nursed her right before school and right after school as well, in addition to before bed and occasionally during the night). I think that up until a year, breast milk (or formula) is still their main source of nourishment. Then again, it isn't uncommon for babies to do reverse cycling when they are away from momma during the day, and that might be what your little one is doing, if you notice that your daughter is nursing more frequently and longer when you are together.

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hmmm, are the sessions longer than they were prior to daycare? From what you are saying she only gets 4oz between 6:30am and 6:00pm (guessing at dinnertime) - that isn't much at all, but if she's eating extremely well and nursing for long sessions the other times then she should be okay. Just keep an eye on her wet diapers and her weight

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"tink9702" wrote:

hmmm, are the sessions longer than they were prior to daycare? From what you are saying she only gets 4oz between 6:30am and 6:00pm (guessing at dinnertime) - that isn't much at all, but if she's eating extremely well and nursing for long sessions the other times then she should be okay. Just keep an eye on her wet diapers and her weight

I agree with Mel. Watch diapers in particular. It's fine to eat light during the day - but she'll need to make up for it elsewhere. Are you nursing on demand when not at work and on the weekends (days off)??

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Nursing sessions (4-5) are 30 plus minutes between 6:30 pm and 6 am. Food wise, she eats about 1/2 cup veg/meat/starch for luch. Then 4 snacks like 1/2 cups of fruit, baby cereal bars, plus water. Diapers are not an issue.

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"Louiseab" wrote:

Nursing sessions (4-5) are 30 plus minutes between 6:30 pm and 6 am. Food wise, she eats about 1/2 cup veg/meat/starch for luch. Then 4 snacks like 1/2 cups of fruit, baby cereal bars, plus water. Diapers are not an issue.

I think given what you've said here sounds fine. Especially if she's growing and making wet/poopy diapers consistently.

They do tend to slow their milk needs when they are eating solids too.

I wouldn't do the cow's milk until at least a year though. If you are really worried you could supplement with formula a couple of oz during the day but my personal preference is not to do that either if you can avoid it.

You can also ask your ped.

But frankly, if your ped is happy with her growth and she seems to be hitting her milestones then I think it sounds like she's doing ok.