Most daycares will want you to label your baby’s bottles with his or her name – obviously, you don’t want your milk to go to another baby (or vice versa)! You can do this with a label like Mabel’s Labels (I used them and they are really cute!), or you can just put a piece of tape with your baby’s name on it.
How do I know how much breastmilk to send to daycare?
A rule of thumb is to send 1 bottle for every 2-3 hours you’re away. To determine the amount of milk for each bottle, use this milk calculator for exclusively breastfed babies. If using formula, send the amount of milk equal to what baby drinks with you plus your backup bottle.
Can I pump both breasts in one bottle?
If you pumped both breasts at once and the total amount of milk will fill one bottle no more than two-thirds full, you may combine the contents in one bottle by carefully pouring the milk from one sterile container into the other. Don’t combine milk from different pumping sessions when pumping for a high-risk baby.
Can you store breast milk in bottles with nipples?
Breastmilk can be pumped directly into bottles, and then capped with a screw top lid. Some bottles also use a lid where you can add a nipple and use it to feed the baby directly. Bottles are good for short term storage, when you plan to give the milk after pumping or within 5-7 days in the refrigerator.
How do I prepare my breastfed baby for daycare?
Try different temperatures of the breast milk. Continue to breastfeed directly at the breast whenever you are with your baby. Direct breastfeeding may provide additional health benefits for your baby and will help maintain your milk supply. Practice pumping your breasts at least 2 weeks before starting child care.
How do I pump enough for daycare?
Try cluster pumping, instead of a regular nursing/pumping session. Sit down with your baby and your pump, and nurse and pump every half-hour to hour for several hours. Some moms find it helpful to do a 2-3 day long power pump every couple of weeks to “super charge” their milk supply.
Is it OK to mix left and right breast milk?
Yes, you may mix milk from your left and right breasts. There is no difference between the two. If there is something wrong with one of your breasts then you should consult your doctor. However for the vast majority of women there really is no difference between the milk of your right or left.