hints for the daycare provider
Allows mother and baby some quiet time to nurse when she
drops the baby off. When the baby is picked up, take a few
minutes to share information about the babyís day as mom
takes time to nurse the baby before leaving for home.
Many breastfed babies will drink a bottle very quickly and
seem to need more milk. Give the baby rests during feedings
if he is taking milk too fast. A smaller opening in the
bottle nipple may be necessary. Use of a pacifier to satisfy
sucking needs may be appropriate if the mother agrees.
If formula is needed to supplement the motherís milk, it
should be given early in the day. Formula takes twice as
long to digest as human milk, so if it is given too close to
when mom is due back, baby may not want to nurse.
Try not to feed the baby within an hour of momís return, so
that he will want to nurse.
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