*Please ignore the poor grammar, unnecessary commas, and overuse of the word "so" in this -and really, EVERY- post. Also, thank you to those of you who have commented so far. It's really helpful. Nathan is a great nurser (finally) and an avid eater. Like I said, he's averge weight, so I know he's eating enough when he's nursing with me. It's just the question of how much breast milk to send to daycare with him.*
Nathan is at his second day of daycare. Dropping him off yesterday caused my heart to break a little: Not because I was worried about him, or because I didn't realize how fortunate I was to have him home for six months, but because I knew I would miss him.
We were lucky to find a daycare that is on my way to work and less than a mile away from my office. So Nathan is there for about 8 hours and ten minutes. When I picked him up yesterday, he was in an exersaucer, babbling, giggling and smiling. And also, thinking he was a big boy! He was excited to see me, but not too excited. I think he knew that he would be going home to his six toys and no other little kids.
The daycare team - a husband and wife - said that he was great, especially for his first day. He ate, and ate, and ate, and omigosh - TOOK THREE NAPS! Are you sure that was my non-sleeping child? He also enjoyed the other little ones. Nathan's the youngest, but there's another baby (about 10-11 months), and the other four are toddlers. I'm sure he's going to get plenty of attention and learn a lot from the "big kids." I can totally handle this two days a week.
What I am struggling with, is how much food to prepare for Nathan. I've had a hard time pumping, so I don't have much of a supply of breast milk in the freezer. Thus, he is on formula this week. Yesterday, I nursed Nathan about 30 minutes before I dropped him off. I prepared two small bottles (four oz.) and one larger bottle (six oz.) for him with a lot of fruit and cereal for lunch. The daycare provider said that he gulped down those bottles, plus an additional 12 oz! Is breast milk more filling than formula? I looked online and found some "guidelines" and it said that 6-11 month old babies consume between 20-30 oz. of breast milk per day. He had 26 oz. of formula, plus solids, in just over 8 hours. Then he nursed when he got home, had dinner, nursed before bed, nursed again at 4 am.
He's obviously getting the nutrition he needs, as his weight is in the 50th percentile, but now I'm worried that I'm not preparing enough food for him when I'm away. What say you, experienced breastfeeding moms?