I hear it all the time.
Mom and partner get home from a much-needed date night to find out that grandma gave their 4-month old two 6oz bottles in 4 hours.
Mom picks up her baby from daycare to find out that her 6-month old took three 5oz bottles, plus the backup 5oz bottle in the freezer, in 8 hours. She pumped 12oz at work and thought that would be plenty for the next day. (which it is!)
Mom comes home from getting a haircut to find that her partner gave their 3-month old a 5oz bottle. The baby only ate 3oz, so her partner threw the extra 2oz away.
Who ever said there’s no crying over spilled (or wasted) milk never pumped breastmilk for her baby!
It’s hard work to pump… who has extra time when taking care of a newborn to pop on some plastic milk-extracting contraption and just sit for 15 minutes? Um… no one! So when a caregiver over feeds a baby, or throws away breast milk that could have been used at another time, it can be very frustrating and defeating for a mom. And as that extra freezer stash starts to dwindle because of misuse and over feeding, moms might feel their stress levels spike to an uncomfortable high.
So how can a mom ensure that her baby’s caregiver isn’t overfeeding, or unnecessarily throwing away, that precious liquid gold she spent time to pump out?