There’s lots of information around for mothers who plan to continue breastfeeding when they return to paid work. But there’s less when it comes to bottle feeding. Perhaps because the practicalities seem a whole lot easier. After all, what could be simpler than making up a couple of bottles in advance and keeping them in the fridge until the baby’s hungry?
Childcare is a reality for many families. In-home day care, centre-based care, care provided by family or friends, occasional, part time, long day care or full time care are all variations on a theme. And although the specifics can vary enormously, there are some universal truths when it comes to making the childcare adjustment for parents and their children.
Some mothers battle with the uncertainty of not knowing how much breast milk their baby is actually getting and many wonder whether mixed feeding is necessary. One of the big differences between breastfed and formula fed babies is that it’s clear how much milk volume a bottle fed baby has had. It’s just a simple matter of reading the measurements on the side of the bottle. Working out how much a breastfed baby has had requires a few more observation skills.