I work full time and have fed exclusively breast milk (plus solids) for my son's first year. He turned one last month and is transitioning to the toddler room at day care.
I have great respect and affection for the center, but they say they can't allow my son to drink cold breast milk out of a sippy cup (that I provide) at lunch around other kids because the other kids might grab his cup. All the other kids are given sippy cups of cold cow's milk. Bottles are not allowed in the toddler room.
I am not sure but I think the reason for this caution around breast milk is that it is a bodily fluid and must be handled as such. Infants are held and fed one-on-one from warmed bottles under a year of age. The student-teacher ratio is higher in the toddler room and they can't provide that kind of one-on-one attention when feeding.
This set-up means my son doesn't get the milk in the context he does best with it and just plays with the cup and spills milk everywhere or just falls asleep without being offered any breast milk. How can I approach this issue with the day care? Apparently they've never encountered a parent wishing to have them feed breast milk over one year of age. I want my son to drink breast milk at day care but ever since he started spending time in the toddler room, he hasnt been getting ANY.
Thanks for any advice you might have!