We have all seen or heard lots of great reasons to breastfeed our children. The MILC Group wanted to provide five more reasons that are a little less "traditional." These are brought to you by Tina whose son just started college in Olympia, Washington.
We are sure you didn't need more reasons to breastfeed but we wanted to let you know that all the effort you mamas are putting in today WILL pay off in the future!
Starting childcare and going back to work may be an emotionally challenging time for parents and baby. Here are some tips that can help families and caregivers make this transition:
1. Parents might consider spending time at the childcare center before they return to work or school in order to let their baby get comfortable with their new surroundings.
2. Parents may also consider returning to work on a graduated schedule, or working shorter weeks at first.
3. Parents might leave something that smells like mother; for example, some parents may leave a T-shirt mom may have slept in.
4. Baby may cluster feed in the evening or wake more often to feed at night; during the first few weeks in childcare, it is normal for breastfed babies to choose to not feed during the day while in childcare.
5. Getting a daily update on baby’s activities to include diapers and feeding can make parents feel more connected with their child’s day.
6. Parents may find that wearing or holding their babies often in the evening helps reestablish the emotional connection.
7. Mothers may plan to breastfeed at the childcare facility when dropping off and picking up to ease the transition.
~Tina & Ginger