As Soon As Possible
- 1. Interview potential caregivers.
- 2. Visit several day care centers. Choose what best fits.
When baby is 2 months old or 2-4 Weeks before returning to work (whichever is more)
- 1. Begin pumping and collecting breastmilk for storage.
- 2. Begin to introduce a bottle.
Before Returning to Work
- 1. Try on clothes and make wardrobe adjustments
- 2. List clothes needed.
- 3. Make a plan to return to work on a Weds or Thursday so it will be a short work week. That will allow you to ease in to your work schedule.
One week before
Returning to Work
- 1. Begin offering the bottle at the times you will be away.
- 2. Leave baby with sitter for short time (while you shop for work clothes;
groceries or bank).
- 3. Form emergency plan with spouse (Which parent should childcare call first?Which parent’s job is more flexible – regarding leaving work, if necessary?)
- 4. Find backup childcare in case care giver is sick.
- 1. Pack→ Diaper Bag
→ Nutritious snacks/lots of water bottles for work.
- 2. Plan supper/decide with spouse who’s cooking it.
- 3. Write instructions for childcare. Keep it simple. Use a 4×6 card in a Ziploc.Put it in top of milk cooler.
- 1. Allow 30-60 minutes extra for dressing, feeding babyand packing up two people. (Dad may want to help)
- 2. Take your time at the childcare.
- 3. Nurse the baby again if you/he wants to.
- 1. Allow enough time to leisurely nurse the baby before
you leave home.
- 2. Start supper or defrost in refrigerator.
- 3. Make nursing the last thing you do when you leave baby.
- 4. Instruct childcare not to feed baby that last hour before you pick baby up so
he will nurse.
- 5. Leave your milk in 2 ounce increments so to not waste your milk. Number
them 1,2,3. Instruct them to use them up in order. Use up one before
moving on to the next one.
- 6. Leave milk in a cooler pack/lunchbox with ice packs. Leave a bag of frozen
milk as back up in case he takes more than thawed. Use that bag for
- 7. Instruct childcare to keep the cup or bottle in cooler if he doesn’t finish it soIt can be finished the next time. Finish a bottle before using the next one
- 1. Make nursing the first thing you do when you pick up baby.
- 2. Take home the milk to use for tomorrow. Thawed milk to be used first, thenthe frozen bag. Number bottles with sharpie (it washes off).
Every Evening and Weekends
- 1. Expect baby to miss you and need more contact with you when you are there!This will express itself in wanting to nurse more, be close to you, etc. Often
babies will want to nurse more in the evening and night when mom is away
during the day, This is OK, and is called reverse cycle feeding. It means you
are more to baby than milk, and that he needs that connection with you.
- 2. Baby may have a lower intake during the time you are gone and make up forit when you are there. This is also OK because overall baby’s intake averages
out the same. A bottle is food, but breast is mom and what he misses is you!
- 3. Many moms choose to do sidelying nursing for these nights to accommodatebaby’s needs, more feeds, and more sleep!