I have a 2 1/2 year old and a 9 month old. I've been lucky enough to stay home with them, but now I'm returning to work part time. I'm terrified about daycare!!! My boys have NEVER been with anyone except my mom, and only a few times. I have so many questions and concerns......how to find a great daycare/preschool, my baby is strictly bf, so I will be pumping to continue that but do I request they give him his milk in a bottle or a cup... I don't want to create a problem with a bottle that I will have to break soon since he is almost a year old, plus he does not really ever take a bottle.
I'm sure there are a lot more concerns I'm forgetting, but any one who has been through this PLEASE give me some words of wisdom and comfort to ease my guilt and make this transition as easy as possible on all of us!
Thanks so much for your time!!
Answer by Camilletnt at 9:24 AM on Mar. 6, 2011
As a peer nursing mother councilor, I always suggested to moms that if their child was over 6 months and they had to introduce something - that something should be a cup. Please do practice pumping. I had lots of problems letting down for a pump. Also, your DS may never take expressed milk from you. He'll smell it in your breasts and want it fresh. I know of a LO who never took to drinking expressed milk. The caregiver ended up mixing with cereal and that's how they got it while mom was working. (At 9 months, you've got lots of options.)
Best thing you can do is to take DS to daycare before you start back to work and see how things go, 9 months is when stranger anxiety starts to peak so it might be a bit rougher than at a younger age. This should end around 18 months.
Answer by JSD24 at 9:59 AM on Mar. 6, 2011