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Friday, January 18, 2008

Babies in the Workplace With Mom

I'd like to point out one of the links in my resource list: Babies in the work place. This is a website dedicated to "Parenting in the Workplace, in Society, and at Home: Integrating Children Into the World." I would have liked to have beeen exposed to the philosophies on this site much earlier in my working/parenting career.

I felt quite accomplished managing to work and pump breastmilk for my two older boys, maintaining an abundance of milk & never resorting to formula. As my second son moved past his first birthday, I got more involved with the breastfeeding community. I envied mothers who never had to give their baby a bottle (there are actually a few of those moms around). I wished so much I could turn the clock back and do the same. I didn't know yet that there are alternatives ways to give a baby expressed milk: syringe, spoon, or cup (not that that really solved the problem). But really the bottom line is, no matter how loving and caring, your babysitter is, there is nothing like keeping a baby at the breast exclusively. A one-on-one sitter who can meet you for all feeds is a compromise. But otherwise for the young baby, feeds provided by someone other than the mother are never in the best interest of the baby.

After time, I left that employment, was pregnant, and my third son, David was born and I did not have to report to work. I could exclusively breastfeed him. My husband and I decided to open our own practice. David stayed with me until he was about 1 1/2. His Dad took him for short times, but not long enough to miss a meal. It is with great pride I can say that David never had a bottle or a pacifier.

I did not find out about the website Babies in the Workplace with Mom until after my need was over. I love the site. Why should we have to choose to leave our babies in daycare vs. stay at home. I like the option of bringing breastfed babies in slings to the workplace. I like patronizing the few businesses that allow this. We need more role models like that. We need to create a society that prioritizes the needs of babies and mothers.

My next post will be about my childcare scenarios over the past 12 years.


Hannah said...

I found the link to Carlas website when I first found your blog, so THANKS :)

I took my daughter to work too. Worked so good for our family.

I think (generally speaking) that employers are getting more family friendly.

Lauren said...

Thank you. I actually considered becoming a freelance riding instructor (used to teach just out of college) I'd put Ruby in a wrap on my back. Then thinking about the liability insurance turned me off of the idea.

"But otherwise for the young baby, feeds provided by someone other than the mother are never in the best interest of the baby."

What are your thoughts on wet nursing? I know a gal here in Florida who wet nursed friend's babies when she babysat for them. More power to her, but I don't think I would ever want Ruby to nurse from somebody else's breast. Besides the risk of my baby catching HIV or Hepatitis, I would be jealous. Don't know that I would wet nurse another baby, either. I would feel like I was "stealing" something from the baby's mother. Plus I can't tell whether or not somebody has an infectious disease just by looking at them.


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