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Thread: Do I have to wean baby because he has to go to daycare?

  1. #21
    Join Date
    Feb 2008

    Default Re: Do I have to wean baby because he has to go to daycare?

    I live in Canada, where many moms take 12 mos of parental leave and are then putting their 10-18 mos old in day care for the first time. What I see/hear time and time again is what a difficult transition it is for children at that age. Although leaving a small baby in day care is terrible for Mom (I feel for all of you in the US who only get a few weeks leave), it can be easier for a 3 mos old to adjust than a 1 year old. It will definitely take some time - maybe a LONG time - whether your LO is breastfed or not. Weaning him is likely to only add to his stress levels, not make it easier. I am with the PPs, if a DCP suggested that to me, I'd be ending the interview right there.

    Shop around and see what your options are. Some LOs do much better in a home day care, where they get a family-like environment and usually much more TLC and consideration for their personal schedule, and can bond with one caregiver. Others are happier at a centre where they are busy-busy-busy with structured activities all day long.

    Unfortunately it's not always so easy as just 'finding someone' and signing a contract, and it's super stressful for everyone. Once you find the right care, it WILL get better!

  2. #22
    Join Date
    May 2008

    Default Re: Do I have to wean baby because he has to go to daycare?

    Thanks for all supports, mamas here are the best

  3. #23
    Join Date
    Aug 2007

    Default Re: Do I have to wean baby because he has to go to daycare?

    So sorry you are dealing with this Momma. I agree with all PP! As a DC provider myself, I can understand how your provider would feel.

    BUT I am the first to encourage my Mommas to BF. I have only FF babies right now, but I would make any changes to my daily schedule to accommodate a BF Momma.

    I don't think that the cold turkey approach works for all LOs. Sometimes a 1/2 day visit before starting the program works wonders. I do think that sometimes the "stop, drop and go" approach works well once you are committed to leaving your LO for the day. A long goodbye tends to get your LO and yourself upset.

    I would trust yourself and make sure you are not compromising your BF relationship for anyone!!
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    Sophia Olivia (9/26/07)
    34 weekers:
    Samantha Jane (9/24/09)
    Jillian Elizabeth (9/24/09)

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