It Gets Easier
There are many things you can plan and prepare yourself and your baby for the transition back to work. Just take one step at a time, be flexible, and know that it will get easier!
Try to find a child care provider that supports breastfeeding and is close to your work. Texas Child Care Licensing Minimum Standards for Child Care Centers says that a comfortable place for breastfeeding and supportive policies must be provided in Texas child care centers. When you are looking for a child care provider, be sure to ask what policies they have in place to support breastfeeding mothers. Also, ask if they are a Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite that supports their employees in breastfeeding.
Visit your child care center a few times before baby’s first day there. Touch toys and items in the center. When you do that, your milk will build up immunities to germs in the child care center to protect your baby.
Make a backup plan. Be sure that you know what to do if your baby is sick or your baby’s caregiver is not available on a day you have to work.
Learn more about the role of child care providers
Learn more about how your child care facility can support your breastfeeding goals.