One of my favorite things about my new working mom situation is onsite daycare. While the cost and convenience is obviously spectacular, my favorite part is the ability to go nurse Oliver. As a mom who struggles with the pump, I am so happy I can most days only need to make 1 bottle. My current pattern is to be dropped off a little before opening time and top him off before handing him over. Then when he wakes from his first nap and is hungry, they call me and I walk over and feed him “lunch.” Sometimes he wakes a little before quitting time and I can head over and give him a snack before the ride home. It is a dream come true.
One thing I have noticed in my short time doing this is the thought put into the nursing room. As I am spending a good bit of time in there, I am seeing how it is just a product of years of nursing mothers. It really makes it less of a “chore” and more of a privilege.
However, I know I have a spectacular, if not very unique, situation. I am not putting this out here to gloat but to give some ideas to employers and daycare centers out there. Maybe a company looking to even enhance their pumping area now mandated by the Affordable Care Act. No more pumping in bathrooms! Make your employees feel appreciated. I know I do.
- Variety of seating – Couches, chairs, rocking chairs…it is nice to have a choice. Hell, I have even taken a nap in there. No shame.
- Changing table – Some breastfed babies poop EVERY time they eat. Oliver seems to do this a good bit. I just bring a diaper with me each feeding.
- Scale – For type A moms like me, it is nice to check your baby every once in awhile. It is also nice to see how much they eat. Note: weighing before and after is a more accurate reading of how much your baby is eating than bottle volume. Most babies take more in a bottle from the ease of sucking. Please see Kelly Mom for a great calculator on bottle sizes for breastfed babies.
- Music – They have a boombox tuned to the local classical station. It really is super relaxing. It also helps that most of the times I am nursing, the classroom next door has ocean white noise
- Food delivery – We have an onsite cafeteria that you can have send over sandwiches. I personally haven’t done this because of my gluten free diet but it is an awesome service.
- Books and toys for older siblings – While I don’t use this, I can see if you are wanting to visit with your older baby as well, you need for them to have something while you nurse. I can also see reading after an older nurser is done eating for bonding.
- Boppys – They have a stash of them that seem to be washed each night.
- Nursing stools – This helps with getting a comfortable position on the couches and chairs.
- Bathroom – It is right in the nursing room. No walking out. Other best thing? They put a bouncy seat in there so you have somewhere to put the little one!
- A sink- Washing hands of course but would be great for rinsing out bottles and pumping parts.
- The outlets are close by the seating…pretty logical but could easily be overlooked.
- A fridge for milk storage.
- A water cooler. You always need more water when you are pumping.
- Dark blinds and shades.
- Warmth. Nothing is worse than being cold and trying to pump. OUCH!
- A computer or at least wifi. Pumping doesn’t render us incapable of doing anything else. I pump and keep write on coding. No one ever even knows.
What are some things you wish you had in a pumping space? Does your daycare center have a nursing room? Please share!