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Going back to work is a regular part of parenting for most mothers today. So now we'll be focusing on two issues important to working moms: finding quality childcare and how to pump and store breast milk while at work.
Going Back to Work and Breastfeeding
If you're heading back to work and still want to breastfeed, here are some ideas that can help with the transition.
Start storing breast milk at least 2 weeks before returning to work. WIC clients can borrow a breast pump for free; others moms can rent or buy one from Future Generations in Grass Valley, an expense which is now covered by your medical insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
Establish a regular time to pump, such as early morning or right before bed, and pump at that same time every day. You may not get much milk at first but your milk supply will increase along with the demand so keep at it and you should get several ounces at a sitting after a while.
At work, you have a legal right to regular breaks for pumping and to private space other than the bathroom – even if that means using the boss’ office. Try to pump once for every feeding you are missing or a minimum of three times in a full day.
If you are not going to pump while working, do keep breastfeeding when you are with your baby. Even one feeding a day can help maintain some of the many benefits of breastfeeding. And your body can adapt to produce just the
right amount of milk your baby is asking for.
Familydoctor.org has more great advice for moms on breastfeeding and returning to work.
Tips for Finding Quality Childcare
Caring for infants on a day-to-day basis presents special challenges and opportunities to promote children’s learning. Families are looking for centers or home settings where the staff ensure children’s safety and comfort while also fostering their physical, sensory, social, emotional, and intellectual development. Good caregiving results in more and stronger connections in the infant’s brain—connections that last a lifetime. And by connecting with warm, caring adults at the start of life, babies also begin developing the ability to connect with others throughout life.
A Caring Place for Your Infant has great advice from the National Association for the Education of Young Children on what to look for in a daycare program for your baby.
Community Resource: Sierra Nevada Children's Services
Sierra Nevada Children’s Services is a private, community-based non-profit child care resource and referral agency that has served families and the community since 1978. With offices in Grass Valley, Truckee and Loyalton, SCNS can help you:
Choose quality child care
Find quality child care providers
Get a child care referral
Identify financial assistance available to help with the cost of child care
Get no-cost or low-cost information about child development and parenting classes
Link you up with resources to help you be the best parent you can be
Access The Learning Center (TLC), the Lending Library & Playspace
We already offered some on finding quality day care for your baby. Now we're focusing on finding a babysitter to watch your baby in your own home.
Online Resources for Your Babysitter Search
Tips for Choosing a Babysitter
Finding someone you can trust with your baby's safety and well-being can be a real challenge. Here are some tips to smooth the process and find the right person to care for your family when you're away from home.
Interview All Potential Baby Sitters
Ask the baby-sitter’s age. If (s)he is a teen (under 15) and you have very young children, you will want to find an older teen.
Talk about the baby-sitter’s past experience. What activities is (s)he involved in? Why is (s)he interested in baby-sitting? What does (s)he enjoy doing with children?
Has (s)he taken the Red Cross baby-sitter’s course?
Ask for references. Talking to people who have hired this baby-sitter in the past will give you an idea of the babysitter’s reliability and trustworthiness.
Invite the Babysitter to Your House
This will give you an opportunity to observe the sitter interacting with your children and to show the sitter your home.
Discuss your views on discipline and childcare. Make sure that the sitter understands appropriate forms of discipline. Tell anyone who watches your children to NEVER shake a baby or young child.
Discuss the household rules, and tell the babysitter how you expect your child to be treated.
Be sure the babysitter understands your rules on visitors, bed times, snacks, phones, etc.
Leave important telephone numbers with the babysitter (neighbors, nearby relatives, doctor, fire, police and poison control hotline) in case an emergency should arise.
Talk to Your Children about the Babysitter
It is important for your children to be comfortable with the babysitter. Respond to concerns your children may have.
Listen to your children and trust them.
Keep Good Faith with the Babysitter
Do call if you are going to be late.
If your boyfriend/girlfriend, husband or wife has been drinking, do not allow them to drive the sitter home. It could make the sitter uncomfortable and opens the door to liability issues should there be an accident.
Now we offer some tips on hitting the road with your baby, whether in the stroller or in a car. Either way, don't forget to buckle up!
Is Your Car Seat Installed Correctly?
Seven out of ten car seats are not, putting small children at risk of serious injury. Schedule your car seat installation check today with First 5 by calling (530) 274-5361.
Feeling the Call of the Wild?
If the weather is nice, consider taking baby out for an adventure on one of these local stroller-friendly hiking trails.
Empire Mine Trails: off East Empire St or Gold Hill Dr. in Grass Valley
Gracie Ditch Trail: Red Dog Rd. and Banner Lava Cap or Pasquale Rd. in Nevada City
Independence Trail: Hwy 49 about 6 miles north of Hwy 20 turnoff, a ½ mile before the bridge over the South Yuba River
Litton Trail: Sierra College Dr. just east of the college.
aving a new baby brings so many changes - some welcome, some challenging - and you may have experienced as many downs as ups over the past three months! Lots of new moms experience post-baby blues - in fact, postpartum depression is the most common complication of childbirth. Postpartum depression is temporary and treatable with professional help. You can get joy and happiness back into your life. This week we're taking another look at this issue, including a link to our quiz and more online information and local resources.
Is It More Than Post-Baby Blues?
Depression during and after pregnancy is more common than most people realize. About 1 in 8 women experience significant depression following childbirth 1 in 10 experience depression in pregnancy. But there's a difference between the blues and postpartum depression - and it's important to recognize when you might need a little extra help.
The blues usually start a few days after childbirth and go away in about a week or two.
Most new moms experience lots of ups and downs at first. It's natural to feel:
Tired - it's hard work giving birth and caring for a new baby!
Worried - about being a good mother and coping with new responsibilities.
Isolated - you may feel cut off from your friends and interests.
Postpartum depression (PPD) is different. PPD is more serious and lasts longer than the "post-baby blues." Symptoms are different for everyone but you may experience:
Feelings of anger or irritability
Lack of interest in the baby
Difficulty sleeping - even when you're tired Problems with appetite
Crying and sadness
Feelings of guilt, shame or hopelessness
Loss interest, joy or pleasure in things you used to enjoy
Possible thoughts of harming the baby or yourself
If you feel you may be suffering from one or more of these symptoms, know that it is not your fault and you are not to blame.
Start by taking this short quiz: Is It More Than Post-Baby Blues?
Keep track of the number by each answer you select and at the end, add up your score. If your final score is more than 10, you would benefit from postpartum depression counseling or a support group.
Remember, a significant percentage of new moms experience postpartum depression. If you're one of them, it's important to get help so that you can move forward, feel like yourself again and enjoy your new baby!
Resources for Postpartum Depression
Most parents appreciate having someone to talk to as they care for a new baby. A home visitor from Foothills-Truckee Healthy Babies has the time to answer your questions and help you find needed resources. A home visitor can also make a real difference for moms who are struggling with post-baby blues or depression. For more information, click the link above or call (530) 265.9550, Ext 233. Se habla Español (530) 265-9550, Ext. 301.
For Assessments and Referrals
Charlene Weiss-Wenzl, Nevada County Public Health: (530) 265-7265
Nevada County Behavioral Health: (530) 265-1437
Local Support and Counseling Services
Anew Day PPD support group (free): (530) 470-9111
Insights Counseling Group (Auburn): (530) 887-1300
Nevada County Behavioral Health Crisis Line: (530) 265-5811 / Toll free - (888) 801-1437
1800PPDMOMS (24/7, multilingual): (800) 733-6667