Amy

Nursing at Daycare

I am new to daycare. Today my schedule was funky and timing was such that baby needed to nurse at drop-off. His care provider said I couldn't nurse in the room and took me to a separate office space. Anyone know of state policy that would enable or prohibit breastfeeding in a daycare room. This felt bizzare as it seemed natural to breastfeed a baby at daycare.

  • Julie
    Jun 12

    I think it’s just more about the disruption to the class. Depending on what kind of center you go to and the age of the kids in the room, my daughter goes to a center that actually is an accredited school and the kids (even babies) have lesson plans. The center has a nursing room where I can take her to nurse if I want but I wouldn’t want to nurse in the room and throw the teachers and children’s routine off.

  • Andrea
    Jun 12

    Totally agree with Julie. Our daycare has very specific routine throughout the day and the children thrive off of it. Having a parent around for that extra time would throw off all of the babies in the room.

  • Audrey
    Jun 12

    I forget the Virginia laws but I know the state of Maryland says you legally can breastfeed anywhere you are allowed to be. I breastfed my son in his classroom in Virginia when he was about that age. Daycares everywhere typically are, silently, against breastfeeding because it’s easier for the teachers to just give a child a bottle at a specific time. This is why I ended up leaving my job and staying home with my kids. You are paying for your child to attend the daycare and milk is life!

  • Julie
    Jun 12

    @Audrey, FWIW that hasn’t been my experience at all. My daycare is Pro breastfeeding...their nursing room is extremely cozy. I don’t do it anymore because my baby wouldn’t want me to disrupt her day with frequent visits to breastfeed and I want her to have an enjoyable experience at daycare. But when she was small and I first started taking her they were more than willing to accommodate.

  • Anna
    Jun 12

    My son’s daycare is absolutely not against breastfeeding, and for the infant room, they encourage breastfeeding if the mom and baby need to do so, and I’ve heard the same about many other daycares. I think the previous commenters talking about daycare schedules are probably correct.

  • Amy
    Jun 12

    I'd like to add that when I went to pick up today, a dad was bottle feeding his baby in the room. Confused and feeling a bit upset about the experience.

  • Teresa
    Jun 13

    There should be something regarding this issue in your child care policy and procedure manual or check with the state licensing agency. If your unable to find anything with those resources, I would suggest bring it up to the classroom teacher or director about your concerns. I assume that you provide expressed milk in bottles during the day and this is first time you needed to feed the baby before you left. I worked in a child care center in Texas and we had multiple breastfeeding mothers. A few of the mothers worked closed by that they would stop in for every feeding during the day and no biggie for them to be hanging out in the classroom. Or they lived far from the day care and would top off the baby before they left. Wish you luck on your breastfeeding journey!

  • Julie
    Saturday

    Hi Amy, I think you should discuss with the director. Having bad feelings about your daycare and the place you leave your child every day is a terrible thing. Ask them why they let parents bottle feed in the room and not nurse. Maybe they have what they think is legitimate reason for it, who knows.