I am also stressing about breastfeeding. Crazy to worry now, I know. I really, really want it to work just because I want to give him the best start possible, but if it doesn't that is ok too. However, I am stressed about how to make that work once I go back to work. In the mornings I am usually in my office from 8:15-12:45 (with a break for lunch) then I am tied up in the afternoons seeing patients, so afternoon pumping is pretty much not going to happen except for Fridays, which I am planning on picking him up an hour or two early on Fridays anyway. So, I'm looking at being away from him from 8am-5pm Monday-Friday. How did you get your babies on a schedule?
I am however, VERY happy with our daycare choice. It is the hospital daycare my office is affiliated with and it is just across the street from the parking garage I park in. They are welcoming to nursing mothers and a lot of moms come over at lunch to feed their baby. I am LOVING the location plus the curriculum they offer. They begin sign language immediately and begin Spanish and sight words by 2! They will feed breakfast, lunch, and a snack after nap time. It is a little pricey, but to us, it is so worth it for him to be so close and have such a great learning experience if he has to be away from us.
I dropped in at the daycare last Tuesday at lunch and I was so happy when I left. I didn't see an unhappy child anywhere. I worked childcare while in college and I know what I want to see in a daycare and I really do not think I would be any happier anywhere else.
I do feel guilty already to think about leaving him. We waited so long, and wanted him so badly, that I feel terrible to just drop him off every morning for someone else to take care of him. It makes me sad and I know it will be hard to go back, no matter how good his day care is, but I am happy to know that he already has a place at a good center.