We do everything we can to help our little students. Often, that means supporting their families. We do that with initiatives like our Montessori at Home seminars and our many family events.
And now, we’re getting ready to offer high-quality breastfeeding help and advice to our students’ breastfeeding moms.
When Breastfeeding is a Challenge
Breastfeeding can be a wonderful experience, especially when it comes easy. But there are often some bumps along the way. From difficulty getting a proper latch to worrying that you’re not producing enough milk, there are lots of obstacles breastfeeding moms can face during the first weeks.
If you’re a working mother, there’s even more to worry about. The average maternity leave is six weeks, but it takes about that long just to fully establish a milk supply. That’s a lot of pressure to get there before the clock runs out.
And even once the milk supply is where it should be, being a working mom to a breastfed baby is no walk in the park. You’ll need to keep a pumping schedule while at work, store and transport what you pump from work to your home, and all that without the emotional boost that comes from having your baby with you while you do it.
It’s no wonder, then, that 80% of mothers give up breastfeeding within one month of returning to work.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
There are plenty of obstacles, yes, but we’re confident that with the right tools and approach, some of those obstacles can be knocked down, dealt with, or overcome more easily.
That’s why our infant staff is getting training and certification so they can give advanced support to Apple moms.
What We’re Doing to Support Our Moms
Here’s what we’re doing to make sure our infants’ mothers have the help they need.
- Our infant staff have taken part in an informative and inclusive online workshop designed to help parents establish and maintain healthy and consistent feeding habits for their babies.
- The staff is now undergoing more comprehensive breastfeeding support training. This includes instruction based on the best available research and testing to ensure knowledge retention.
- We’re taking steps to officially certify Apple schools as supportive centers for breastfeeding students.
Moms of students enrolled in our preschool program will soon be able to get direct help and take a free breastfeeding course based on research and expert advice.
By working with moms, we hope to give them the tools they need to successfully carry out their breastfeeding plans, no matter their situation.
Support for All Nutritional Approaches
We recognize that not every mom chooses to breastfeed their babies. And we’re here to help them, too.
Our new support program is designed to help moms no matter what their situation, lifestyle, or feeding choices. Our staff will be equipped to help our students’ moms with everything from bottle feeding, weaning, and transitioning their babies to independent eaters.
Every mom deserves to give her baby the nourishment it needs without undue difficulty. By providing assistance during the early weeks and months, we aim to empower Apple mothers to make the decisions they feel are best for their families.