(nak) Just wanted to chime in with support to the OP. I am an academic mama who was halfway through a BA when DS1 was born. We had a major hiccup with childcare when I started back to school when he was 3 months old that left me with no choice but to ask my professors to bring him to class. Fortunately I had two great profs and an amazing T.A. that allowed me to do so. I always sat in the back by the door, nursed him as needed, and took him out of the room the second he made a peep. As he got older, later in the semester, I did wind up taking him out a lot and missing a decent amount of class. Prior to that though he slept through about 85% of it.
I don't know if it would work, but could you ask your professors if you could bring the baby to class? It may be a long shot with the new policy, but if you explained the situation, then maybe. Or offer to do a trial basis.
I agree that the best solution would be to have a helper watch the baby on campus, then you spend time nursing between classes and step out if need be. Either way I would let you professors know what's going on so they understand why you're in and out. You may be surprised, they could be very understanding! I hope so :) Even now in grad school my advisor turned out to be a father of two (whose wife is also an academic in our dept) and is super supportive of me as a student mother.
Good luck, hang in there! You are not alone and you can do this!
The OP has stated that there are 6-8 people in her class expecting babies. ONE baby might not be a huge distraction. 5 absolutely WOULD be a distraction. Even 2 or 3 babies in a class would be too many. The professors will be unable to make an exception for one mother, and not for all of the mothers.
Maybe the other mothers won't ask. I really don't see the harm in asking.
I do. She has other options. She should utilize them. They don't cost extra money, her baby would be with her HUSBAND (who I'm assuming should be trusted with his child?????) or her MOTHER (who I'm assuming isn't toxic???)
I think asking a professor to bring a baby to class should be an absolute LAST resort, and only used when NECESSARY. Husband falls ill and can't take care of the baby? "Professor, it won't happen again but I really need to bring my baby to class today, if she causes a disruption I'll take her out." Another child in the family is sick and husband has to take care of that child? Same thing - as a ONE TIME exception, not as an every single class time exception.
A professor's rules should be respected. This is not an anti-mother rule - its for the class to be productive, which is really hard when there are babies.