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Tough one, and I did just that a few years ago.
My Dh was a stay at home dad, and when DS was 14 months old, we decided he needed to go back to work. (I worked 6am - 3pm at this point)
I can't remember how I proposed the idea, but I suggested to my boss that I work shorter hours, at odd times so that my son could become used to the day care environment - so there was an end in sight.
I worked 9am-11am, then went to pick up my son and went home, then when my dh came home at 3:30pm, I went back to work working from around 4pm to 7 or 8pm. It was very tiring, and I did it for about 6 months before going back to my regular hours. Some days I stayed till 9 or later.
Luckily I could work when there was nobody else around (I'm in the finance dept of a med size company 250+ employees) My boss brought in another person, who did the smaller jobs, filing, basic data entry etc..... so it was almost a job share type thing although the temp worked a full 8 hour day.
I think you should draw up a plan, and make suggestions on how it would or could benifit the company (less sick time because you can maintain brestfeeding etc.....) How you see it working etc..
I hope this helps a little, its a bit more difficult when you're the guys RIGHT HAND MAN........ I hope it works for you.