|Originally posted by MamaAllNatural
The issue here is not if someone feels or does not feel comfortable leaving their baby with the father. It is simply at what age did you feel comfortable leaving your baby. I was just curious to see how it might be different for more alternative mothers as opposed to more mainstream mothers.
I've been reading this thread, and wasn't sure if I wanted to respond. The way the question was phrased seemed to somehow imply that a 'natural' momma would not leave her child at an early age, like a mainstream momma would. In the post above, that feeling seems to be reiterated .
now, for my reponses: I went back to work full-time when dd was less than 3 months old. (or actually, more than full-time) I started working part-time this summer, when dd was 20 months.
Doesn't mean I was comfortable with it. It was the right thing for my family.
dh has been with her the rest of the time. I think the first time we left her with my family is when she was about a year old. Just didn't feel like we could have a good time doing something away from her. She's getting to 2.5, and has only been with us, or my parents or sisters. She is actually going to spend half the day on wednesday with a friend of mine, who has a daughter the same age - so that's a big milestone for us.
She first started having solids around 7 months. I pumped at work for over a year (sometimes 4 times a day) to make sure she had enough in the freezer when I was at work. She still nurses a lot when I'm home.
anyway, sorry for this long and kind of rambly response. I guess I just felt like maybe I shouldn't reply to this thread.. But I definitely don't consider myself a mainstream momma, even though I "left" her at 12 weeks to go back to work.