The other day I was having an official chat with my boss and something she said warmed my heart.
Recently a number of our pregnant women in the office just delivered their babies. Four months of maternity leave wrapped up quickly and before you could say “Jack Robinson” they resumed work. A few of these mothers brought their babies to the office with a maid carrying the baby outside in the car, in the parking lot while mummy worked. The mother will dash out every now and then to breastfeed and get back to attending to official matters.
It was mostly a case of wanting to do exclusive Breastfeeding and to achieve this meant they had to bring their babies since there was no baby Creche anywhere close to the office.
During our chat, this my boss looked out the window and saw a mother rushing to breastfeed her baby in the parking lot and she shared a thought she had been brooding over. She was on a hunt for a container that will be furnished and turned into a baby Creche for our nursing mothers. I felt it was really thoughtful of her. She planned on getting sponsors for this project to make this dream come through as the organization will likely not provide such a service.
My Question …
What is your take on companies/organizations providing baby Creche for nursing mothers?
Some people will say it is not cost effective as these mothers are already being paid.. Hmmmn what do you think?
Please share your thoughts.
Baby Creche: A nursery where babies and young children are taken care of while their mum’s work.
Adebisi Adetunji (C)