I am pregnant with my first child and am also a nonprofit professional. I know that I will need to return to work after my maternity leave is up (3 months) and I am already starting to look for ideas and resources to make the transition back to work.
My goal is to continue to breastfeed as long as possible (maybe a year) and to avoid daycare as much as possible. I'm lucky that my husband's work is seasonal and intermittent, so he will be able to provide some of the childcare. Essentially, I want to provide the next best thing to me staying at home, since the latter is not an economic option.
I am hoping to draw upon this group and it's wealth of knowledge for advice or experiences of working outside the home. And, I guess I should mention, on a nonprofit worker's salary. So a nanny is, of course, not an option : )
The second part of the question, is about people's actual experiences with their employers once they have a child. I'm concerned that I won't be considered as seriously for opportunities and promotions if I cut my hours from 40 to 32/week and advocate for a flexible schedule--that they won't think I'm as dependable or committed any longer.
Again, any thoughts, experiences, comments or advice would be most welcome!