10 tips for Going Back to work after baby
Some new mothers will not be able to stay at home with their babies for long. They may have to return to their jobs after three or four months. However, you should try to stay at home for as long as you can. If you can work part-time or from home, nothing like it! Eventually you will have to return to work,.Returning to work after weeks or months of maternity leave can be tough; after all, it's so hard to leave those sweet babies behind! Make the difficult transition a little easier with these tips:
1. Start early:
The last thing you want is uncertainty about who will be watching your baby, so start figuring that out early. Before baby is born is not too soon, especially if you want to use a specific daycare--they might have a waiting list!
2. Choose care carefully:
The transition back to work will be so much easier if you are confident in your choice of who’s taking care of your baby. If it’s a daycare, ask if you can stop by and visit with your baby before you go back, so you can both get comfortable with the space and people.
3. Do some Dry runs:
In the weeks before you return to work, it’s helpful to practice your routine of getting up, getting you and baby ready, and getting out of the house by a certain time. You can use one of those dry runs to make a trip to your daycare, for a visit or to drop off the diapers and other necessities they might have asked you to provide.
4. Start back slowly:
If possible, work just part-time for the first week or two. That transition time will help you and your baby adjust to being apart and also let you sort out any kinks in your schedule and systems.
5. Ask for updates:
The hardest part about going back is sure to be leaving your baby. Ask your daycare to send you texts and pictures of your sweet pea throughout the day. And if you need to call every day to check in, that’s your right as a mommy!
6. Ask a lactation consultant:
If you plan to keep nursing after you go back, a lactation consultant can help with any questions you have about maintaining supply, pumping at work and storing expressed milk.
7. Plan ahead:
Nighttime is your new prep-time. Plan on choosing your clothes, packing your lunch and baby bag, and getting everything organized for the next day before you go to sleep. It will make your mornings so much smoother (and you might even have time for breakfast!).
8. Get baby to take a bottle:
If you've been exclusively breastfeeding, start giving your little one a bottle of expressed milk on occasion, to make sure he’ll take it. If he won’t, step away and have dad or someone else try. Keep offering it regularly until your baby agrees to drink from it.
9. Skip the guilt:
Whether you are choosing to go back, or you have to, absolve yourself now of any mommy guilt. More than 75% moms work outside of the home. Returning to work doesn’t make you a bad parent, so don’t think for a moment that you are.
10. Stock Up:
A few things you might want to pick up before the big day:
A breast pump. If you haven’t picked up a pump yet.
Extra nursing pads. Keep them in your desk at work. Meetings will run over, and people will stop by your desk for unplanned visits. They won’t know that your breasts are about to burst, so be prepared in case you get delayed on pumping.
A framed photo of your baby. Some moms find that it eases being away from their babies to have a picture on their desk. Then again, others find it a little upsetting to be reminded of being away from their babies. Bring one just in case, and if you end up not liking the constant reminder you can always take the photo home.
Healthy snacks. When you get back into the daily grind, it’s easy to forget to eat regular, healthy snacks. But what you don’t want is to be starving and turn to the vending machine out of desperation. That won’t help you feel good about yourself, and it’s not the best fuel for your body if you’re nursing. Get some good snacks to keep in your desk so you’re not tempted by those mini powdered donuts.
Lunch. You think you were low on time for cooking after baby was born? Now you’ll be away from the house all day and your normal lunch prep time will be eaten up by sitting in rush-hour traffic. Bake a couple meals and freeze them before you go back to work so you have a quick lunch option if you need it.
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