You may have just gotten the hang of being a new mom, and now it’s time for another change; going back to work. Whether you love your job or are returning out of financial necessity, going back to work after maternity leave can cause conflicting emotions.
On one hand, you may be happy about returning to the challenges and rewards of your job. Chatting with your coworkers and getting out of your sweats and spit up stained tops may be appealing after maternity leave. But you love spending time with your baby and don’t want to miss anything. You may also feel guilty about leaving your baby.
Rest assured, what you’re feeling is pretty common. Many new moms are torn when it comes time to return to work. But there are things you can do to make the transition easier for you and your baby.
Consider talking to your supervisor before you return to work. If you’re still breastfeeding, determine a location and schedule for pumping. Working things out ahead of time may reduce misunderstands on the job.
Also, try to let someone else bottle feed your baby before you go back to work. This gives your little one time to adjust to a bottle and will help ease your mind.
If possible, allow time for you and your baby to get used to your childcare arrangements before you go back to work. For instance, start your new childcare about a week before your first day back on the job. Giving both you and your baby time to get used to the change before returning to work will ease first-day jitters.
Once you’re back on the job, check in during the day. A quick phone call may give you peace of mind that everything is going well. A nanny cam may also be an option to get a quick baby fix.
Give yourself a little time to get the hang of everything and don’t be afraid to ask for support. It may take a little while to get a routine down that includes work, parenting and still having time for yourself and your partner. Cut yourself some slack if everything does not go perfectly right off the bat.
Lastly, try to let go of the guilt. Working outside the home does not make you a bad mommy. Remind yourself, you’re doing the best you can for your family. Try to relax, lean on friends, family and your partner and remember you got this!
Written by MaryAnn DePietro @ writerlady34
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