Returning to work after spending several weeks at home can be a big change for you and your baby. You have been there for the entirety of your baby’s life; your sudden absence is sure to be noticed. Some find it easy to make the transition back to work, but others find it tough. Here are some tips that might help.
Prepare to deal with your emotions
Even though you’ll forward to doing something different (and there’s no shame in that), a part of you is sure to feel anxious about leaving your child with someone else for the day. Keep in mind that you aren’t a bad mother for returning to work and there will be plenty of time to be with your little one.
Find proper child care
Don’t wait until the last minute to arrange care for your child while you’re at work. Investigating day cares takes time. Ask your friends, colleagues and doctor for recommendations. Some require a couple weeks’ fees paid in advance, so you’ll need to be prepared to pay. Even if you’ll be leaving the child with a relative, set up times and procedures in advance.
Talk with your employer
Set up any special arrangements you need with your employer several weeks before returning to work. If you need more flexible hours, don’t spring this on your boss the day you return. People will be much more accommodating if you give them some notice.
Create a morning routine
Everything becomes tougher in the morning when you have a little one to get out of the house. Unlike the days of your maternity leave, you can’t take your time. Create a morning routine that will get you out the door on time. Complete any tasks you can the night before.
Don’t make everything about the baby
At your first day back, everyone is going to ask “How’s the baby?” Be polite, but for your own sanity, avoid making every conversation about the baby. Enjoy spending some time outside the house concerning yourself with matters other than your child.
Build a breast milk supply
Even if you plan to pump while working, begin building a supply early and freeze the bags. Your employer is required to make accommodations so you can pump at work, but the transition might be tough. You might pump less than you would like during the first few days, so you’ll want a supply handy to compensate.
Divide up the household chores
While you were home with the baby, you likely took care of a lot of the day-to-day chores that every family needs handled. Make sure everyone in your household understands that you won’t be able to handle those tasks like before. Split up the jobs accordingly.
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