Going Back To Work After Giving Birth
First of all, congratulations are in order! But now, you’ve been at home with your little one for a few weeks, and have just started to feel comfortable with your "new normal". Just like that, it's time to return to work.
As a working, breast feeding mom there is a very real (and sometimes subconscious) stress in returning to work. Emotions might include sadness about leaving your baby, a sense of relief that you can get out of the house and see friends and colleagues, anxiety about who will care for your baby in your absence, and many more. It might be a good idea to take the morning routine you've planned for a test drive. Your routine probably includes feeding, getting dressed and ready for work, meeting a family member or babysitter, making your coffee, having breakfast and more. We recommend going through the entire routine as if you had to be at work a few days beforehand. This 'dry run' is a great way to see what works and what doesn't, make adjustments as needed and feel comfortable with your plan. It also allows you to make sure you have everything you need while making the transition back to work, such as a breast pump (if that is your plan) while at work and knowing where you will pump at work, storage containers for breastmilk and a means to transport it back home, and nursing pads. In addition, you will want to introduce a bottle on a regular basis to your baby before your return to work and have enough breast milk or formula on hand while you are away.
Getting back into the swing of things can be difficult and tiring, so starting back on a Wednesday or Thursday might be a good idea. You'll be closer to a few days off where you can recharge and rest before your first full week back.