So you’ve just gotten used to spending every day with your new bundle of joy when you realized it was time to go back to work. For some moms, even though they look forward to getting back into a routine and wearing something other than sweatpants every day, it’s not easy to leave your baby after giving birth.
Fear not, however. It’s entirely possible to make a smooth transition back to your working life, and still maintain a balance between family and your job. Take a look at some of the best tips for going back to work again after giving birth.
Arrange Quality Childcare
If you aren’t one of the lucky ones who have a family member or friend to watch your baby for you while you work, then you’ll probably be needing a nanny or daycare.
One of the best ways to reduce your anxiety about leaving your baby all day is to ensure that you leave them in good hands. Knowing that they’re safe and well looked after will help you stay focused on your job rather than distracted and worried.
Try to ask for referrals amongst friends and family members. You’ll usually find a few recommendations which will eventually lead to finding a great fit!
Plan Your Pumping
If you are breastfeeding, it can be complicated to fit in your pumping schedule with your workday. Therefore, start planning ahead before you go back to work.
Start pumping on a routine and getting your baby used to drinking from a bottle as well as the breast. That way you won’t have to worry about your baby going hungry while you’re at work because they refuse to take a bottle.
Go Back Part-Time Initially If Possible
If you feel comfortable asking, you may want to see if your boss accepts you only going back part-time in the beginning. You’ll be able to adjust at a more comfortable pace. Your baby will also benefit from a gradual process rather than an abrupt one.
The worst thing that your boss can say is no, so it’s worth asking!
Try To Relax
Your first few days back at work can be incredibly stressful. Making the transition back to the way to life was before you were a parent can be awkward at first. However, try to remember that the way you’re feeling is incredibly normal and that feelings of anxiousness are perfectly normal during the beginning stages of getting back to your job.
Try to practice breathing exercises, or do whatever it takes to remain in a calm state of mind. Be patient with the process and remember that you are still a great mom and you’re working to earn a living for the good of your family.