I remember the first day when I left my kid at Kindergarten. I was hiding my tears and after two months I had to go back to work. Going back to work from maternity leave can be little stressful. We are all anxious about how our little ones will do on the care of others. We miss the cuddles and spending every waking moment with our beautiful babies. We all do not want all of this to end!!!!
Return to Work Toward the End of the Week
This was a tip that was shared by a seasoned mom. Going back to your normal Monday through Friday job on a Thursday means only two work days in the first week and makes it seem a little more manageable. This will give you the opportunity to ease into the new adjustment period, then take the weekend to figure out what worked and what didn’t (especially if you’re a pumping mom!).
Prep in Advance
If you’re a breastfeeding mom, you’ll be pumping several times at work and will want to be as efficient as possible. Ask your workplace where your designated pumping area will be (they are required to provide you with one — and NOT a bathroom), and what amenities will be available (will there be a sink? A fridge?). This will help you prepare what to pack for work every day. Pack your bags in advance, and choose your outfits ahead of time so you’re not rushing in the morning. You may not have done this prebaby, but it will help a lot now that every free moment is even more precious. Bonus tip: selecting your outfits for the entire week at the beginning of the work week will significantly cut down on time in the morning. The same goes for your little one! Prep everything your babysitter or daycare will need in advance to make sure the morning goes more smoothly.
Pack Your Bags
I like to have one designated bag for my pumping supplies because everything is in one spot, and it’s easy to grab and go. I prefer Medela products.
Invest in a Wi-Fi Baby Monitor
Not being around your baby 24/7 can be really hard on a new mom. Our hormones are all over the place, we’re most likely still not getting an adequate night’s sleep, and we miss snuggling our kiddos! One way to make things a little easier is to use a WiFi baby monitor, like the Motorola 3.5″ Smart WiFi Video Baby Monitor, so you can peek in on your little one whenever you’re away from home. You can access a live view from the app on a compatible smartphone or tablet. It will give you peace of mind and put a smile on your face during your workday!
Cut Yourself Some Slack
It’s really, really hard to go back to work after maternity leave. It’s OK to be emotional about it, and just know it will take an adjustment period! Cut yourself some slack, and allow yourself extra time for when things don’t go as planned. We are often hard on ourselves as mothers, but just know you’re a supermom even when you don’t feel like one! And when you come in through the door after a long day at work, your little one will be so excited to greet you, which is the best feeling. You got this, mama!