You carried your baby for nine months, anticipated the little one’s arrival, and you’ve been celebrating and bonding since the day you two left the hospital. But now, the dreaded day has come when you have to leave your bundle of joy and return to the office. One of the most difficult transitions for working women is leaving their newborn at home to get back to work.
Well, the staff at Madame Noire has you covered, with their step-by-step guide on making the transition from full-time new mommy to working parent that much easier. Check it out:
Pump breast milk prior to leaving work: Invest in a breast pump if your baby is on a standard routine of drinking milk during the day. He or she will be craving it whether you’re present or not, so it’s important to get in the habit of pumping and refrigerating the milk at least a week in advance, and up to two to three times a day. Stock up on some extra pumps at a local drugstore or supermarket, and refill the bottles before returning to work. Always have an emergency supply for whenever your baby needs it on the go.
Scour the ads for a childcare provider or babysitter: A mother’s instinct is to ensure her child is given the best care, and safety in a loving environment. So if you or your partner is unable to stay home during the day, you can narrow your search to the childcare industry or trained babysitters who specialize in newborns. In addition, it’s essential to have potential childcare providers thoroughly inspected for any criminal offenses or wrongdoings in years past. Once you’ve found the right person for the job, fill them in with the schedule of when your child needs to be fed, soothed and changed. Another alternative is picking a suitable daycare close enough to your job in case of an emergency.
Ask your boss for a flexible schedule or to work from home: You can’t focus on work when you’re constantly thinking about and longing to be with your baby. Maybe it’s best to meet with your boss to discuss a more time efficient schedule for you. Don’t be afraid to explain to him or her how you can meet the demands of your job as it coincides with your parental duties. Some bosses request that you take some more time off, or work from home if the job requires. There is a way to work around being a full-time working mother.