For new moms going back to work is often the biggest source for once the baby is born. No matter how long they have off they worry that it is not enough time. They worry that once they do go back to work they will be looked at differently or things will have changed so much they won’t know how to do their job.
To make it a little easier, I decided to share some tips for new moms going back to work to make the transition easier.
- Start a routine before you go back to work. If you will have to get your baby up in the morning to go to daycare, you should start developing this routine at least a week before you go back to work so you and your baby can start getting used to the new routine.
- If you are breastfeeding, prepare before you go back to work. Once you have established breastfeeding, you need to start pumping to build up a supply and introduce a bottle before going back to work. This will help make going back to work easier because then you will know your baby is taking a bottle and eating.
- Speaking of breastfeeding, make a plan to pump at work. You need to know when and where you will pump and make sure your coworkers and boss know. You may have to be flexible at times, but if you make sure those you work with know you have to pump they will work with you on a schedule.
- Take a practice run. Leaving your baby for the first time will be hard. You need to have at least one practice run, and maybe even more, before going back to work. This is important because leaving your baby and knowing you can go back to her at any time will make it easier. If you wait until you go back to work to leave it will be more stressful because you don’t have the choice to go back to your baby.
- Remember that you are doing what is right for your family. It can be hard to get up and go to work every day, especially when your baby was up all night. Just remember that going to work you are helping to provide your baby with the best possible life. It is also good for your baby, and eventually your child, to see you getting up and doing what is right for your family, even when you don’t want to.
- Cherish seeing your little one at the end of the day. Maybe not at first, but one day when you come home from work your little one’s face will light up because they missed you. Cherish spending time with your baby until that day comes, then you will see that your baby does really love you no matter what.
- Remember that you are not being replaced. Your baby knows who you are, no matter who is taking care of them during the day. They know you are their mom and nothing is going to change that.
- Try to get more rest if and when you need it. Often times new moms are going back to work before baby is sleeping through the night, which can make it difficult to get enough rest to feel up to working. Many moms take all the night feedings while they are off work because dad is working and needs his rest. Once you start back to work it is important for you and dad to try to split the night time wakings so you can get enough rest as well.
- If you are not ready to go back yet, see if you can take more time off. Some companies will be more flexible than others, but if you feel like you need more time off, you can ask if you can take additional time off. With this though, you have to make sure you can afford it. You can even see if they would be willing to let you work from home if it is something you can do at home. All you have to do is ask.
- Don’t want to go back, can you afford to stay at home? For some moms, going back to work seems like an impossible solution. For my family that was the case. I don’t live close to family that could babysit every day, and there are no daycares around that are open the hours I would need someone to babysit. Along with the fact that my husband changed jobs and our financial situation changed and the fact that we couldn’t see spending so much money on daycare, we decided it was best for me to stay home. If it is something you can afford to do, you may want to consider it.
Going back to work can be a huge source of stress for new moms, but following these tips can make it a little easier. There is no way to completely eliminate the stress of going back to work, except just doing it, so when the time comes, remember, this too, shall pass.
What did you do to relieve the stress of going back to work? Any other tips you would add for new moms?