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Motherhood is a blessing. It comes with its share of pleasures and aches. Being with your baby at home all day long makes you happy. Work life seems like a blurred memory. But, as soon as you realize that your maternity leave is about to end, you start to worry!
You may have thought through your decision to go back to work a dozen times. However, you still need to be prepared for the avalanche of emotions that will hit you when you actually get down to doing so. You may feel guilty about spending time away from your baby or leaving him/her in someone else’s care.
Such times can be quite difficult, but by keeping certain things in mind, getting back to work won’t be that stressful. In fact, a study led by the New York’s Columbia University School of Social Work clearly proves that returning to work after maternity leave doesn’t result in the baby’s suffering in any way. So, keep your qualms aside.
Here are five tips that will help you transition back to your professional life smoothly after the maternity leave.
1. Prepare Yourself for the New Routine
The more you’re prepared for your new life, the better you will get at managing multiple demands. Here’s what you can follow:
- The transition to becoming a working mother is about organization and being prepared. Start making a daily to-do list in order to get more organized. This can cover tasks related to your home, work and your baby.
- Take extra precautions. Make sure you set your alarm so you wake up extra early during your first week back at work in order to give yourself enough time to work out the kinks (you never know) in your schedule.
- Schedule a meeting with your boss beforehand and discuss your job duties so you’ll know what’s expected of you after your maternity leave.
- If you plan to breastfeed after returning to work, talk to your employer in advance and come up with a pumping schedule that works best for both you and your baby. Ask your boss if he/she could provide you with a clean and private room. Most importantly, after about a couple of weeks, have someone else feed your baby a bottle of breastmilk to help your baby adapt.
2. Try Your Best to Keep It Together
When you go back to work, you may find it difficult to get used to performing your daily tasks. Keep the following in mind:
- There’s no harm in asking for help. If you are not able settle in at work, don’t shy away from accepting help from your co-workers. If this happens at home as well, ask for support from your partner and other family members.
- Consider a daily phone call or text message to your baby’s caregiver to find out how your baby’s doing.
- Make sure to be prepared with backup plans to deal with situations effectively when your baby is sick or the caregiver is unavailable.
3. Stock up on Essentials
Carrying the following along with you to work can be quite beneficial:
- Remember, how you had considered to buy used ultrasound device for listening to your baby’s heartbeat during your pregnancy, and had later rented one. It’s time to keep that device aside and buy a breast pump.
- Carry extra nursing pads.
- Get some healthy and nutritious snacks and keep them at your desk.
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