You’re a few weeks away from the end of your maternity leave, and you have mixed emotions already. The thought of going back to work after a lengthy maternity leave can be exciting and dreadful at the same time. Here are helpful tips that will help your transition easier:
Practice your new routine
The shift from being a full-time mother for a couple of months to being a full time working mommy is challenging. You have to balance your new roles at the house and in the office, and there’s no better way to do it than to practice your new routine. If you have chosen a reliable childcare, start with them a week or two before going back to work so that you can get used to being away from your newborn. Also, adjust your waking time to be in sync with your office hours.
Have enough rest
The biggest drawback of working moms is extreme fatigue. The very act of juggling her time and attention between the demands of her job and the needs of her new baby can lead to exhaustion. As such, every busy career mom out there should get enough rest and sleep to feel refreshed and energized the next day.
If you plan to pursue breastfeeding your baby, you need to stock plenty of frozen breastmilk at least a month before you get back to work. Let your newborn get used to bottle feeding as well since you’ll be away from him most of the time. More so, make an arrangement with your manager about your pumping hours at work so that you can store them for your baby’s milk supply.
Let go of the mama guilt
Be gentle with yourself and let go of any guilt that you feel since you’ll be spending less time with your baby as you get back to work. Remind yourself that you are doing this to ensure his brighter future and to nourish him and your family with your basic needs.