Ages & Stages

7 Tips for Returning to Work After Baby

March 15

It’s hard to return to work, leaving your baby and adding hours on the job to your already busy day. Michelle LaRowe, author of “Working Moms 411”, shares five tips (and I share two of my own) for returning to work after having your baby. 

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1.  If you don’t have quality childcare, you won’t be able to focus on anything else.

Whether you choose a nanny, enroll your child in daycare or have a family member provide care, if you’re not confident your child is safe and being well cared for, you won’t be able to get any work done.

2. A momtourage is a necessity.

Now is the time to find out the people, places and things that can make your life easier. Whether it outsourcing the pet walking or ordering your groceries online, figure out who and what you can count on to give you more time in your day to spend with your family.

3. If you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of anyone else.

Set your alarm to get up 15 minutes before everyone else to have your cup of coffee in peace. If you can’t hit the gym, take a brisk walk during your lunch break. If you aren’t meeting your own needs, you won’t be able to meet the needs of others.

4. You’ll need to adjust your expectations. Sure, you can do it all and have it all if you’re willing to refine what that means.

You’re too tired to prepare a home cooked meal every night. Consider starting an office meal swap. Make double of a meal one night per week, have a coworker do the same things and switch and get two meals for the trouble of one.

5. Guilt is mommyversal.

Don’t let anyone fool you. Whether you are a working mom, stay at home mom or work from home mom, guilt is mommyversal. Just because you feel guilty doesn’t mean you are guilty. If you’ve made the right choice for your family do yourself and your baby a favor: let go of the guilt.

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You can read more of Michelle LaRowe’s tips in her book Working Mom’s 411 including what to expect from your boss (and body), mixing babies with business and other working mom issues.

6.   Try breastfeeding without the guilt.   

My tip is to relax and give yourself breathing room when it comes to breastfeeding.  You may struggle at first, but don’t give up!    I struggled at first and didn’t think we’d make it.  I was able to breastfeed my baby during non-work hours and my lunch breaks until he was 15 months old and supplement with store-brand baby formula while I was at work.  What a surprise and a blessing! If you think you can’t do it, email me or leave a comment.  I’d love to help anyway I can.

If breastfeeding doesn’t work and you’ve tried everything recommended to you, don’t guilt yourself!  It is okay to use formula. I do agree that breastfeeding it the best, but if it’s not working out, your baby will be healthy drinking baby formula.  You are still a great mom!    

7.  Find ways to cut costs without sacrificing your valuable time.

The formula, diapers and wipes will take your paycheck if you don’t find ways to cut costs.  Store brand formula is one way to cut cost without sacrificing nutrition for the baby or time clipping coupons. I spent less on store-brand brand baby formula than I could on name brand even with their high dollar coupons.  

Leave a comment sharing with moms like you: What is your tip? What made your return to work easier?  (Then, grab an entry in the giveaway sponsored by Perrigo Nutritionals.)

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    March 16 at 8:23 am

    When I had my first child I returned to work and I worried about her all the time. Having a few photos to look at when I was missing her helped me a bit. Also I always checked in with the day care provider at lunch for my own piece of mind.

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    March 18 at 7:53 pm

    Taking care of yourself is huge! I felt so stressed when I returned from work and taking a few minutes for myself is key!

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    Alicia Owen
    March 19 at 11:20 am

    Great tips! I especially agree with #1 & 7. We use cloth diapers and I was constantly worried whether Myka was getting changed often enough, amongst other things. We ended up using formula and bought the store brand stuff because 1) It’s WAY cheaper and 2) It actually seemed to settle with our daughter the best, even out of the name brand ones!

    My tip kind of goes along with #1. If something doesn’t feel right about your childcare situation, other than you just missing your child, obviously, do something about it. It will drive you crazy at work if you don’t and you may end up resenting whoever is watching your child and also end up being in a bad mood about it when you are home, which is not good for anyone.

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    March 19 at 1:47 pm

    I have had to go back to work after all 3 and is was a struggle (more so now that #3 is my last) but it makes me cherish my time home with them even more!

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    March 19 at 2:18 pm

    I think outsourcing work that doesn’t further your family or career is essential. If cleaning the house isn’t your “thing” and it’s keeping you from spending time with your family, maybe get a housecleaner once or twice a month. Or if that’s not financially feasible, maybe swap your skills with another mom. Make sure what you’re doing keeps you moving towards your goals!

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    Nikki Strong
    March 20 at 11:03 am

    Putting yourself first is crucial! Everyone will be happier if mom is taken care of.

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    Nikki Strong
    March 21 at 1:17 pm

    A support system is crucial!

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    Nikki Strong
    March 24 at 1:08 pm

    Readjusting your expectations is important because life doesn’t always happen like we expect.

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    Em Ma
    March 24 at 1:46 pm

    Wonderful tips! I definitely started using store brand wipes, lotions, food, etc. and that really help save money. I also went through a tough time going back to work with worrying about my little one and trying to keep up with the breast-feeding. My best tip is to have other mom friends who can support you and offer advice.

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    ashley cossette
    March 24 at 1:54 pm

    my tip goes along with tip number 3! so many mommies forget that they are still important too! your kids and work have many needs and wants, but you do too and you need to take care of yourself too! You can’t be happy wth someone else if you’re not happy with yourself!

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    Nikki Strong
    March 25 at 9:15 am

    Do what you can…. and know it is your best.

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    Julie A Beveridge
    March 25 at 12:40 pm

    Make sure you always plan the day before with packing the diaper bag, adding snacks, bottles and such right before you leave.

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