SIX TIPS WHEN YOU RETURN TO WORK AFTER MATERNITY LEAVE
Motherhood is a great boon, and an enjoyable experience. No one can deny that. When a woman becomes a mother, she becomes none less than a creator. What happens to the professional life?
Sitting at home and enjoying the motherhood offers a great experience. During the maternity leave, the memories of workplace start fading and work looks like a distant issue. However, all good things come to an end, and so the leave period has to end someday and the transition is really not easy to handle. Getting in the routine of 6 am in the morning along with, pampering the baby all the night is not an easy job.
If you are passionate about your profession and also very sure of your decision of returning back to work, then the first few weeks will be a breeze for you. Meeting your work mates, enjoying the uncountable cups of coffee, gossip over adult topics, and of course, flaunting your new fashion picks, all of it will be quite fun. You are not yet wholly into the work. Slowly the stress of the work place will catch up with you and you will be left wondering, if it is worth working at all, away from your baby. Your heart strings will sing a different tune than your mind.
A week is the most you get by, and that too mainly for the change it provided you. You had a feeling of belonging to a work place, or a community or a group, which you had been missing, all through your maternity leave. You were craving for adult company, and you relished that. However soon the conflict of feeling will catch up with you and you will be left with an urge to be with the baby. The guilt of not spending much time with the kid will hover over you, and you will be left in a dilemma.
Heading back to work with the guilt of leaving the baby under someone else’s care is something that most of the women face. It’s a delicate situation to handle your work and motherhood simultaneously.
First of all you will weigh your options. There are many factors involved. Your bank balance, earning of your spouse, other members in the family will all affect your decision. Whether there is option of working from home, a part time job, will all be deciding factors.
The most important factor would be your own preference. A person who is a thorough professional and loves her work, will simply detest if she foregoes her work and sits at home. She will be unhappy and the situation would become reverse disaster. The better option would be to work around the situation and play smart.
Search for a strong support system. This will help you to maintain a fine balance between the two most important roles. No doubt it would be a tight ropewalk, however a few smart strategies will help you on this journey of motherhood and work.
- Hire a Babysitter
Hiring a babysitter should be a top priority. Think twice about whom you are hiring, your baby needs to stay with the sitter for the whole day. So, better cross check it. Friends and family can contribute in your search for the appropriate candidate. Ask them for reference of babysitters that they had hired during their work period. It is easy to rely on someone who has worked for your friends and family before.
- Work Flexibility
Talk to your employer in advance, you need to know their expectations. Discuss
Flexible work hours, or telecommunicating. In some cases, the employers
May arrange for you to work from home, and if this is possible, then there is nothing better than this. Again the choice is yours. Your temperament may not be in favour of this, so you may have to choose working in office. There are people who gain energy while working among likeminded.
I have seen some of my friends, working successfully from home till the time baby is no more dependent on being fed on breast milk
- Do not Skip Breastfeeding
Do not let the baby suffer because of your work. The child needs to be fed on breast milk for the first few months. So, if you are headed to work place. Feed the baby at least twice before leaving for work. While in the office, use a pumping device once in a day to bottle the milk for feeding. Ask your employer for a private room, where you can use the suction device. Make the baby sitter feed the baby with bottled breast milk, it will help the baby to adapt with bottle feeding.
- Enjoy Mommy Life
Do not let work spoil your mommy life, these are special moments, and important for the mother –child bond, you need to enjoy them thoroughly. Spend time with mothers of your age, you need someone for emotional support. Set a weekend get together with the “mom friends “. Staying in touch with the working moms will play a significant role in coping with your workplace. In addition, you will get to know about some tips and tricks of handling the baby.
- Stick to Work
The transition of motherhood to a workplace is obviously not easy. Some of you might find it difficult to stay at work. But do not hurry with the decision – Stick to your decision. You need to know that the baby is fine at home with the babysitter, and it is just a few hours of work. You will get to spend around 14 hrs a day with your kid. According to the experts, you need to get used to your routine. The new routine may seem hard to adopt, still you need to wait for a few months to adapt to it.
- Play Smart
More than work, concentrate on the plan. Yes, planning is the most relevant factor during this period. Play little tricks with your work, like – call the sitter half an hour before your visit, this way, she will be ready for you. Set proper expectations. Take your hubby`s help, as this will give both of you`ll quality time to spend together. Don`t hesitate to ask for help from your dearest within the family. Keep things ready the night before, this will save you an extra few seconds before you say bye to the baby.