1. Stock up
This is for the breastfeeding working mum. The one thing that I have learnt is that you cannot have enough stock in the freezer. Store as much as possible. Frozen milk lasts up to 6 months. Just put proper labels on your container/storage bags.
2. Get Reliable Childcare.
An already established childcare system works effectively. I hired my nanny during my last month of pregnancy. She was able to observe the baby’s routine and bond with the baby during my maternity leave and by the time I was going back to work, baby, my nanny and I were comfortable.
3. Do a Dry Run.
Spend periods of time away from baby before you go back to work. Start small and build up. It helps with the separation anxiety that both you and baby will suffer when you go back to work.
4. Negotiate flexi-time/part time.
It seems crazy to ask for flexible working hours when you have come from your 3 month(or longer) maternity leave. However, just ask! You might be shocked at how understanding some employers can be. Let’s lean in girls.
5. You are in for a bumpy ride.
As much as you will want to get back to the swing of things immediately, remember that it may not be that easy. Prepare to deal with a roller coaster of emotions and maybe a little struggle with work but always be kind to yourself.