Going Back to Work
Posted By: April Picon
With her baby due any day now, April is equal parts excited and nervous.
I’ve read that breastfed babies become very attached to their mothers… I’ve learned about things like “co-sleeping” and “baby-wearing” and I’ve come to realize that breastfeeding mothers, grow very attached to their babies. I was certain that Aiden would sleep in his own crib but he sleeps with me, I have a nice stroller to walk him in but I prefer to wear him close in his carrier, I thought that after three months of being home cleaning poop/pee/baby-spit-up all day that I would be ready to get back to work, but I am not. I am so not ready.
Still, in two weeks I am starting back at the office and I have to come to terms with this. I’m so grateful that my mom will be Aiden’s full time babysitter because I trust her so much, but still, it’s going to be so hard to leave my baby. I know one thing for sure – I do not want to compromise his nutrition and all the progress we have made nursing so I will do everything in my power to make sure he keeps getting my breastmilk. I have started pumping on my downtime and am stocking the freezer so that we have a little “safety net” that first week.
I spoke with my boss about pumping and there is an empty office that I can use so we are all set. I wonder if I should record Aiden’s cries on my Blackberry and look at pictures of him to make sure the milk flows… I’ll do whatever it takes – we aren’t taking any steps back now!
I also plan to nurse every chance I get… in the evenings, early in the mornings, weekends, the overnight feedings. I secretly (well, I guess not so secretly) wish that the overnight feedings never end so that we can keep nursing. I can’t believe that I am even thinking that! But it’s true, I want to keep nursing! Right now, I am working with Aiden to take bottles since he has as of late been rejecting them. I do hope he will come around and take a bottle but I hope he doesn’t forget about me!
Going back to work is going to be challenging but I have to find the strength to be the best working mama I can be…
Do you have any tips for getting ready to go back to work?9:00am on Tuesday August 2