Best Advice for return-to-work

Posted by Desiree Ahrens @ahrensdesiree, Jul 25, 2018

Hi moms!

What is your best advice for new moms returning to work? What helped you? What did you wish someone had told you?

Thanks!
Des

Advice – be kind to yourself. As you juggle so much, know that you are doing the best you can!

What helped – support from my supervisor to be a nursing mom, taking the time I needed to go to the lactations rooms a time or two each day.

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Great advice, Treasure! And yes-support is necessary.

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Pack your bag the night before, and have an extra set at work just in case you forget a part.

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Definitely be gentle with yourself – it's a lot to juggle with working + an expanding family + figuring out new routines. It's doable and you'll figure out a routine, I promise!

As for advice, I would recommend:
-If you're pumping, try to set aside specific block times on your calendar (if you have the option to do that). Look ahead of time at the closest 2-3 lactation rooms so you can (relatively) quickly find an alternative if you need to pump but the room you usually use is occupied.
-Also if you're pumping: buy a really great hands-free nursing bra. Lansinoh makes the best one (in my opinion). Even if you're pumping in a lactation room, being hands-free is still really nice (especially if you want to hold a book/magazine and relax!).
-If you are a Rochester employee, fill out the pre-registration forms for Childrens R&R ahead of time for those mornings your little one wakes up sick but you need to go to work. Get the Childrens R&R magnet with the phone number, etc. and put it on your fridge, print out the "what to bring" list off their website, and have a parking plan for driving in (honestly, I would usually just park in the Center Street Ramp and cough up the $12-13/day as it's close to R&R). Childrens R&R is absolutely amazing – a PTO- and life-saver!
-Invest in some good ice packs (especially if you don't have access to a fridge during the day or if you have a long commute) for bringing your pumped milk home.
-It is totally normal to feel like you are going through withdrawal symptoms that first week (especially the first day!) when you go back to work after maternity leave. I remember wanting to blow through red lights and speed through town (neither of which I actually did…but it crossed my mind! :)) after work to get back to my baby! Those beautiful little beings are a bit addictive – in a good way.
-When transitioning to daycare, my kiddos always seemed to need a quick 15-minute "power nap" after they got home in the evening. I think the stimulation of daycare + missing their mom = need for a quick snuggle and nap. While the timing isn't always convenient or easy – especially if you have other kids at home and you're trying to make supper – those 15 minutes are well worth it to just sit and relax together if you can.

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Awesome advice! Thanks for sharing with all of us. Planning ahead, tips of the trade, and giving yourself a break are all so important.

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@paigelmi

Pack your bag the night before, and have an extra set at work just in case you forget a part.

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Yes! I needed to do this even before kids…still good advice!

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