The modern woman won’t let anything get in her way in her quest to achieve success in her career. This includes having a baby. With the right plan and strategies in place, nursing mums can get back to work without too many challenges or issues. It can be as easy as finding the right balance between breastfeeding and working out.
If you’re a nursing mum ready to get back to work, here are some tips that can help you survive and thrive in your return to the corporate world.
01. Make sure you have a trusted and reliable caregiver before returning back to work
When you get back to work, you need to be focused all the time. Your ability to concentrate on your work will be affected if you keep thinking about your baby and whether he or she is being fed and taken care of properly.
It is therefore important that you find a babysitter or daycare with the best childcare providers that you can entrust your baby to. Make sure you interview all the possible providers and do sufficient research regarding each individual and the daycare centre.
Do everything you can get an assurance that once you start working again, your child will still be in loving, caring, and nurturing hands even if you’re away.
02. Discuss your situation with your boss or the HR staff in charge
Before you officially get back to work, explain your need to have frequent pumping sessions in the office to your employer. You will have to request for a private, conducive, and sanitary space (therefore, not the bathroom) for pumping or lactation.
Many countries have laws that support working nursing mums. Make sure you are aware of your rights and that your employer knows and follows them as well.
03. Dress for success (and for pumping)
Going back to work after your maternity leave can both be exciting and nerve-wracking. You will feel a need to get back to your routine as quickly as possible, perform well, and produce great results.
You can start by shopping for post-partum dresses and outfits perfect for office use. Keep in mind that you will be pumping several times a day so make sure you choose dresses and tops that will allow you to do this easily in the office.
04. Stay organized
Lastly, make sure you don’t get overwhelmed in the office with the deluge of work and frequency of pumping by creating and following a good daily schedule.
Stick to your personalized schedule so that you can finish all your work on time and to avoid forgetting to express milk throughout the day.
Even if you’re still nursing your baby, you can still get back to your life as a modern, working woman. All you need is to do some research and planning. Eventually, you will find the perfect balance between your career and being a mum.
Written by: Merril Bainbridge
At 16, Merril Bainbridge began her career in the Australian fashion industry. In her early 20s she launched a successful Pop Music career and reached the top of the US Music Charts. Retiring to start a family, she found a new purpose helping breastfeeding women with her fashion label, Peachymama.