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Returning to Work

The thought of returning to work is normally a very anxious time for first-time mothers. A lot of decisions need to be made.


Childcare options

·         Crèche – the upside of a crèche is that baby gets to learn a lot by watching and then imitating the other children, the downside is that children share their germs too.

·         Nanny – a live-in nanny is a luxury and expensive but your child gets to bond with another person. A nanny should go on a training course, not only for health and safety reasons but to be taught about games to play with baby for developmental reasons.

·         Grandmothers  are often willing and capable of lending a helping hand



You will need to decide how you want your baby to be fed whilst you are at work.

·         If you begin working before baby is 6 months old, you will need to plan.

·         Decide if you would like to continue exclusively breastfeeding; if so, you will need to express milk at work.

·         Or if you would like to offer formula for the two daytime feeds and then continue to breastfeed, morning and night.

·         Start introducing a bottle to baby at least 3 weeks before going back to work. It is easier if someone else offers the bottle to baby.

·         Learn how to use a breast pump – electronic ones work the best.


Negotiate work

·         Speak to your employer before going on maternity leave and find out if you can work half-day or flexi hours upon your return.

·         Also negotiate your leave and find out how long you would be able to go on leave for and whether or not your full salary will be paid.

·         Or decide to work from home, more and more moms are choosing this option.


Having to combine the role of principal parent with a full-time career is not easy, but women the world over are doing it with imagination, sheer hard work and a little help from friends and family.