It's working for Carolune A
Apex, North Carolina
"I strongly felt then and I still strongly feel now that I needed the "work-life" balance to be a better mom and a better worker."
There is no right way or wrong way to take care of your child. Do what works for you. You know what is best for your family.
I tried to breastfeed initially but I was having issues with producing enough milk no matter how hard I tried to pump. I ended up supplementing with formula and then mostly formula after a few months.
I was out 3 weeks before my EDD and then 12 weeks maternity leave. I added 2 more weeks on top of that to bond with my child. Took another 4 weeks intermittent bonding time with my child. All paid. I felt that was sufficient but it could be a longer time off. Perhaps 6 months maternity excluding 6 weeks bonding. All paid, of course 😉
Finding a dependable care giver for our son.
Diaper rash! Babies’ bottoms are very sensitive. After the first incident with our son, I must have changed his diaper every 2 hours. Phone alarms and apps were used to track timing.