It's working for Jessica A
Cleveland , Ohio
"Moms make the world go round and the more we can do to encourage them to make healthy, well-orchestrated transitions the more our businesses and organizations will prosper."
It gets easier. I can’t stress that enough. The first few months back were the hardest for me and I wish I had understood that it would get better in time.
I did pump for the first year for my son. Pumping worked well for me and kept up my supply for evening and morning feedings at home.
I took 11 weeks but started checking emails and calling in on occasion around 6-7 weeks. For my last week of leave I worked two half days just to get used to being away, practice pumping, etc.
We found a terrific day care near our house for our son. When I went back to work after our twins arrived we had a harder time finding the right match.
The hardest part was how much I missed my son. I had no idea how much I would love being with him and I physically missed him when I first went back. That deep love took me by surprise – it was a phenomenal feeling but made it hard to leave each morning.
I had many friends and women who were supportive of me during my back-to-work transitions and helped with my million questions. I also had a terrific male boss who was very patient and encouraging. That was a really special thing.