It's working for Bethany G
"After I had my first child, I really did not want to go back to work, but finances made it necessary."
After I had my first child, I really did not want to go back to work, but finances made it necessary. I wanted to stay home and rear my child.
We planned our first child when my husband was out of school.
Childcare was a big concern.
I had heard breastfeeding was the best for your child, so I did it. My mom had breastfed, so I just assumed that I would.
I breastfed for a little while, but it was hard to maintain while working. I pumped for the first couple of weeks after returning to work, but eventually gave it up. My workplace did not provide a location, and I did not have a private office at the time. (This was 17 years ago.) Soon after I returned to work, I quit breast feeding.
I’m married, and my husband made more money than I did, so it was never a question. Also he did not have an innate desire to stay home.
I did not have a back-to-work mentor, but I had supportive friends that I worked with.
My family leave was around 12 weeks. I was very sad when I returned to work, but eventually settled into a routine.