It's Working Project

"I felt great about our nanny and confident in my job, but I felt guilty leaving my baby behind."

What is one piece of advice you wish you could offer your former expectant self?

Communicate your needs with family and boss and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

FOR MOMS: If you breastfed, was there a place for you to pump that met your needs and was conducive to your success? If you breastfed, how did you decide to continue? FOR DADS: What, if any, adjustments did you (or your workplace) make to your schedule after having a baby? Was it specific to your manager or larger, whole work culture?

I did not produce enough breast milk to continue, so I switched to formula. I was not happy about this, but had to do what was best for my child’s development.

How much leave did you take, and how comfortable were you taking it?

I took 6 months off with my first, I had a lot of time to bond with my baby and set a schedule. With my second I started back after 12 weeks and felt guilty that I was not spending more quality time with him.

Fill in the blanks: As a working parent, I never expected ____ would be so hard and ____ would be so much easier!

I will always worry about my kids.