"I hugely advocate for flexibility. "Every situation is different, and everyone responds to a new baby differently. Not everyone wants a long leave -- I sure didn't."
What is one piece of advice you wish you could offer your former expectant self?
Nobody expects you to put work before infant.
What was your primary motivation for deciding to return (or not) to work? How early did you tell your employer?
I had no concerns about going back to work.
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?
Breastfeeding didn’t work so we switched to formula. I pumped a lot for the first two months. A lot.
How much leave did you take, and how comfortable were you taking it?
6 weeks. It was too long! I was desperate to get back to work.
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