It's Working Project

"I have my own office, so I don't have to worry about finding a place to [pump], but I often have a hard time finding time to do it due to meetings."

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

Work together to make sure everything isn’t falling on one person.

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 wanted to exclusively breastfeed, knowing that was what was best for my baby and myself. However, supply issues with my first led to mixed feeding with mostly formula after a few months. My second is 5 months old and is starting to get more and more formula.

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

I was on leave for 4 months both times. I was sad to leave my babies at daycare, but excited about returning to work because I like my job.

What was your biggest challenge going back to work?

For my first child, I was worried about finding a good daycare, and also worried about trying to catch up on what happened while I was gone. For my second child, I didn’t have to worry about daycare because we already had one. However, I was concerned about catching up with work because there were a lot of staffing changes that occurred while I was on leave and I was worried that I would be asked to take on a different role. (However, that did not end up being an issue.)

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

Exactly how difficult it would be to juggle being a mom and working.