It's working for Erin H
"There was not really a question as to who would go back to work immediately. My husband was further in his career, we planned to breastfeed exclusively and I wanted to be home with the babies."
No one knows your needs if you don’t express them.
I had pumped when the twins were newborns to have extra milk, for trips, mom’s night outs, so their dad could do night time feedings, etc. I stopped when they were about 8 or 9 months as I was not working and was always with them. It felt too time consuming to be worthwhile and they could skip a feeding or wait a couple of hours at that point. I had planned to pump again, but did not pump when I went back to work recently because of the girls’ age and need. They didn’t nurse as often as a baby or younger toddler and only missed one feeding 3 days a week.
Finding a position that covered childcare and still provided enough additional income to make it worthwhile. I had also been browsing work-from-home opportunities before my offer arose and it seemed hard to distinguish which companies were reputable or to find meaningful work (transcription seemed to be the best/only option). It seems that if you don’t know someone, have already worked for a company, or want to start your own business, it’s hard to find a good work-from-home situation. After accepting the job, I started within a week, so we scrambled to find childcare and worried about the separation. But I think it’s been great for the girls to get that socialization at daycare as it was winter when I started and I was bad at setting up playdates in general.