It's working for Kimberly G
Hoboken, New Jersey
"When I was off, I emailed my manager and asked for an additional two months leave and they were supportive of that."
Take as much leave as you can (it’s not the same when you go back to work!) and make a plan for when you go back to work. Divvy up responsibilities with your husband, hire a housecleaner, get organized. Freeing up your time to spend time with your children when you are home will make being away from them during the week much more bearable.
I had always wanted to breastfeed. I thought it was healthier and more natural.
I took six months of leave. My company was very generous about the amount of time that I was able to take off and I felt very lucky. I was very emotional about returning to work. I felt devastated, guilty, relieved and overwhelmed.
Maintaining work/life balance (before children I had none), childcare options (was my child going to thrive in daycare?), and missing out on all of the amazing moments with my son.
I was lucky to have someone in the office who had recently returned to work after having a child and could help me navigate the pumping situation and commiserate over the challenges.
That I would never, ever have any time to myself (or for myself) ever again. Being a working mom means that you have at least two full time jobs and are constantly juggling everything. People always talked about it but it is just something you can never really know until you experience it for yourself!