It's working for Melissa D
"16 Weeks feels like the absolute minimum that parents should get in terms of time off."
Breast milk vs. formula… it doesn’t matter. Just feed the baby.
As 12 weeks approached, I knew I wasn’t ready to return to work. I was still a mess and trying to get a firm grasp on this whole parenting thing. I asked for another 4 weeks of leave and I was granted it. Now, at 16 weeks, I feel much better about the transition back, although the difficulty now is that I don’t want to be separated from my child for even a nanosecond! She is changing so quickly. One minute she’s not laughing yet, only for us to hear her giggle the next. I love being with her and don’t want to miss a thing!
16 Weeks. I feel conflicted! I am looking forward to reengaging in work and thinking about non-baby related things, but will miss my baby when I’m not with her.
That having my daughter was going to change everything I thought I knew about how I’d feel about returning to work (if that makes any sense). I thought I’d prefer a daycare for my child, but I actually want a nanny now that I know her and see where we are 16 weeks into her life. I thought I’d want to jump back into work right away full time, and I ended up wanting more time off and returning part time. I was putting a lot of pressure on myself to have figured everything out before I had my daughter, but what I should have done instead was set myself up to be able to take advantage of different options.