Back To Work After Baby

Many new moms face the difficult decision of returning to work after their baby is born. First thing they should realize is being a good mom has nothing to do with working or staying home. Everyone does what is best for their family and for many that includes working outside the home. Just think of the pluses, like adult conversation and being able to eat slowly and tasting your food.

Here is some great back to work advice from

Going Back to Work…
As a New Mom

by Kim Heyman, LCSW

ack at work, already? If you are like most new mothers, you may experience conflicting feelings about returning to work. It may be difficult to leave your new little one, but you might secretly look forward to uninterrupted lunches and bathroom breaks.

You may also find that you don’t care as much about the work you do, whereas you were deeply committed before you had your baby. This is common in the beginning, but over time your interest will most likely return.

You might worry that your baby will miss you while you are at work or not remember you when you return home after a long day. Rest assured, for the first 6 months, babies don’t know that people or objects exist outside their line of sight. So chances are your baby won’t be distressed when you are somewhere else. However, you can feel secure that your baby knows exactly who you are – she recognized your voice at birth and studied your face for hours on end and she will show her excitement when you come through the door at the end of the day.

Be prepared that your boss and co-workers will probably not be thinking about your baby all day long like you are. They may not ask about your little bundle and might even forget that you are going through a life-changing experience. They will not realize that you’re a different person and will probably expect the same level of work from you as they did before your “vacation.”

Some women forget themselves that they are changed and expect the 200% effort at work that they gave before the baby. Chances are they are still operating at 100% – which is invariably good enough for most bosses and clients.

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2 responses to “Back To Work After Baby

  1. I had my DS 6 months ago and have had a very hard time getting back into it the way I once was. Thanks for posting the article, it was reassuring to know it is “normal”. :). Thanks!

    • It is hard Leanne! Everyone does what they have to do for their family, to provide the best family life. Be comforted in that! I think every Mom…stay at home, work from home, work out of the home has some level of guilt!! Good luck. Thanks for reading.

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