How well have you recovered?
Just as it took your body almost nine months to prepare for giving birth, it will need time to recover post-delivery. The first few months should be a time of rest and recovery while you bond with your baby.
Ideally 12 weeks after your child birth should give you enough time to recover. In case that is not possible aim at least for 6 weeks of recovery time. How fast your body recovers also depends on whether you had a C-section or a normal delivery.
Other issues in returning to work after delivery include:
- Who will take care of my baby?
- How will I breastfeed my baby ?
- Will I be able to work after being up frequently at night feeding the baby?
- Won’t I miss the bonding time with my baby while I’m away at work?
There is no ideal length of time after which you can return to work after you child is born. It depends on your body, your mind and the support system available to take care of your baby.
Breastfeeding and work: Can these go together?
Your baby should be exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months of life. If you have to get back to work before your baby is 6 months old, consider the following:
- Do you have a daycare facility at your workplace or close by?
- Can you work from home?
- Does your work allow flexible timings?
- Is there facility to pump and store breast milk while you are away at work?
Consideration of all these issues, proper planning and preparation will help make your transition from new mom to working mom smooth and less stressful.