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Follow our advice for resuming work after maternity leave

Your return to work may create ambivalent feelings, between the pleasure of getting back to work and the sadness of separation from your baby. How do you manage your work-life balance as a mother? If you're wondering how to do it, what to say and what to ask your employer, our tips for getting back to work after baby will help.

3 mins to read Jan 13, 2021

1. Return to work after maternity leave while breastfeeding? 
Just because you're back at work doesn't mean you have to stop breastfeeding. Talk to your employer before you return. Say you need a clean, eye-healthy place to pump your milk. And when you get back to work, block time slots in your calendar so you don't get stressed or too busy to do so. 

2. Choose the right childcare mode 
Do some research and make sure you're satisfied with the daycare you're using. When choosing a childcare mode, ask for advice around you, perhaps make a "surprise visit" of the premises, check the ratings and, above all, trust your instincts! If your mind is soothed, you can more easily concentrate when you're at work. 

3. Ask for flexible hours 
You can ask your employer to reduce your hours or working days. If this is not possible, apply for flexible work. You can request that your schedules be spread out according to your child care needs (starting and finishing the day earlier, for example) or working from home. Since employers do not want to lose their good employees, it is in their best interest to carefully consider your application.  

4. At work, relationships with co-workers 
If your work schedule has changed, or if you've reduced your work week, make sure your team knows. Tell all your colleagues to adjust their requirements and not feel compelled to work overtime or accept tight deadlines that you won't be able to reasonably meet. When prioritizing your workload, remember to consider your number of hours. Don't be afraid to come forward if something seems too short or suggest more realistic timelines. 

5. Control your anxiety as a working mother 
Don't be too yourself. This change is going to be huge for you, so accept that it will take you some time to adjust to your new routine. It's good to get back to work and get back in the bath. Check with your employer to see if it is possible to make a gradual return. For example, you can work part-time in the first month to make sure you and your baby are okay and happy. 

6. Seek support from other working mothers 
Whether it's a friend in the same situation, co-workers or a support group for working mothers, look for a network of people you can talk to when things get complicated, who can answer your questions and, most importantly, understand your situation. Don't keep your emotions to yourself. Your partner and family will also want to support you in all ways, so don't be afraid to talk about it if you need help. 

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