How To Settle Into Work After Taking A Baby Break

Caring for your baby can be very demanding and in itself is a full-time job.

When you eventually decide to return to work or your maternity ends, you have to consider many things and prepare emotionally and mentally for the transition. Returning to work requires a lot of support and help in order to ensure little or no stress in settling into work.

As you plan your return, you need to consider the following;

Take things easy

Your transition from home to work may not go as smooth as you think. There may be some hiccups on your part or the baby. It is a period of adjustment for everyone so prepare your mind. Many things will change in so many ways but stay calm you will push through gradually. For example, your baby may find it difficult adjusting to his crèche environment, you may find it challenging to pump at work.

Decide on the type of caregiving you want for your baby

These days it is difficult to get good caregivers, some mothers choose to have a nanny at home overtaking their baby to a crèche while others may take on the support of relatives and in-laws. Making this decision should come months or at least a week before resumption so you can test the decision and see if it suits you and your baby.

Make major changes one at a time

If possible, it would be the better for you if you do not make any major changes at the same time. For example moving to a new house when you just resumed work or choosing to wean your baby a few days to work start, as this would heighten the already stressful situation.

Try making lists to increase productivity

Now that you no longer have extra time for yourself. As a mum, you have a lot of things going through your mind, you definitely want to be on your toes and do not want to create the impression that you cannot do your job as good as before. Therefore, to up your productivity and keep your mind on track, you need to draw up the different list- daily to-do list for work and home, food timetable, chore plan and feeding/ pumping schedule.

For example, you can write down notes about what you need to take to work on your phone, leave reminder note for baby’s caregiver, use sticky notes on your computer to monitor the job you have done, save food item list in your emails for constant consultations on the go.

 Have spare pumping equipment

If you intend to keep feeding your baby breast milk and your organisation is baby friendly then you can plan to pump at work. Sometimes things do not go as planned and you need to pump ahead for your baby. To avoid desperation and sadness over missing parts of pumping equipment, you need back up, a spare that you can fall back on.

Get updates

You need to keep in touch with your child’s care provider to know how he is doing. Knowing that your child is okay gives you the inner strength to face your work squarely without any distractions.

Take some time off for your baby 

It may be difficult to get sometimes off especially when you just resumed work. If you can get a flexible time off to spend with your baby weekly or if you can’t get that you can maximize your weekends.




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Things You Need To Know About Nursing A Premature Baby

Pregnancy is a mystery in that you never know when you’ll give birth, how or what you’ll give birth to, if it happens that your baby arrives early will nursing your premature baby be different? Yes and here are the things you need to know;

A premature baby needs breast milk as breast milk has everything a premature baby needs to be nourished especially since premature babies are more prone to infection due to their immature immune system.

Your breast is totally up to the task though, milks produced by moms of preemies are very rich in proteins and has slightly different fats than later breast milk.

Meanwhile your baby won’t be able to unite with your baby immediately as your baby will be placed inside the incubator that means you can’t breastfeed your baby directly but you can pump. After pumping the breast milk an hospital staff will feed the expressed breast milk to your baby through a nasogastric (NG) tube (known as gavage). This ensures your baby take enough breast milk as preemies are usually too small to suck directly from the breast.

At the hospital, the doctors might want to supplement with formula to increase your baby’s calorie intake, if you don’t have a problem with breast milk supply remind your doctor that breast milk is the best for your child and since you don’t have a problem with your flow there’s no need for supplementing feeds. You might want to be expressing and freezing to keep up your breast milk flow (pump every 2-3 hours) and ensuring there’s always milk for your baby.



When your baby finally starts nursing directly from your breast be prepared for a test. Sucking out milk from your breast won’t be easy since your baby is already used to getting milk from the bottle which is easier. You can try different breastfeeding positions or buy a nursing supplementer (attach the tiny tube to your breast) so your baby can get milk from it and your breast as well until they finally adjust to sucking from just your breast.

If you’re having trouble breastfeeding your premature baby, ask for help from the nurses and doctors in your hospital. Breast milk is the best for preemie babies but your family and friends may not understand and therefore suggest that you switch to formula to save yourself the trouble. If you have to pump round the clock, do it, it’s the best you can do for your preemie baby.

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