Returning to work after maternity leave
July 11, 2011 9:46 AM Subscribe
What can I do now to make life easier for myself and my family when I return to work in three weeks, after a total of 3 months off for maternity leave?
posted by vignettist to Work & Money (22 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
You Mefites always have such good advice, and I got a lot of help here while I was still pregnant. Now that I am suffering from baby-brain, I'm sure I'm not thinking my return to work through entirely. Baby Vignettist (hereafter to be known as Short Story) will be 8 weeks old this week, and I have to return to work at the beginning of August.
He is EBF (exclusively breast fed), so my thoughts about returning to work have been mostly focused on pumping enough to store in the freezer, and trying to figure out the logistics of pumping at work.
Child care will be courtesy of my MIL, who will care for him here at our house. So I have to figure out my morning routine in terms of getting myself ready and out the door, but no other issues with regard to getting him to the sitter.
I have spoken to my HR (I am in California, just in case) and my supervisor, and I will be cleared to return with a letter from my doctor, which I am working on.
Otherwise, what am I not thinking of?
Bonus question: At the beginning I will be returning to the office, but a good portion of my job requires that I drive every day and meet clients, so after a couple of weeks I will be back on the road. Any tips for pumping in the car? My client visits are clustered near one another, so the drives are always short distances, so it's not like I can get on the freeway and pump during that drive. I will likely be parked somewhere on the street when I am attempting this.