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Tips for transitioning back to work after a baby

Tips for transitioning back to work after a baby

For many moms, heading back to work after maternity leave is something that has always been a part of the plan, but that doesn't mean it's easy. While it's common to have concerns about not having enough time to bond with baby, stress about pumping at work and maintaining your milk supply, there are ways to help make the transition easier for you and your little one.

Ease into your new routine. If possible, schedule your return date for the middle of the week rather than a Monday, or work alternate days for the first few weeks. Being thrown into a full work week will not only be exhausting, but emotionally draining as well. By taking only a few days away from baby at the beginning, you can slowly ease back into work and make the return more manageable.

Purchase pumping essentials. While pumping at work can be challenging, many companies work with returning moms to find a private location to pump. A discreet pumping accessory, such as NUK Simply Natural Freemie Collection Cups, allows moms to pump hands-free with their shirt on. Compatible with leading double electric breast pumps, these collection cups also help easily transfer milk into storage containers or storage bags to bring home. A supply of absorbent nursing pads is also an essential to keep on hand to help stay dry throughout the day.

Keep the connection. One of the hardest parts about returning to work is leaving your son or daughter. Don't be shy about asking their caregiver to send updates once or twice a day with texts and pictures for peace of mind. One way to help ease the stress of being back at work is to actually see that your baby is doing well with the new routine.

Maintain the Bond. Changes to feeding can be just as hard on your little. To help baby ease into the new routine, use products that offer a more natural transition between breast and bottle, like NUK Simply Natural Bottles that are modelled after the shape of breasts, with up to nine nipple holes. Introducing more family members or friends to giving baby a bottle about a month before going back to work will also help moms feel confident that the process is going smoothly before returning to work.

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