I’m the VP of sales at mimijumi and a new mom to a five-month-old daughter. I recently returned from maternity leave and took my first work trip away from my daughter. Let me tell you – I give a shout out to all the travelling mommas out there; it is no joke! From scheduling when to pump, figuring out appropriate outfits you can wear to pump at work, flying with breastmilk and all the supplies, dealing with security lines and rude agents, sharing a hotel room with a non-pumping colleague and just being away from your baby in general, it is all so hard! Here’s my experience and some tips I learned.
Dear Working Mom About to Go Back to Work After Having a Baby,
I know what you’re thinking. You’re going back to work, probably criminally soon after having a baby, and you’re suuuuper excited. Not only do you get to leave your baby and not fit into your work clothes…if you’re breastfeeding, you get a whole additional prize package!
Leaking through your work clothes while talking to Tim from Accounting? Check.
Talking to the person who signs your paycheck about your breasts and a bodily fluid? Check.
Explaining to your co-workers why you have to leave every meeting halfway through? Check.
Awkward conversations are THE staple of being a breastfeeding, working mom. I’m here with my top three tips on how to survive them.
Remember when a certain celebrity mom (whose name rhymes with Lake Ively) revealed the contents of her purse? Everyone was shocked that she had a baby bottle nipple in her bag – everyone except new moms, that is. In partnership with Stork Maternity Consulting, we’ve put together a list of items that all you new moms should have in your bags, if you don’t already.
This article originally appeared on Working Moms Against Guilt.
Whether you’re pregnant, want a baby, or are home right now (exhausted) with a newborn, you’ve probably wondered what it will be like going back to work. I mean, how do people DO it?
Well, I did it, and millions of other moms have too. It ain’t easy, but it is possible.
Over the years, we’ve collected lots of wisdom and advice from many women on what it takes to go back to work like a champ. In a partnership with mimijumi, the back-to-work baby bottle brand, Working Moms Against Guilt is sharing our top tools and tips to make the back-to-work journey guilt-free for all moms. I think you’ll find this list of must-have gear and habits invaluable, whether you’re breastfeeding, formula feeding, pumping, or a combination that works for you.