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As many of you know, I went back to work on Friday and I wanted to share some tips about going back to work after maternity leave since this will be my third time doing it! I went back more frequently after the first and won't be working as much out of the house now with three, since childcare is nearly impossible with both of us in the medical field. Our hours can be a bit crazy and it's hard to find someone for the hours we need them and I also don't feel comfortable leaving all three with anyone else but my husband. The only days I will be working right now are the ones when he is off of work! I hope that those of you that are headed back to work will find this post helpful and comforting as you leave your precious baby (ies) at home!
The toughest part about going back to work? Introducing a bottle! This was a STRUGGLE with all three of mine and I was SO nervous about heading back to work last week! I was recently introduced to a new brand called Smilo. Smilo is a brand that has introduced a line of baby essentials and it was curated by loving parents who also double as doctors, scientists and engineers.
I recently received these products to try with Miles and I was absolutely thrilled when I found out he took this bottle. The nipple is designed with a distinct curvature that mimics the anatomy of the ducts inside a mother's breast. The result of this innovation? This means that it requires up to 44% less suction to extract the same amount of fluid as competitive nipples. All of this means that it will be easier for your baby to latch, it will reduce air intake and ultimately relieve pressure on tiny bellies. Lastly, their bottles also have leak resistant venting which allows air into the bottle to replace the liquid, preventing a vacuum from building up inside the bottle! This also works with the nipple shape to simulate breastfeeding. After reading everything about their bottle system, I knew that this brand would have a great chance at being a good fit for our little guy!
Smilo also has an amazing line of pacifiers that were created by a pediatric dentist and they have a patented orthodontic design that promotes straighter smiles! They also expand in the mouth during soothing which allows for safer sleep. You can read more about them here! They have a few other accessories and bundles that are great for gifting a new mama! Be sure to check out their line here and let me know if you have any questions, I would be more than willing to answer them!
Next up? Finding the right care for your child. This is TOUGH. Day care? Nanny? Working opposite schedules of your significant other? Day care was never an option for us because of our hours that we need to work. Our only option was family and finding a sitter to come to our home. We used to live closer to our families when our first was born but we live about an hour away now so it's more difficult to have them help us. We have found both of our amazing sitters on care.com and I will have a post on how we interviewed them and found them on there soon! However, now that we have THREE 4 and under, I am a bit skeptical to leaving all three with a sitter just yet. I have chosen to work on days that my husband already has off. This may change down the road but this is how it needs to be right now. Being able to not worry while at work is a huge priority for me! Make sure you have a plan in place even before your baby is born in regards to child care. It will put your mind at ease in the coming weeks and newborn phase!
One of the last big topics about returning to work, pumping. I actually created a post last year about the items that I use while pumping at work and just updated it recently! READ IT HERE! As far as saving milk? I was REALLY great with my first about that and I saved about 100 oz before my first shift! This time I only saved 30 oz. It ended up being fine though because I pump while at work and then I just use that milk for the next time I work. My suggestion for pumping is to start about 3 weeks before you go back. Pick a time of day that works the best for you and do one pumping session a day to save up. Your supply is usually the best in the AM so I always did my sessions one hour after I fed my baby. So for example:
Baby wakes up and east at 6 am
Pump at 7 am
Feed baby again around 8 am
Your milk supply replenishes every 45 minutes or so. Don't worry about your body making enough milk, it will. If it doesn't in the first few days, it will regulate to do so FAST, so don't worry!