From Jill of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Sent to our Bradford Village store in Harrisburg, PA—April 25, 2008
“As a new mom, one of the biggest adjustments is finding that I have more to do, but less time in which to do it. The baby only sleeps for 45 minutes to an hour at a time, so that does not give me enough time to clean the house, do the laundry, go to the grocery store, not to mention prep and make dinner. I love that, with Dream Dinners, all the prep work is done ahead of time. I’m sure that most people dread the thought of preparing a meal. However with Dream Dinners it is really something to look forward to.”
“I think everyone gets stuck in a rut with the same recipes.
If you decide to go back to work after having a child, give yourself time to adjust. It’s natural to miss your baby and even feel sad at times. Small steps like these can make it easier:
- If possible, return gradually by slowly increasing the number of days you work per week.
- Do some tasks at home during your maternity leave such as answering e-mails or online research.
- Before you return, visit the office to catch up on company news and introduce your baby to your co-workers.
- If you’re still nursing, talk to your employer about a private room where you and other new moms may be able to pump breast milk.
- Allow at least two weeks to prepare for the time when you’ll first be away from your baby. You can start alternating breast and bottle feeding when your baby is three to four weeks old.
- Try to find child care near your workplace and arrange to leave your child there once or twice before you start work. Ask the caregiver to feed the baby while you’re gone.
- Get support from other working moms at your workplace or through organizations like the La Leche League (www.lalecheleague.org) or the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (www.hmhb.org).
Source: American Academy of Pediatrics
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