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Last week I went back to work after almost 10 glorious months home with my girls. Getting back into the swing of things was not as bad as I thought it would be, and honestly the thought of going back was a lot harder than actually doing it. I totally psych myself up about things like this and then everything always ends up working out just fine.
One of my biggest concerns about going back to work was Eloise refusing to take a bottle from anyone. She’s 9 months old now, and her main source of nutrition is breast milk since I still nurse her. I tried different bottles, different sized nipples, making sure the milk was heated to a perfect 98.6 degrees, using freshly pumped milk….no luck with any of my efforts. My picky eater likes her milk straight from the source.
Dave suggested trying formula to see if she would be more willing to drink it from a bottle, since she really has no association with formula and bottles with breastfeeding. At first, I was sad about the fact that she would be getting nourishment from something other than me, but he reminded me that getting the nutrition she needs is the most important thing regardless if it’s breast milk or formula. I am a crazy internet researcher and started looking up all the different brands of formula and the ingredients used in each. After doing some digging, I landed on Plum Organics® Grow Well® Infant Formula. My mind was put at ease when I learned that the formula is organic, has no GMO’s, no corn syrup solids, and is made with lactose from cows treated without any gross hormones. I can tell that the good folks at Plum Organics put a lot of research and time into developing a formula that meets the highest standards for organic foods. I feed Phoebe and Eloise Plum Organics baby food all the time, so that is even more reassurance for a worry wart like me. Oh, and they are the nation’s #1 brand of organic baby food!
Dave picked up a package of the formula from Jewel on his way home from work and we gave it a try that night. He put her to sleep, following her normal bed time routine, she passed out and ended up drinking a solid 5 ounces! I was super relieved to know she’d be getting the nutrition she needs throughout the day once I went back to work.
Overall, the transition back to work has been smooth. I have family to care for my girls while I am gone and have peace of mind knowing that they are safe and loved (and spoiled!) all day long. I was nervous about Eloise not getting the proper nutrition she needed throughout the day when she was refusing to take a bottle of breast milk, and I am so grateful that we live in a day and age of having organic, wholesome, and healthy formula options to supplement, with Plum Organics Grow Well Infant Formula being the best choice for us!
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Some other ways I’ve made the transition back to work a little easier are:
1.) Remind yourself over and over that the thought of going back is so much harder than actually doing it. You are probably psyching your nerves up about it and the thought can be unbearable. Just remember that on the first day back, you will be sad but once you get back into your routine things will feel normal and doable again.
2.) Get yourself prepped the night before. I know, thinking about work is the last thing you want to do at night. Getting yourself prepped the night before will take so much stress and pressure off in the morning, and you might be able to sneak in an extra 10 minutes of cuddle time before you leave! So, get your lunch made, outfit selected, work bag assembled…you will be a happier camper in the morning!
3.) Try to arrange a Face Time or Skype session with your child’s caregiver during your lunch break.
4.) Pick one day a week to do something special with your child(ren) after you get home from work. Whether it’s a trip to the library or even grocery shopping, bringing your kids out for some one on one time will mean the world to them.
5.) Make your time together quality time. You have gone from spending all day, every day with your kids and now you only have 3-6 hours (depending on your work schedule) with them. With the evening hours being the most challenging of the day sometimes, I like to make sure there is something planned to make our few hours together as quality as possible. I like to do things like small crafts (think JoAnn Fabric or Target dollar section), bake cookies, read new books, play outside/go for a walk, or even just lay in bed together singing songs. If I can pin point one happy, special moment of each day with my girls, I feel less guilty about being a working mom.
I hope this helps all the first timers and veteran moms going back to work! It’s the hardest part about being a mom, but it doesn’t have to be the worst thing either.