Going back to work after having a baby

Many women go back to work after they have a baby. 

How can you get ready for going back to work? 

Here are some things to think about as your plan for going back to work:
  1. Handling your emotions. Give yourself time to get used to being back at work. You may have lots of feelings about being away from your baby. It’s OK to feel like you do. Ask your boss if you can ease back into work. Maybe you can work a few hours a day at the beginning instead of all day. Or you might be able to work a few days a week instead of 5 days a week.
  2. Breastfeeding. If you’re breastfeeding, you need a private place to pump. Employers with more than 50 employees are required by law to give you time and space (that is not a bathroom) for pumping when you go back to work. Talk to your boss before you go back to work so he knows what you need. You also need somewhere to keep your breast milk cold. Take a small cooler to work if there’s no refrigerator. 
  3. Time off for checkups. You and your family need regular medical checkups to stay healthy. You may need to take time off from work for these checkups. Talk to your boss about taking time to visit your health care providers.
  4. Using harmful chemicals. Protect yourself if you work with chemicals. Also, stay away from smoking areas at your job, or ask co-workers not to smoke around you.
  5. Child care. It may be hard for you to leave your baby with a caregiver all day, even if it's a family member or a close friend. Talk to your partner and choose who can care for your baby. Figure out how much you can spend and what kind of care you want. 


Last reviewed: December, 2013

Many women go back to work after they have a baby. 

How can you get ready for going back to work? 

Here are some things to think about as your plan for going back to work:
  1. Handling your emotions. Give yourself time to get used to being back at work. You may have lots of feelings about being away from your baby. It’s OK to feel like you do. Ask your boss if you can ease back into work. Maybe you can work a few hours a day at the beginning instead of all day. Or you might be able to work a few days a week instead of 5 days a week.
  2. Breastfeeding. If you’re breastfeeding, you need a private place to pump. Employers with more than 50 employees are required by law to give you time and space (that is not a bathroom) for pumping when you go back to work. Talk to your boss before you go back to work so he knows what you need. You also need somewhere to keep your breast milk cold. Take a small cooler to work if there’s no refrigerator. 
  3. Time off for checkups. You and your family need regular medical checkups to stay healthy. You may need to take time off from work for these checkups. Talk to your boss about taking time to visit your health care providers.
  4. Using harmful chemicals. Protect yourself if you work with chemicals. Also, stay away from smoking areas at your job, or ask co-workers not to smoke around you.
  5. Child care. It may be hard for you to leave your baby with a caregiver all day, even if it's a family member or a close friend. Talk to your partner and choose who can care for your baby. Figure out how much you can spend and what kind of care you want. 


Last reviewed: December, 2013