Learn handling back-to-work baby anxiety, separation anxiety in mothers and babies and tips for working moms.
Back-to-Work Baby Anxiety
Moms, who used to work before their delivery, often find it a challenge to get back to their work, leaving their little child at home. Both mothers and babies often suffer from separation anxiety at this stage. Babies become overly attached to their mother and cling to them all the time, when they are at home, afraid to let them go. This make many moms feel guilty. Actually, babies start associating with the patterns and their daily routines as soon as they are born. Till the time, moms are at home; babies are held by ‘mommy’ almost all the time and get nursed or comforted, whenever they cry. Once mothers join their offices or go back to work, the daily routine of course gets altered, baffling the baby.
- Ask your caregiver to schedule the naps and feedings of the baby so that he is well rested when you come and you reach home just in time for his feeding. Nursing can even help you to relax along with your baby after you come back from work.
- Associate with the baby as much as possible while you are at home and make the departure and reunion with your baby, a happy occasion every time it occurs, by holding and cuddling your baby.
- Choose the caregiver for your baby very carefully. Your baby will feel more comfortable with the nurturing caregiver, whose mothering style matches yours.
- Once mothers go back to work, children often try to sleep through the day when the ‘mommy’ is not there and try to play or associate with you during the night, when you come back home. This results in sleep deprivation for new working moms for about a month. During this transition period, co-sleeping with your baby, where he can touch you more often is perhaps a better option. It also helps you to feed the baby quickly and easily at night and a little more rest for you.
- Mothers who find co-sleeping with their babies daily too much, can try it on weekends and holidays. It also helps to keep up your milk supply while you are nursing.
- Prepare for mornings in the night itself, so that you get more time to feed and cuddle the baby before you leave.