Many working mothers find it much easier to manage a shorter working week Could you job-share, perhaps with another working mother? for some women a shorter working day works best. A full day, plus travelling time, can mean a very long time away from your baby.
If you do have to work a full day, or if you have to travel a long distance to get to work, it is worth considering looking for a babyminder near to your place of work. For example if you find a sympathetic babyminder, you may be able to arrive early so that you can feed your baby just before you go into work, and again straight after work. Some mothers have been able to feed their babies at lunchtimes and during other breaks throughout the day, which cuts down on the need for bottlefeeds. In Norway, working mothers who are breastfeeding are entitled to a two hour nursing break daily. It is of interest to note that Norway has the highest breastfeeding rate in Europe.
Make the return to work easier by returning to work on a Thursday or Friday as the first day back. You will then have the coming weekend to recover strength a plan a strategy for the following week.