I was lucky to have a year paid in the UK with both my babies. I can’t imagine having to go back to work right away. My little one had a lot of issues and I would find that really difficult.
Most countries actually have longer and/or paid maternity leave. The US actually has one of the shortest maternity leave laws and no company in the US is required to pay you anything during maternity leave. It’s horrible in my opinion. I think it’s extremely important for new parents to take that time to develop a relationship with your little one, heal, get used to your new routine, and to just recuperate. I had to go back to work after 2 months because my husband and I separated and it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. I was not in the right headspace at the time. I needed that time with my son but unfortunately couldn’t afford to. We are back together and I’m a stay at home mom now. It took me a few months after not working again to finally feel like myself and be the best mom I could be. My husband is active duty Air Force now and if we were to have another baby, he’d actually get 2 weeks paid paternity leave which I think is great.
On top of that, I hadn’t been working at that company for a year. They hired me when I was pregnant and told me that even though I didn’t qualify for maternity leave, they’d still give it to me. So when I went back to work after being promised maternity leave regardless of the “rules” they cut my hours and sometimes didn’t schedule me and even though they knew I was a struggling single mom at the time they tried to say I wasn’t actually “allowed” to take leave and that somehow entitled them to cut my hours and not schedule me.
I am in NJ and I had 6 weeks of disability followed by 6 weeks of FDI. I went back at 12 weeks. It is a sick joke! I think women should have at least a year paid! My husband only had 3.5 weeks off - in which he had to use his personal time. Men should have at least 6 months, paid!
I have a year...don't know how mama's who go back early do it. My brain felt foggy until last month (month 10)
In Europe moms get a year paid. I think it’s an important investment in our children. Breastfeeding for a full year would be hard or almost impossible going back to work so quickly. I personally get to stay home so it’s a non issue for me. But my heart breaks for you working mamas who wish you were home (of course I think it’s important to have the option for what’s best for you and baby)
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