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Question for anyone who works from home

Postby sohopeful » Fri Sep 02, 2011 11:57 am

If working from home, how soon after your lo is born can you reasonably return to work? I mean at what point do you feel physically and mentally able? Assuming of course that there are no complications. I know everyone is different so thank you for any thoughts or experiences.
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Postby redcharlotte » Fri Sep 02, 2011 11:27 pm

I was on maternity leave until about 5.5 months PP. (I took the fall semester off from teaching when I had my July baby.) I started working from home (two Etsy shops) at around that time.

I had a very hard time breastfeeding. It didn't stop being painful until 9 weeks, so I don't think I could have started working until AT LEAST then. But honestly, until she started STTN more (around 3 months) I could barely function. It was just nursing all the time and trying to get sleep.

If someone put a gun to my head, I think I could have done it around 3 months, but 5.5 - 6 months worked out well. At 5.5 months I asked if I could do part-time but my boss wouldn't let me, so I quit teaching and opened my Etsy shops. There was no way I wanted to be away from her for as many hours in a day that a full-time teaching job requires. I'm so glad I made the decision to work from home!

I know each person is different. Just thought I'd share my story with you.
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Postby sohopeful » Sat Sep 03, 2011 5:34 am

Wow! Thankyou for sharing, that's certainly an eye opener. What is STTN? I guess if I was still working my regular job I'd have to go back after 8-12 weeks so 5-6months would be out of the question anyway.
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Postby bethann » Sat Sep 03, 2011 6:49 pm

sttn- sleeping through the night :)
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Postby ivycrystals » Sat Sep 03, 2011 7:58 pm

I went back to work PT from home at 8 weeks pp. I sell software and work with most of my clients over the phone. I'd just work while she napped. I was mentally fine. I wish I had waited til 12 weeks to start back PT and then 16 weeks for full time.
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Postby megaminty » Tue Sep 06, 2011 6:34 pm

I started homeschooling my 9yo and 5yo at 3weeks postpartum and returned to work (part time) at 6weeks. Honestly, I enjoyed having something to do besides baby-care at 3 weeks.

I had a normal vaginal delivery with no tears and am formula feeding. A more difficult recovery and/or breastfeeding issues might put you back a bit further on the returning to work. GL!
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