How old was your baby when you went back to work?

Tabitha - posted on 04/06/2010 ( 61 moms have responded )

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Hi, im a young mother (20 years old) and i just had a baby boy 4 weeks ago. I am still in college and went back to work when my son was exactly 3 weeks old...how old was your baby when you went back to work?

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Mpolokeng Cynthia - posted on 04/20/2010

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Hi im a mother of 27 years old, my son is 6 years and started working when he was 2 years old

Randall - posted on 04/12/2010

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I tried to go the whole six weeks off that my job offered but my manger called me over and over to come back early, so i did. The only problem was that i was breast feeding and became impossible working 12 hour shifts.

Tiffanie - posted on 04/11/2010

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I wan unemployed when I had my son, so he was almost one when I went back, but with my daughter, I just went back to work this past week and she is five weeks. Being a young single mother, I didn't have much of a choice.

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Louisa - posted on 07/27/2011

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my eldest was 3 months when i went back i then stopped working the day my second was induced and went back 10 days laterbut if i could aford not to work i wouldnt but ur working to provide a better future for lo

Hope - posted on 04/22/2010

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With my daughter, I went back after 5 weeks exactly. With my son, he was 3 1/2 months when I went back. And I struggle, {I only went back a week ago} because I'm used to being home with them. I stopped working at 6 1/2 months preg with him. So, I have been out of work for a while. But I wouldn't change the way I did it with either of my children.

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You do what you have to do....I went back to work when my son was six days old, luckily I had fantastic bosses and was able to have him with me by my side!!

Jennifer - posted on 04/20/2010

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I went back to work after 12 weeks of my daughter being born. It was very hard; however, I knew it the long run I was providing for my family so it had to be done. Do NOT feel guilty.

April - posted on 04/16/2010

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My first one was 2 months, and my second was 3 months. I live across the street from work, so I could leave on my lunch break to nurse them.

Carla - posted on 04/14/2010

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i went back to work when my boy was 11 weeks old, but i was pretty lucky as i worked in a family owned preschool and he was able to be there with me

Lynn - posted on 04/14/2010

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I was in college with my first child so went back after just a couple of weeks. I was lucky that his father worked nights and i felt comfortable leaving him with his dad.I had to made sure to be on a light schedule that term, most of the classes were in the morning so I wasn't gone very long, but I had to balance the idea of leaving him, even for a few hours, with the idea I was doing something to help provide for him. With my second child, I went back to work part time after only 4 weeks. It was still hard, but had to be done. We were in a better position after our 3rd child and I got to stay out 6 weeks. Work was very accommodating for my pumping schedule. All 3 times I felt bad leaving them, but it was balanced by the fact I was helping to support them and I they were with someone I trusted would take care of them. Also, I spent as much time as I could with them when I got home to make up for it. :-)

Fabiola - posted on 04/14/2010

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my daughter was 4 weeks when i went back to work but thats not all ive been goin to college part time since i graduated high school two years ago and i have not dropped school either not even when i had her....i missed one day of school after i delivered her. at first i felt bad but as long as you know they are safe with whoever they are then its okay. you do what you do to provide the best for your child

Brenda - posted on 04/13/2010

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I went back after about 8 months. In Canada, we get up to a year maternity leave, so although it sounds long compared to most of you that have responded, I was the first mom in my "baby group" to go back to work.

Heidi - posted on 04/13/2010

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My son was 6 weeks old when I went back to work. I felt that it was a long enough time to be off of work, and at the same time I needed to get out of the house before I went crazy!!

Blanca - posted on 04/13/2010

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7 weeks. luckily or unluckily my husband had gotten laid off a week before and he ended being the stay at home parent instead of us taking her to day care which we had totally intended on doing. He was never able to find a suitable job what with our econony taking a dump so here we are over a year later and he's a stay at home dad still!

Taymah - posted on 04/13/2010

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my baby boy was 3 months wen i went back 2 work didnt want 2 go back as cant stand my job but as i need the money had no choice im only part time but i do miss him while im at work but i kno he is being looked after good as his dad looks after him

Beth - posted on 04/13/2010

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I went back to work within 4 weeks after my oldest was born. I couldn't stand staying at home any longer. I'm just not a homebody.

Therisma - posted on 04/13/2010

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Ouch that's rough. :(

I went back to work after six months for my second son and I was a stay-at-home for my first son for 3 years. I wish I had more time with my second son at home. It seemed like I missed all of his "firsts".

Helen - posted on 04/13/2010

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12 weeks - the recession had hit so i just couln't take the 9 months i had planned on

Brianne - posted on 04/13/2010

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I own a business, I went back to work when Lukey was 3 weeks old, though I was in the theatre with him when he was a week old!

Vikki - posted on 04/13/2010

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Both mine were 6 months when I went back to work. Although I did do some work from home prior to this.

Nichole - posted on 04/13/2010

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i was active duty military and i had six weeks, most of that time my son was in the nicu, but i had to go back to work regardless. i worked long days and only got a few waking hours with him. I made the most of that time, and in the end thats what is important! With my second child i didn't have a job but i was in school i went back to school when he was 3 months old.i later got a job. All i can say is my mom is the best person in the world, if it had not been for her i would have graduated school, and i dont know how i would have pulled of what i've been able to acomplish

Jane - posted on 04/12/2010

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For my daugher, who is now 20 years old, I went back when she was almost 4 months old. For my son, who is now 16 years old, i went back when he was 3 months old. BUT, do not stress over or feel guilty for the fact that you had to go back to work....just make sure your time with your son is quality time...that is the most important aspect of going back to work.

Kristen - posted on 04/12/2010

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my son was 2 months old when i back to work... but i worked at daycare, so he just went to work with me... lol (he was in a different room, but i still got to see him throughout the day)

Brittany - posted on 04/12/2010

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I started a new job when my son was about 1 month old! i work 2nd shift so i feel like we dont have much time together at all!! but i have to work and thats that.

Emma - posted on 04/12/2010

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my little girl was 10 months old wen i returened to work!! its nice though because im a nursery nurse and she comes with me :) i know everyone that looks after her and im always there if she needs me :) she loves it at nursery im glad she goes because she gets the chance to interact with all the other babies x

Sarahjane - posted on 04/12/2010

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i went back to work when larna was 2 days old . had no choice felt guilty at fist and tierd lol but my partner helps a lot

Shelley - posted on 04/12/2010

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i had my son when i was 19 and when he was 2 1/2 months old i got a new job. it was and still is hard but i know at this point in our lives i need to work too.

Naomi - posted on 04/12/2010

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My first son was 7 months old when I went back to work. I left my previous job while on FMLA due to relocating and we tried to make it work with me being a SAHM. I was lucky to be able to find part-time work. However, with my next baby (due any day now!), I'll need to go back to work after 6 or 8 weeks (even though we can afford for me to be off for longer) because I won't qualify for FMLA due to only working part-time. I'm absolutely dreading having to go back to work that soon after my baby is born. It doesn't feel fair to him to leave him with someone else simply because I need to protect my job.

Pia - posted on 04/11/2010

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My daughter was 1 month old when I returned to work, was really hard but thanks god my sister came from Peru to help me , my husband n me live in Costa Rica, Iam from Peru and he is from TX so we don't really have family here so we have to have a nanny , I used to be worry all the time after my sister left!! but now I have the best nanny and she help us lots!!!!!

Now everytime that I am going to work my daughter look at me, give me a kiss and say CHAU...

Mary - posted on 04/11/2010

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6 months! I wish I didn't have to but we need the cash! Im only part time so I work around my partners job to ensure that either one of us are with our child.

Sylvia - posted on 04/11/2010

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My DD was 13 months old. I managed to get as much time with her as I could by starting my leave just one week before my due date (fortunately she was born the day after her due date! I was having nightmares about sitting around for 3 weeks waiting to go into labour...) and adding the vacation time I accumulated during my leave onto the end of it, so I was on leave from 31 July 2002 to the Tuesday after Labour Day 2003 even though you only actually get 15 weeks' maternity leave and 35 weeks' parental leave. My employer only pays once a month at the end of the month, so that last month after I switched from EI back to payroll and had no money coming in for almost 5 weeks was a bit rough, but it was worth it :)

Melanie - posted on 04/11/2010

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My son was 22months old. They are constantly changing and doing new things so i stayed home the first while so i wouldnt miss it all. The job i took was a school bus driver. Not because i had to work but for something to do. This way i was able to take my young one with me to work and not miss the little things and not having to pay for daycare. I think it was good for him to get out and around so many other kids. He loves it.

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My son was 8 weeks old. I was sooo sad (it's only been 13 weeks and I am still sad), but I realize you have to do what you have to do! :)

Steph - posted on 04/10/2010

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I went back when my son was 8 months, old fortunatley part time 3 days a week and my wonderful mom had my little man for me, and my 2nd time around my daughter it was at 5 months, hard once again but just had to do it.

Lorri - posted on 04/10/2010

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My oldest was 7 weeks and my youngest was 6 months. I am a teacher so it just happened that Zoe was born at the beginning of summer, but Paige was born in February so I took the rest of the year off. The first time it was the hardest thing I ever did, but second was much easier.

Kim - posted on 04/09/2010

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With my first child, I went back to work when he was 9 weeks old. With my second, I went back to work when she was 8 weeks old.

Lisa - posted on 04/09/2010

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i went back to work just after my daughter turned one.it was hard but she enjoys her time with daddy and as soon as i get home its mammy/daughter time.i miss her loads somedays but it has to be done.best of luck

Danielle - posted on 04/09/2010

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I had my daughter 2 weeks after I turned 20. She started daycare at 4 months. I needed the money..

You gotta do what you gotta do!!

DAWN - posted on 04/09/2010

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My baby was almost 7 weeks when I went back to work. I believe it is hard to do not matter when you have to.....

Melissa - posted on 04/09/2010

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Hi

My lil angel was 7 months old when i went back to work. It is different for evryone also depends on circumstances :)

Adhrua - posted on 04/08/2010

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my boy was 3 months old when i went back to work part time , that time my folks were there to take care of him.

I am sure your baby is going to be very proud of you so don't feel bad, you are a really good mother and so you are doing it for him.

May God bless you both

Ali - posted on 04/08/2010

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I went back when my girl was 6months, it was only a month after she had major craniofacial surgery. I had no choice, as a single mum the bills had to be paid. She is now 15mths old. She enjoys her child care and we appreciate our time together more so now.

Elizabeth - posted on 04/08/2010

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hi i am also a young mother(23) i am active duty military and a single parent, my son is almost 2 years old now, but i went back to work when he was 6 weeks old and i was leaving him with a sitter for 16 hours a night while i was at work. It broke my heart to have to leave him, but it is what i have to do to provide for us. His sitter and her family are a blessing and love and care for my son like he is their own which also made it easier. Don't feel bad about going back to work, just make sure that you make time for you and your son.

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