Would You Return to Work within an Hour of Giving Birth?

There's an interesting article in today's Daily Mail posing the question, "Would you return to work within an hour of giving birth?" Of course, although one mother did, what the paper is really asking is when is the right time for a UK mother to return to the workplace - and will her career suffer if she takes her lawful entitlement?

It's a question that most women expecting a baby have to ask themselves at some point in their lives and for me it was one of the biggest decisions I ever had to make. In my e-book, Mama Milk: A Breastfeeding Mum's Story, it's just one of the issues I recount.

For me, after my first baby was born, having worked throughout my pregnancy as a supply teacher in a local school, I began to absolutely dread the phone ringing after my six months maternity leave ended. This was 11 years ago. These days, UK mothers can take up to a year off. However, looking back, I can still taste the despair I felt at the very thought of leaving my baby. I knew she'd be in safe hands as her two sets of grandparents were only too happy to take turns minding her, but for me, just the thoughts of leaving her all day was heart-wrenching.

Somewhat fortunately, the phone didn't ring for a few more weeks, but when it eventually did I was in a state. I went back to work and every day it was an effort to keep a smile on my face as I wondered how my daughter was coping. She was having a great time as it turned out - but I wasn't.

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Digital Foci Announces Major Update for Picture Porter 35

Picture Porter 35


New Firmware 1.2.1 Now Supports Incremental Backup for Easier Backup

Features Full Screen Preview & Selection, Support for External USB Storage Devices,

& DSLR Support for RAW, EXIF, IPTC & Histograms

Best Device to Keep All Your Photos, Music & Video in One Place


April 5, 2010Los Angeles, CA – Digital Foci, a leading provider of digital photography accessories for consumers and professional photographers, announced today a major new firmware update for the Picture Porter 35 (model PPR-350) high-capacity 250-500GB portable photo manager.  New essential features in the1.2.1 firmware update include incremental photo backup for easier backup, full screen preview and selection for convenient viewing, USB mode selection for secondary backup to external USB storage devices, and new professional DSLR extended camera support for RAW, EXIF data, IPTC and histograms. 

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Breastfeeding - Starting out Right!

BreastfeedinghomepageIt's vitally important to get breastfeeding off to a good start for it to be successful - so I was delighted to receive this breastfeeding story from Marie at Sweet Nursing over the weekend.

Like me, Marie is another mother who has turned breastfeeding into a whole new career for herself; a result she helps many mums get over their fear and discomfort of breastfeeding in  public by providing them with the most amazing breastfeeding ponchos and nursing covers! (I'll be reviewing one of her ponchos soon so watch this space!)

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One Exhausted Breastfeeding Mama!

I've been having a couple of really bad days...

A few months back I decided it was time for a complete overhaul of my breastfeeding and pregnancy website, BreastFeedingMums.com, which I feel is beginning to look a bit dated.

Now, fortunately for me, my husband is a programmer - so getting a nice new template put together was a breeze. Add to that a little bit of my own photoshop wizardry and the resulting new look is much less busy and much more attractive.

However, it is still nowhere near ready for its relaunch...

I have had to go through every single article I wrote (60+ to date) plus all the Dr Jack Newman articles to add links and to work on my titles and keywords. Easy as this sounds, it is absolutely exhausting.

Particularly when you consider my other roles as housewife, mother and referee to my own three children.

Last night I was discussing with Stan how frustrating it is being a WAHM. I was explaining to him how he is in a much better position than me as a WAHD because he has the advantage of going into his office and closing his door behind him, allowing him to work completely uninterrupted.

I don't have that privilige!

As a WAHM, it is obvious to me that most people who know me think I've got some wee website that I futter about with now and again.

They also think that because I'm not making huge sums of money from it, that I must be mad to work on it at all. So they completely miss the point that I see my work as a vocation of sorts.

Breastfeeding is something that means a great deal to me; I desperately feel the urge to educate women about why they should be breastfeeding their babies.

I've mentioned before how I was a qualified teacher until I gave birth to my second baby. Somehow it appears that when people can place a label on you then that's okay. So when I was a teacher, it was okay to everyone that I went to work every day, did my job and then came home.

But when you work from home, then people can't put such a simple label on you.

It's not surprising really, I suppose, considering that I find myself struggling to come up with a label that works for me!

Sometimes to keep things easy, I just say I'm a stay at home mum - only for people to question when I'll be going back to work!

When I admit that I work from home and they ask what I do, their eyes to glaze over when I mention the word breastfeeding. (It's almost as if they expect me to start lecturing them there and then!!)

But if I use the term "self employed" they look at me as if I must be loopy - how can I possibly be self-employed when I am at home with three children all day?

It seems I can't win whichever way I turn!

So as I struggle with a mountain of tasks for my unmentionable website, pull the kids off one another and race around trying to keep the house half respectable looking, you'll have to excuse me if I have a bad day and do a bit of a rant here :)

I just hope it's all worth it when I do finally get the new look BreastfeedingMums up and running (hopefully in the next couple of weeks)...

Then I can focus on trying to think of an appropriate job title for myself that will be acceptable to everyone, myself included :)