Nikkie Kent, Mamava's EVP and mama of two, just gave birth to daugter Addison Kent on May 20th, 2017 at UVM Medical Center.
So much has changed. You're coming to the end of your maternity leave, a tiny being has emerged from your body, your hormones are raging, your body is changing, and all the while you're filled with emotion, exhaustion, and overwhelming love for this new little being in your life.
And on top of all this, it's time to go back to work.
How does one prepare? Emotionally, physically, logistically, mentally?
It was exactly two years ago that I was 12-weeks postpartum with my firstborn and trying to navigate my return to work felt overwhelming. I didn’t have the new amazing resources such as Work. Pump. Repeat” (by Mamava friend Jessica Shorthall) to help me figure out how much milk I should pump before I went back to work or how much milk I should send to daycare. Although I didn’t have an overwhelmingly supportive employer, I was fortunate enough to have my own office with a lock on the door and a very supportive husband who built me a makeshift curtain that I could close during my pumping sessions. I knew I needed resources but Google wasn’t turning up any. That’s when a favorite customer invited me to the Facebook group, “Working Moms Making Breastfeeding Work!”