There’s always a solution to balance work and family. It does take some time. A little planning ahead can help you find your balance as you transition from family leave to work again.
Employee Assistance Programs
Your support as an employer can make a huge difference. Help your employees make the most of their family leave time by sponsoring a workshop and/or offering gift certificates for home visits.
Healthy employees with healthy families are good for business and for our communities.
Many of the essential skills of parenting are also qualities of resourceful employees: good time management,setting priorities, communication with others and of course, the ability to improvise!.
On another practical level, mothers who breastfeed have one third the number of sick day for their infants in the first year. That reduces health care costs, saves time and makes for more productive employees.
Practical and Positive Workshops
I emphasize calm beginnings for parents (be it your first or third). Prenatal workshops can answer many questions and guide families to make more informed choices.
When we respect the time-sensitive needs of early postpartum, the whole family gets off to a better start and everyone benefits. I give practical guidance, share family resources and discuss the transition back to work.
It does take a village to raise a child. I offer these workshops for parents and those who support them.
I also teach a Baby Safe/CPR class with my colleague, Beverly Nathan, RN.
Gift certificates for home visits make an excellent employee benefit . They’re also a very useful baby shower item. The money spent on home visits with an IBCLC can easily save a family over $4,000 a year just in the cost of formula and equipment.
Breastmilk is best for infant’s budding immune system. That’s less need (and cost) for antibiotics, less time off from work for a sick child. It’s best for a growing baby’s oral development, brain and visual development. Breastfeeding reduces the mother’s risk of specific cancers and osteoporosis. All these reduce costs for the family’s long term health. Just as importantly, healthy parents are happier, more productive employees. Another bonus! With breastfeeding, there’s less trash on the planet and that’s good for everyone.
“When a child is born, the entire Universe has to shift and make room”.
No matter your situation, take the time to appreciate your newborn and your new abilities as a parent. You’ll continually learn and adjust. It’s easier if you have good support.
Feel free to call and we can discuss what you need. I look forward to talking with you.
Robin Snyder-Drummond, BA, IBCLC
Prenatal workshops, Home visits
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