Going back to work after your baby: How to deal with separation anxiety

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Going back to work after your maternity leave is never easy

So you’ve had your baby and have enjoyed being home with her for months or longer, but now it’s time to get back to work. How do you deal with being apart from your baby? One ParentTown user had the same question:


It’s a difficult situation that many moms can relate to. Some mothers found it so difficult that instead of returning to the office, they opted to look for options that would allow them to work from home:

“This was one of the most painful things I had to go through after I had my first child,” said Camwy S. “I wasn’t successful in coping with separation anxiety, so I decided to be a stay-at-home mom for several months and finally I was able to land a home-based job. So happy to have experienced the best of both worlds at the same time.”

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Some moms have found being apart from their child so difficult that they’ve opted to work from home. (Photo: Dreamstime)

“Separation anxiety was painful, especially for my kid,” wrote Jecyl B. “Went back to work for only a couple of weeks then quit. I’m now doing part time online job.”

Though working from home is ideal, this situation isn’t for everyone. Some of us don’t have much of a choice, and when providing for the family is the paramount concern, you just have to make the best of the situation.

Read on for suggestions on dealing with separation anxiety.

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