Returning to work

If you’re returning to work, there are many things you need to consider such as breastfeeding, budgeting and your new schedule. Planning can help this be a positive experience for you and your child or children.

Your budget

Parents choose to return to work for a range or reasons, including career goals, personal interest, and income.

Don’t forget to include in your budget the extra costs of working, including:

  • Transport

  • Childcare

  • New work clothes

  • Convenience food

Also consider the extra income and subsidies you may be entitled to. Check out the Work in Income website for more information, as well as the Sorted website for a range of budgeting calculators.

Your time

How do you manage a full family life, plus paid work? It’s a lot to ask, and you need to plan well so that everything you need to do gets done. Here are some things to think about:

  • Plan special fun time with your child

  • Plan to set some time aside for you

  • Plan how you will manage housework and other commitments 

  • Think about who can help

  • Above all, try not to expect too much of yourself.

If you have to make choices about what you can and can’t do, focus on the things that are most important to you and your family.

Breastfeeding at work

You may still be able to breastfeed your baby during your working hours, if your baby is being cared for near to your workplace or can be brought to you. Talk to your employer about breastfeeding or expressing at work. 

Even if you can’t breastfeed during working hours, you and your baby will still benefit from breastfeeding at other times. You can help to keep up your milk supply by expressing milk during breaks at work, and this milk can be fed to the baby while you’re not with them.

When your child is sick

Ask your workplace for their policy on sick leave and time off for visits to your child’s doctor, Plunket, or well child health provider. You also need to plan for what you’ll do if your child or caregiver is sick.


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