Leaving the baby at home and going away to work is certainly not easy for any new mother. No matter how many people are available at home to look after the little one, the mother will not feel at ease being away for so many hours, at least in the early stages of motherhood.
Baby and mother share a unique bond in the world, being together since the first day of inception. Just as the baby finds maximum comfort and emotional security when held in the mother’s arms, it is almost the same feeling for the mother too. She notices baby’s every new gesture, gets worried about the slightest frown appearing on that tiny forehead and stays awake on most nights to feed and rock the baby to sleep. The erratic schedule notwithstanding, every mother cherishes the time spent with her newborn.
It is natural for the mother to feel slightly overwhelmed when she goes back to work after childbirth. There would be constant anxiety over whether the baby has been fed properly. Every other worry will crowd the mind including highly amusing ones like the colour of potty, and whether the baby has been burped properly or not. All such feelings are normal, as is new mothers calling up home every hour just to enquire about the baby. The best way to deal with this is by being open about your feelings. You can take one or two of your colleagues into confidence and share your anxiety. Talking to your partner is also helpful as he would know how to calm you down. Try not to call up people at home every hour as it might disturb the baby’s sleep. Instead, you can ask the child-caregiver or any family member living with you to keep texting you after regular intervals so that you stay updated.
Instead of ignoring your anxiety, you should examine all the possible causes and take steps that will make you feel less anxious. It is natural to worry about your baby, but that worry by itself should not become an impediment in the way of your work life or social circle.