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breastfeeding challenges

I did not have paid leave after the birth of my first child. Determined to breastfeed my son, I sustained over 20 clogged milk ducts and got mastitis, during his first six months of life. I called lactation consultants constantly, and followed their ...
Maryland

When I had my last child ...

When I had my last child I lost a lot of blood and was very anemic. I had very little strength and it was impossible for me to take care of myself, newborn and 3 year old without help. My husband took 3 weeks off work to help take care of us until I was ...
—Anonymous

Unpaid leave is expensive!

I am a mom of 3. My first leave was paid, while I was still in grad school. 2 months, and I felt so lucky. With my 2nd and 3rd children, my leaves were unpaid and not protected because I work in a company that is too small, and I work only 3 days/week. ...
—Anonymous

Lisa Anderson

It gave me the opportunity as a 1st time Mom to be home and bond with my child without having to worry how I could financial provide for my family.
—LisaIllinois

Ashlee Nicole McMillan

I have not had a child yet, but I would hope that when I do, I will be able to spend much needed bonding time with him/her. A friend of mine had to go right back to work after having her child and did not get to even breastfeed her little boy so that ...
—AshleeCalifornia

I happily gave birth to...

I, happily, gave birth to my daughters in France where I had 12 weeks of paid leave, as well as the 3 weeks prior to birth. American women deserve the same treatment!
—Anonymous

It's just essential

I have two kids. It's simply impossible to work immediately after giving birth. You're so tired that you can't think straight anyway - I hardly remember anything from those times. I am lucky enough to manage my own schedule, being self-employed, but ...
—AnonymousNew York

Financial hardship because I made the right choice for my child

When I adopted my daughter and brought her home, I was an independent consultant. I had worked hard at my former employer, a university, to provide leave for adoptive families. Eventually that policy went through, which I feel good about. However, because ...
—AnonymousColorado

When I had my first child...

When I had my first child I had not yet graduated from college and did not have enough sick leave or vacation days to cover a decent maternity leave. I returned to work after 14 days of delivering my child because I could not afford not to work. I wish ...
—AnonymousTexas

When I had my daughter in...

When I had my daughter in 2008 I took almost 6 months of leave, about two weeks of which were paid and only because I was required to exhaust my sick leave and vacation days while I was out. Yes, I was lucky to be able to afford to take so much time off ...
—AnonymousNew York

I got to take off nine we...

I got to take off nine weeks for maternity leave, but was only able to do so because I had paid for short term disability and only for that long of time because I ended up having a c-section. Had I had a normal birth I would have been back to work in ...
—AnonymousMichigan

Good maternity leave = happy, healthy babies

I had 2 months of paid leave, no duties, 3 months of paid "reduced duties" allowing me to come to the office only once per week and not teach, and the usual summer off. All at full salary. Unfortunately, the "reduced duties" quarter screwed up breastfeeding ...
—AnonymousCalifornia

A right not a privilege

As a university professor, I am acutely aware of how fortunate I am. I have flexible hours, supportive colleagues, and my own office with a door that locks. When I was pregnant, I kept a cot in my office and was able to rest when I needed to. When ...
—MishaOklahoma

Have two great kids but r...

Have two great kids but received no help or support when they were born.

We need to support our families in this country.

Neda

—AnonymousArizona

I had 8 weeks of disabili...

I had 8 weeks of disability leave due to my C-section, and then had to take the remaining 4 weeks of my 12 week leave as unpaid due to the fact that I did not yet qualify for FMLA bc I hadn't been at my job for a year. As a new mom, I cannot imagine what ...
—AnonymousCalifornia

Paid leave is essential

I am the proud mother of a five month old daughter. I was one of the lucky few who was able to take 12 weeks of maternity leave and still make ends meet. It took a lot of planning and saving, and was very hard to make happen as my husband was in the ...
—AnonymousWisconsin

I took Family Leave when ...

I took Family Leave when I was pregnant with my son, but because I had not worked at that specific job for 12 months, I was not afforded PAID leave. I also was not able to keep my health insurance, so when I had my baby, I had to go on Cobra (which was ...
—HollyCalifornia

Hi I am a single parent ...

Hi, I am a single parent and have 5 children. I have been working since the age of 15 and I'm now 34. It was always a comfort when I was pregant to know that my job supports families like mine.

My last pregnancy was the hardest so I needed extra time ...

—CatherineGeorgia

Beginnings are Important

I was able to be at home after the birth of our baby and I feel that it was key to my survival and to the physical and emotional health of me and my baby. Childbirth is exhausting and so is the care of a newborn. I needed that downtime to keep up my ...
—AnonymousCalifornia

The Early Quitter

Because I knew that receiving paid leave from my job was highly unlikely, I quit my professional job when my husband and I started trying to conceive. I was certain that I wanted to stay home with my baby for an extended period, and in order to guarantee ...
—Joanna New York
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