(Closed) Maternity leave — how long is enough?

posted 10 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
1253 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

how long are you planning on breast feeding for? I think it is different for everyone, this question could have many many many different responses. And, as a mother, I NEVER stop worrying about my “babies” I have a one year old and a 4 year old and anytime I am not with them, I am thinking about them! I went back to work a year and half after my son was born (in Canada we get a year of maternity benefits) and I just couldn’t do my job that well anymore so I quit and became a stay at home mom.

Post # 5
4383 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

My sister took 6 months because she was the “breadwinner” in their family. She had to pump at work, but from what I know, she was happy with the 6 months, she was getting antsy being at home.

Post # 6
177 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

You Canadiens are lucky!

Post # 7
7581 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

Gosh I wish a year was even an option. Perhaps DH and I should head to canada LOL

Post # 8
872 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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@ctbridetobe: Heck yea because in the US, I only know about getting 6 weeks not 12…. of course you can take more than 6wks if you have the leave and if your supervisor approves it…. Shoot 6 months to a year would be nice!!! 😉

Post # 9
3148 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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@trulyblessed: Ummm yeah!  I want to move to Canada!!! : ) 

OP- can you leave it open-ended? Plan on taking 6 months, have the baby and if you feel that you need to extend it to a year, you have that option?

Post # 10
642 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I can’t wait for mat leave! 97% pay and 12 months!!

If you’re career focused, could you take part of the mat leave, and hubby take the rest of what you’re allowed?

Post # 11
659 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

in the US, we get 12 weeks of FMLA (family medical leave act) which is unpaid leave to care for a new child, a newly adopted child, a sick parent/spouse, family member/spouse that has returned from military service wounded, etc.


It is unpaid.  The US has no public policy re: maternity leave, but you cannot be fired for taking unpaid time to care for a newborn.  I am a federal government civilian and I don’t get jack.  I get what I earn in leave/sick time, and it has to be approved for an extended period of time.

Enjoy that free market, capitalistic government, my fellow Americans!

Post # 13
659 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

nope, you can put a kid in day care whenever you want.  Nothing says “welcome to parenthood!  We hope you have a happy, healthy child!” like pay without leave! 


But at least we’re not socialist! 🙂

Post # 14
8028 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I can take 12 weeks UNPAID leave under FMLA.  Last pregnancy I was back at work at 9 weeks.

Post # 15
7081 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I squeaked out about 4 month.  I would have loved 6, but it would have been unrealistic with my career.

Post # 16
9050 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

My benefits package will pay me 93% of my salary for one year, so that’s probably what I’ll do.  I work for the municipal government, and am not really worried too much about losing momentum.

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