Post # 1
For the moms out there —
How much maternity leave would you recommend taking, if you could choose?
I still want to maintain momentum in my career, but I don’t want to spend all my time at work pumping milk, worrying about my baby, and making dumb errors because of sleep deprivation. We have someone (we hope) who can help with childcare.
Post # 3
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 # 4
I think I will breastfeed for at least a year (with pumped milk once I am back at work). I am in Canada, too. I am debating btw. 6 months and one year. The salary is largely covered for 6 mos, but not to the same extent for 1 year. I know in the US they only get 12 weeks so to me 6 mos seems like plenty … but I’ve never really interacted with babies before, so I know I have no idea what I’m in for!!!
Post # 5
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 # 7
Gosh I wish a year was even an option. Perhaps Darling Husband and I should head to canada LOL
Post # 8
@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
@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
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
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 # 12
The US system is pretty rough! (what do most people do for childcare until 6 months — isn’t it illegal or crazy to put an infant in childcare early than that?) Anyway, the system here works such that people in specific jobs (not all jobs) earn “EI hours” and pay a tax on those hours. Then if you need a leave (maternity leave or sick leave or whatever) if you’ve paid for enough hours you can take leave … for mat leave you need 600 hours I think. So we do pay for EI and probably some people don’t like it.
Anyway, I think I have to decide in advance btw 6 months and 1 year. Right now even 6 months seems outrageous to me … I’m probably going to go stir crazy and worry about my career progress. Or maybe I will be too sleep deprived to care about my career anymore (hah!) So my thought was to ask for 6 months and maybe cut it short if I go nuts? At 6 months, do most babies let you get some sleep at night?
Post # 13
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
I can take 12 weeks UNPAID leave under FMLA. Last pregnancy I was back at work at 9 weeks.
Post # 15
I squeaked out about 4 month. I would have loved 6, but it would have been unrealistic with my career.
Post # 16
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.