(Closed) Opinions: how many days/weeks postpartum is it possible to go back to class?

posted 4 years ago in Babies
Post # 16
2160 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

My LO ate every 1,5-2hrs in the beginning, would only sleep in his pram or on someone and it was pretty exhausting for the first 6 weeks. Also the beginning was challenging emotionally. I agree with FutureMrs.Cammack:  3-4 weeks postpartum based on emotional state and sleep deprivation. Now at 4 months it’d be easy..

I guess my general advice would be give yourself more time rather than less and try to plan 2hr periods, not 4.. because you don’t know if your baby will last 4hrs between feedings. a 2hr class 4times a week would be easier than a 4hr class twice a week in terms of baby feeding and lasting.

Post # 17
2123 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - DD born 2015 DS born 2017

I had a med-free vaginal birth with no tears and minus the gushing bleeding, physically I’d have been ready to sit through a class the next day. Mentally no way, I was not there for a week or so, I was in total survival mode. Then even after I probably wouldn’t be able to concentrate on a class I’d be worried the baby was crying! Plus if you’re planning on bfing it’s best to nurse your baby without pumping for the first month if possible with no formula supplementing until the supply settles.

Post # 18
9555 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Physically, I’d say 2 weeks. But my dd ate ALL the time when she was little. There is no way I would have been able to leave her for 4 hours. I didn’t have time to pump until she was like a month old because she wanted to be on the boob constantly. Plus they generally don’t recommend giving bottles that early if you want to ebf.

Post # 19
9216 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i am also due in april.  i think the biggest issue if you plan to exclusively breast feed.

i have tickets to a show 2 weeks after my due date.  i don’t think i am going to be able to go, because i don’t want to give the baby a bottle or anything but the breast until 4-6 weeks.


Post # 20
2902 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Physically, probably a week after my c-section. Emotionally, two or three weeks minimum. At three weeks, Darling Husband and I went out to dinner while my mom watched the baby. We had fun but I was also still pretty sleep deprived and out of it. But if you’re exclusively breastfeeding, it may be tough to leave for more than two hours before six weeks. If you’re willing to leave a formula bottle if you haven’t pumped enough beforehand, and pump in a bathroom in case you get uncomfortably engorged during class, it’s probably do-able. 

Post # 21
1230 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

A friend of mine had her second child around Thanksgiving of our 2nd year of medical school. She had a vaginal delivery. I think she took a week or so off, then came back.  She took her mid-December exams on time. She also had a really good attitude about it all, though.  Her husband worked full time and had a good career, so she was open to taking the rest of the year off if she had complications or if the baby needed it.  

Post # 22
2053 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I had a c-section.  I probably could have done a 2 hour class 3x a week about two weeks after giving birth.  4 hours is a long time – my baby nursed every 2 hours for the first couple of months.  Plus I would definitely get anxiety attacks being away from her in the beginning.

Post # 24
94 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I’m in medical school as well and had my baby 6 weeks ago- I started going back to school when she was just 5 weeks old (with her). We go to the lectures and seminars together- bedside teaching my husband or a friend has to come by to watch her for an hour and a half. Not the end of the world. I’ve been exclusively breastfeeding as well- that’s why I find it to be easier just to have her with me as much as possible. I guess, I could have gone back about 3 weeks post partum- but was happy to have the last two weeks. I had a vaginal birth with a high internal tear and an episiotomy. If you have any questions, feel free to message me. It’s hard with a little one, but doable!

Post # 25
891 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

When I was in nursing school, one of my classmates’ water broke on Thursday after class. She delivered that day, and came back to class the next Tuesday. She did just fine.

It’s doable, for sure, but I personally wouldn’t do it.

Post # 26
1263 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

My Darling Husband was able to take 6 weeks of FMLA leave, so he was able to watch the baby while I went back to school. I was in a two year radiologic technology program, I went back to class (all day twice a week) two weeks after I gave birth, and was back to clinicals (the other three days a week all day) six weeks after I gave birth. I had a c-section. Also, I didn’t breast feed because I knew my schedule would be too hectic. It definitely sucked but it’s do-able. The worst part was baby starting daycare at 6 weeks old, I would never want to do that again.

Post # 27
2473 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Honestly attending the class physically wouldn’t be what I would be worried about…. It would be finding the time for studying and having the energy/mental capacity to absorb info (If there’s assignments/tests) etc.

id say at least 2-3 weeks to attend (for me personally I was sore for a long time and a lot of pp bleeding for 8w) but as I was saying… Babies are up feeding every 2-3 hours and I was running on zero sleep for months and I was a zombie. I applaud you for doing this but I won’t lie it will be tough! 

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