The World Health Organisation recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Unnecessary introduction of bottle feeding or other food and drinks will have a negative impact on breastfeeding. After six months of age, infants should receive age appropriate foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond. Consult your doctor before deciding to use infant formula or if you have difficulty breastfeeding.
According to the Center for American Progress, nearly 4 in 10 homes have a mum who is a working mother. Although the number of working mums is increasing, ¹ studies have shown that mums are happier holding a paid job. If you need a little pick-me-up, check out these pointers on how being a mum can actually super-charge work productivity.
You Multitask Better
Besides tending to your own Supermum schedule, you’re also taking care of others at the same time; you’re looking after of your little one, fitting in date nights with your partner, trying to be a good colleague and a reliable friend to your besties…who knows how long this list can go? You learn to multitask like a champ along the way and this is where your time management skills can improve, too.
Your Empathy Increases
Your little one is a gift, but being a mum gives the great gift of all—you’ll experience a boost in empathy. With better insight of what parents go through at home, you’ll naturally understand your colleagues and subordinates better. As a significant employee of your company, your empathetic skills can help tremendously in portraying better leadership and managerial skills, too. This can also up your chances on that promotion you’ve been waiting for!
The Rise of Sense and Sensibility
As you learn the ins and outs of being a working mum, your knack for practicality naturally heightens along the way. As the saying ‘‘Time is precious’’ goes, it grounds your appreciation for it, especially when you’re trying to balance on what is important to you. At the end of the day, being sensible towards your priorities teaches you to maximise productivity, so that you can go home and spend more time with your little one.
As a modern mum, it’s important to note that to be exceptional (working or not) is to always be kind and patient with yourself. Motherhood is a long journey, so remember that your role is just as important in whatever you do, whoever you are, wherever you are.