For Some Moms, Maternity Leave Is Just a Few Days
Having a baby is a big adjustment. That’s why companies give moms maternity leave, but more companies–and moms themselves–are shortening maternity leave, reports NBC. In a tough economic climate, companies want already overtaxed workers back as soon as possible and families worried about money hurry back to the office as quickly as they can.
According to National Center for Health Statistics, the average maternity leave in the United States is 10 weeks, but half of all new moms take just five weeks. About 25 percent take at least 9 weeks but 33 percent took no formal maternity leave, meaning they were back to work within just a few days. And the number of moms working without formal maternity leave is growing.
With women becoming the main breadwinners at home, it’s understandable that they’d worry about how much money they can afford to not be making while home with baby. But research shows a shortened maternity leave can negatively affect breastfeeding. But for women in fields like law, media and technology, they can’t really afford to be inaccessible for long periods of time. One mom who spoke to NBC reported answering emails on her Blackberry from her maternity bed.
How long was your maternity leave? Did you feel like you couldn’t take the time you needed for you and your baby?