Being a new mom, I realize now how pathetic 6-8 weeks of "paid" maternity leave really is. There is no way a baby that age is going to be better off in day care in 99.9% of situations. Not to mention where I live, they don't accept babies less than three months old. Also, I am exclusively breastfeeding my baby, and I think it would be really difficult to try to pump enough milk to go back to work 5 days a week. I was lucky to get a note from my doctor extending my paid leave for a month due to some medical complications. I still am going to have to take extra time through CRFA which is unpaid, but holds my job for me and pays my health insurance, minus the co-pay. I did some research and I see that the US is one of the only first world countries with so little time off. Check out this article if you want more information. USATODAY.com%20-%20U.S.%20stands%20apart%20from%20other%20nations%20on%20m aternity%20leave.webarchive I think it is time things start to change for both our children's sakes and the mothers.View Thread
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