I'm coming from a slightly different angle, I think. Last year I had a 40-hr/week job, which I turned in when I was 8 months pregnant. I also taught music on Saturday mornings for 3-4 hours. That has just started again and my daughter is now 7 weeks. I'm not away from her for long and when I am, my hubby can look after her. I'm also expressing for those times (I started giving her express feeds 1/day from 2 weeks old, so I would be able to do that), which means that hubby can feed her when I'm out but I maintain the bonding time when she needs feeds when I'm with her. It feels a bit strange, being away from her, I wouldn't be able to leave her if she wasn't with her dad, tho.