To give you realistic advice: in your shoes I would consider going back to work part-time. I don't like labels but I too favour the more attached parenting style. And it is perfectly possible to do both. The great thing about breastfeeding an older child is that your milk supply is established and you can — if you so wish — be away from your child and feed him when you come home again.
You can still co-sleep until such time as that no longer works for any of you. None of that has to change because you go back to work. The problem with taking more time off, as I see it, is that you may not be able to conceive a second child within the time frame you give yourself. And then you might become stressed because you are eating into your time off. Better, I think, to return to work if you can get a timetable that fits your needs, then take more time off when you have your second child.
I do have personal baggage to declare: I've seen too many women sacrifice everything for motherhood and be left with very little when the children leave home. My in-tray is full of stories at the other end of this phase of life, when the children have left home. And, not least, it is a heavy burden for a child to carry. Think how you would feel if your role was to be a substitute for all those things a woman has to sacrifice to be a mother.
I believe motherhood is a really important job but it needn't be to the exclusion of all else. Remember, nothing is for ever. If you go back to work and it doesn't go well, you can still take that career break. Is your babe walking yet?
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