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Marissa Mayer Returns To Yahoo Two Weeks After Baby — Too Soon?

Wed, October 17, 2012 5:00pm EDT by 2 Comments
Marissa Mayer Returns To Yahoo
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Marissa Mayer has controversially returned to work as the CEO of Yahoo only two weeks after giving birth to her first baby. spoke with two physiological experts who weighed in how the short maternity leave will affect Marissa’s baby — and their future relationship as mother and son.

On Sept. 30, Marissa Mayerthe CEO of Yahoo, gave birth to a healthy baby boy. Just two weeks later, she returned to her demanding job after what can only be described as a very brief maternity leave. spoke to experts EXCLUSIVELY about what a short maternity leave means for her baby — and if it’s the right move for the high-powered working mom.

On Oct. 16, Marissa tweeted, “My first full day back in the office, and I’m excited to kick it off by announcing my new COO, Henrique de Castro,” confirming her return to her CEO post.

She originally promised to have a short maternity leave, and told Fortune magazine in July, “My maternity leave will be a few weeks long and I’ll work throughout it.”

Marissa as it all — she’s a highly-successful business woman with a great husband and now a baby — but is she neglecting her child in favor of her job? Many believe the short time away from work will affect 37-year-old Marissa’s relationship with her child in the long run.

Dr. Susan Abbott, Assistant Clinical Professor Psychiatry Mount Sinai School of Medicine, agrees that two weeks is less than the norm.

“Generally 6 – 12 weeks is an appropriate amount of time to take off work after having a baby,” she said. “However, there is no set answer. Every woman is different.”

Dr. Abbott believes that Marissa must take certain measures to have a good relationship with her child.

“It will be harder for them to bond if they are far away from each other,” she said. “It really depends on how much face time, and how much interaction she has with her son. She must soothe him. If she can pull that off, without needing much sleep, then she can make it work.”

But Dr. Jenn Berman, author of SuperBaby: 12 Ways to Give Your Child a Head Start in the First 3 Years of Life, believes the CEO can have it all.

“Other women are very quick to judge other women. Women know how to mother their own children best. She may feel that going out and supporting her family financially is the best way to take care of them,” she said.

“All children need is a consistent, loving caretaker and that does not necessarily need to be the mother – it could be the father or a great nanny.”

As a woman of many resources, we’re sure Marissa has an amazing support system and qualified caretakers. But tell us what YOU think HollyMoms!

Is two weeks too short for a maternity leave? Sound off in the comments below!

–Eleanore Hutch