Amy Schumer has posted a heartfelt note with two adorable snaps, marking five months with baby Gene and opening up a conversation with other working mums.
The star began working when Gene was three-months-old and says it has helped her appreciate motherhood.
She wrote, "5 months today and like all mums I love him so much it hurts. I'm feeling strong and good and like I'm still a human being with interests and ambitions and goals I'm excited to reach."
Then she describes how it has been for her going back to work.
"It's felt good to be back at work. I was so worried about it and was afraid to go back after he was 3 months old. A couple days I've cried from missing him. But it's mostly good to be back and the breaks energise me to be a better mom and appreciate our time even more."
Then she asks her followers to describe their experiences, while acknowledging she has more means than most when it comes to help to care for Gene.
"I have it a lot easier than many people but I wanted to share my experience. What was your going back to work experience?"
5 months today and like all moms I love him so much it hurts. Im feeling strong and good and like I’m still a human being with interests and ambitions and goals I’m excited to reach. It’s felt good to be back at work. I was so worried about it and was afraid to go back after he was 3 months old. A couple days I’ve cried from missing him. But it’s mostly good to be back and the breaks energize me to be a better mom and appreciate our time even more. I have it a lot easier than many people but I wanted to share my experience. 🥰 what was your going back to work experience?
The post inspired replies from other famous mums including Drew Barrymore, Christy Turlington, Jenna Hager, Krysten Ritter and close friend Jessica Seinfeld.
Schumer was also pictured in Seinfeld's bathroom in a throwback photo of the moment she discovered she was pregnant with Gene.
The post struck a chord with Will and Grace star Debra Messing.
"Oh he's incredible," Messing wrote.
"I went back to W&G but was lucky I could bring him everyday so every bathroom break I'd hold him and I was able to breastfeed."
She continued, "But on show night? Omg, my body hurt from his absence. I felt a physical yearning, and I questioned myself, and felt guilty, and would cry. It was hard. I'd feel such moments of joy making people laugh. I'd get lost in the work and it energised me and empowered me. And then I'd get home and literally sprint to his crib and rock him, feeling like I was HOME.
"It's hard, being a working mum. But I believe that we are better mums when we are able to do what fulfils us. One hour at a time, Amy."
Schumer was criticised when she performed a stand-up set on stage just two weeks after giving birth. Some said it was too early.
"I'm sorry. What?! Didn't you birth a human like 5 minutes ago?" commented one person, while another wrote, "Already???? That's insane!!! And inhumane. Contract or not you need to be allowed at least 6 weeks for maternity."
But in classic Schumer style she clapped back with her signature wit, writing, "I've always wanted to be mum shamed!!!!"
Schumer welcomed Gene with husband Chris Fischer on May 6, posting, "10:55 pm last night. Our royal baby was born." It was a nod to Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who welcomed baby Archie the same day.