I don't really ever get a break! My daughter's father is not around.
I live with my mother, and she has looked after my daughter *very* occasionally - say, two or three times - with the longest period being for three and a half hours. To be fair, my mother works full-time and is a shift-worker so it can be hard for her to be free when I'd like her to help. Also, my daughter is still breastfeeding and I really hate expressing, so obviously that has limited how long she can be left for, but she's nine months old now so we're coming to end of that.
My brother and sister live in the same city as me - both under half an hour away. My brother volunteered to babysit once but my daughter started crying as I was leaving so he chickened out and wouldn't let me leave. I asked my sister to babysit once (she is a teacher so has more free time than anyone else, this was in the summer) as I had urgent things to do, so she was looking after my daughter in my house and I was there too, but she did absolutely nothing and I ended up looking after my daughter myself, as well as even making tea etc for my sister!
I am studying so do this in the evening after my daughter has gone to bed. If I wasn't studying then this would be my break time, as she is in a really good habit of going to bed at 7:00pm and not getting up again. I am supposed to be studying right now!
I'm not bothered about going out in the evenings as I have few friends to go out with. I moved to a new area when I was 33 weeks pregnant and have made a lot of friends through coffee groups, Parents Centre, Plunket, etc, but they're all in relationships so I see my mum friends during the day and I don't mind that I can't go out in the evening. But it would be nice to be able to even go shopping or whatever by myself.