The practical, relatable, and humorous guide to surviving the difficult, awkward, and rewarding job of being a breastfeeding, working mom.
Meet the frenemy of every working, breastfeeding mother: the breast pump. Many women are beyond “breast is best” and on to figuring out how to make milk while returning to demanding jobs. Work. Pump. Repeat. is the first book to give women what they need to know beyond the noise of the “Mommy Wars” and judgment on breastfeeding choices. Jessica Shortall shares the nitty-gritty basics of surviving the working world as a breastfeeding mom, offering a road map for negotiating the pumping schedule with colleagues, navigating business travel, and problem-solving when forced to pump in less-than-desirable locales. Drawing on the war stories, hacks, and humor of working moms, and on her own stories from her demanding job and travel in developing countries, she gives women moral support for dealing with the stress and guilt that come with juggling working and breastfeeding. As she tells the reader in her witty, inspiring manifesto, “Your worth as a mother is not measured in ounces.”
2015 Axiom Business Book Award Winner (Silver) in the category of Women/Minorities
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Read this book before you go on maternity leave
I am a planner and an organizer and while I'm still on maternity leave I've been wracking my brain about where I will pump when I go back to work. I'm a contracted employee who works in a hospital and we don't have a designated area. I wish I would've read this book before I went on leave cause I would've found a place prior. I've been a big ball of stress about this whole process until I read this book. This book will take that enormous guilt elephant off your chest. It will all work out. And if it doesn't that's ok to. That right there was everything to me. This is a must read for any working mama.