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Work. Pump. Repeat : the new mom's survival guide to breastfeeding and going back to work
Work. Pump. Repeat : the new mom's survival guide to breastfeeding and going back to work
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Publisher Info:
New York, NY : Abrams Image, [2015]
Physical Description:
208 pages ; 24 cm
Getting ready for the insanity -- Your boobs at work -- Road trip! -- Oh sh*t : what to do when things go wrong.


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Material Type
649.33 SHOR New or Popular Book Adult Nonfiction

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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

Author Notes

Jessica Shortall is a mother of two with a career dedicated to business and doing good. During her breast pump years, Jessica was the director of giving for TOMS Shoes. She holds an MBA from Oxford University.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 10
Section 1 Getting Ready for The Insanity
1 The Basics of Making Milkp. 19
2 Meet Your Pumpp. 23
3 Pumping Schoolp. 33
4 Bottles and Freezer Stashp. 37
5 Pumping Couturep. 54
6 Breastfeeding Rights at Workp. 58
Section 2 Your Boobs at Work
7 What You'll Need at Workp. 65
8 Talking to Your Boss About Your Breastsp. 75
9 Time, Privacy, and Awkward Coworkersp. 96
10 Pumping in Strange Placesp. 108
Section 3 Road Trip!
11 Doing Your Business on a Business Tripp. 125
12 The Mile-High Milk Clubp. 130
13 Traveling with Your Babyp. 141
Section 4 Oh Sh*y: What to Do When Things Go Wrong
14 Supply and Supplementingp. 149
15 Weaningp. 158
16 Surviving Disastersp. 169
17 All the Feelingsp. 186
18 Resourcesp. 204