Going back to work after having a baby? You don't have to wean your little one. In Nursing Mother, Working Mother: The Essential Guide for Breastfeeding and Staying Close to Your Baby After You Return to Work
, Gale Pryor has written a nuts-and-bolts guide for nursing and working at the same time. Pryor breast-fed each of her two children while working full-time outside the home, and her experience and voice of reassurance informs this book. She makes a strong case for breast-feeding: not only is it good for your baby, but many working women find that it is the easiest way to care for their child, and for themselves. Early chapters cover breast-feeding basics. Later chapters focus on preparing to go back to work, instructions on pumping (equipment and positioning), how to manage life at home and at work, and how to cope if you "fall apart" when your baby is six months old (common among new mothers who work outside the home). The book describes a typical day of pumping and nursing for babies of various ages, how to combine nursing and formula feeding, and how to stop leaking breasts (discreetly press on your nipples with the back of your forearms or with your elbows). Appendices include a list of resources for nursing, working mothers and a sample proposal for pumping space.
New mothers may view the involved parenting that breast-feeding requires as incompatible with commitment to a career rather than as an effective strategy for blending the two sides of their lives into a new whole. In this sensitive, insightful guide that acknowledges the concerns working mothers face, Pryor maintains that breast-feeding provides a way to bond with the baby, nurture a child's healthy growth, and gain confidence as a parent. Pryor supplements the emotional support she provides with practical tips on getting started and coping with setbacks and also with specific tasks facing working mothers, such as choosing a breast pump, integrating pumping sessions into daily work schedules, and maintaining milk supply. Kathryn Carpenter
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