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The Milk Memos: How Real Moms Learned to Mix Business with Babies-and How You Can, Too Paperback – March 15, 2007

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher; 3.2.2007 edition (March 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585425443
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585425440
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Colburn-Smith and Serrette aim to make the impossible a little less so with their guide for working nursing moms. "We are thoroughly convinced," they write, "that you don't have to choose between having a career and being a great mom." The genesis of the book was in a tiny lactation room at IBM, where an impromptu mothers' group formed. Pumping away in the former janitor's closet, the IBM moms communicated with each other through notebooks about their struggles, woes and joys. Sections of the notebooks are reproduced, interwoven with practical advice. While at times the book reads like an ad for Medela breast pumps, the guidance is sound. Choosing child care, spilled breast milk, picking the right pump, evil bosses, plugged ducts, low milk production (breasts that turn out to be "Milk Duds") and the like are written about both informatively and humorously. In this solid resource, Colburn-Smith and Serrette do their best to be all-inclusive, careful not to judge those who supplement with formula or decide to wean before the baby's first birthday. (Mar.)
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This book made me both laugh and cry.
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I highly recommend any new nursing mom heading back to work to read this book.
Great book on pumping, working, and overall support with breast feeding.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mamma Ro on September 16, 2008
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This book is a "must have" for any nursing mommas going back to work and hoping to continue the breastfeeding relationship. I wish I had had this book when my first daughter was born and I went back to work. I felt so alone in my extremely challenging endeavor of pumping and working. If I had had this book, I would have felt supported, vindicated, inspired, and most of all, would have had the collective wisdom of other women who've learned how to make it work.

I now plan to buy this book for all my friends who are having babies and planning to continue their careers out of the home. I would also recommend Working Without Weaning but if you're only going to buy one book, this one will tell you most everything you need and it's so darn affordable! It's also well written and backed up by research.

Hurray for a couple of super-moms who managed to pump AND work AND somehow find time to write a book! Most books are written by stay-at-home moms who could never understand the pump/work dynamic. (No offense to them but even my local LLL leader couldn't help me because she has never experienced working out of the home 40 hrs/wk, away from her baby, dealing with pumping and storing milk and all the rest.

This book covers everything from starting the breastfeeding relationship on the right foot, introducing bottles, buying the right pump, negotiating time/space with your employer, sleep-deprivation, anxiety about being separated from your baby, the challenge of juggling career and family priorities, the challenge of being perceived as "less productive" at work now that you're juggling everything else. It has a nice balance of informative narrative from the authors, interspersed between the journal entries of the "Milk Mamas" group sharing the lactation room at IBM.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Brisson on January 30, 2012
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This book was a good read and was certainly written in a way that is not too scientific and allows any mother to recognize herself in it. If this is the only book you read, it will give you information decent enough to take out on your pumping trip. However, if you have read any other book, you will find this one redundant and some of the topics plain... certainly not topics that a pumping mom would address in a post-it note.

The book gets a 4 star because I have found comfort in knowing that other moms went through this, reading about it, and I did like the humor in the book. I have also appreciated the sneak-peak preview of the pumping reality at work. I liked the factual info about how much was needed in the fridge before going back to work, and some ideas (that I used while travelling) as to how to pump when you do not have a place to do so.

However, I think this books lacked important information. In the fiction-style of the book : how come for instance no woman in this book use a hands-free bra for pumping ? This is must-have if you're going to use your pump 2 to 4 times a day. Why would no woman rent or own a hospital grade pump and talk about it ? Why don't they talk about the resources you can use (books, internet, or hints) to deal with over/under supply ? Why don't they talk about days with (big supply) and days without (low supply) and that's it's normal and how to handle it ?

while I did like the read and did find some info I found in no other place, I feel this book is still incomplete as a pumping resource. Don't hesitate to check and for more pumping resources !!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence J. Galardi on March 22, 2007
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Every employee in Corporate America focuses on how to balance their work chaos and with their life chaos. As someone who is obviously NOT a working mother, I read The Milk Memos as both poignant and hilarious -- detailing with a rich storytelling that it is entirely possible to literally nurture both family and career. The two authors are obviously writing from their own first-hand experiences, as well as those of their colleagues who are featured in the book. From those experiences, we see that there's something very telling which goes beyond the book's primary premise (the personal trials, tribulations and triumphs of mothers returning to work after maternity leave).

After reading excerpts, it was clear that this book maps how real life and work intersect. It also underscores the powerful bond of networking. As a people manager, this book helps reinforce for me that life experiences matter. They have to be grasped and enbraced when managing diverse teams. It's a new competitive game today, with a new demanding workforce. The best way for companies to win and succeed in what has become an intensifying competitive marketplace is to have a workforce that feels wanted, respected and nurtured.

The Milk Memos, though looking at just one aspect of that diverse workforce (mothers just back from maternity leave), does exactly that. It's a great read for anyone looking to strike a balance between office work and outside home life -- whether you're a working mother, a single Dad, an empty nester, a family builder or even someone without kids.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lesley Carrigan on April 4, 2007
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I am the only pumping mom in my office. This book helped me feel not so alone. I am determined to pump for the full first year and now I feel that I can do it more then ever. I even joined the on-line forum to help get more support and ideas from other moms. I would suggest this book to any mom who plans on pumping and working.
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