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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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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.Read more ›
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 kellymom.com and askdrsears.com for more pumping resources !!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book! Perfect for all new working Moms - great to read while pumping!Published 1 month ago by LRF1011
Loved this book. I heard about it at a class. The authors did a great job of providing both valid info and life stories.Published 1 month ago by Kelsey Heitz
Absolutely loved this book! It had me crying, laughing and everything in between. This is my 4th child and you would think going back to work would get easier every time, but it... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Crystal
nice book. great to read what other moms go through during this hard time.Published 7 months ago by Holly S.
Enjoyed learning about other moms' experiences, but not much practical advice here. As much as it claims to be transcripts of real women's communications with each other, the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by chelzi
This book was recommended in a parenting magazine at my doctor's office. It definitely saved my sanity as I was learning to brest feed my daughter. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amanda C. Reynolds
I am expecting my first child in a few months with plans of going back to work after 8 weeks of leave. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Allison S.