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Work. Pump. Repeat.: The New Mom's Survival Guide to Breastfeeding and Going Back to Work Hardcover – September 8, 2015
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I wish I had gotten this and read it earlier than the week before I returned to work. My first day back was chaotic and stressful, but it would have been even worse if I hadn't read this first. It gave me the confidence to pump wherever and be prepared for it. It also made the very real confession that most working moms end up using at least some formula, which is relaxing some of my self-imposed pressure to match every ounce she drinks while also trying to build a freezer stash.
One thing I still haven't seen addressed anywhere is what to do if you and your baby are fighting a thrush yeast infection. We have been trying to kill the stubborn little buggers from the very beginning and I was told not to freeze any milk for future use, since it would just re-introduce the yeast infection. Well, I'm back at work now, so there is no way to keep feeding breast milk unless I build up at least a little stash. The author's suggestion of feeding a few ounces of formula so you can freeze a meal's milk was helpful for this.
Another possibility for a future chapter addition would be what to do if you can't pump as often at work as you would normally breastfeed. I get 3 30-minute sessions at my office's Mother's Room to harvest for 5 missed feedings. I don't always hit my quota in that limited time, and have to add a pumping session at night after she goes to bed, or pump extra on the weekend. Some ideas for how to manage this without creating an oversupply problem would be nice.
I'm still on maternity leave but I'll update this post as soon as I'm back applying everything I've learned from it!