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The Milk Memos: How Real Moms Learned to Mix Business with Babies-and How You Can, Too
This one-of-a-kind guide to balancing motherhood and work is based on actual journals kept by a group of IBM women during their visits to the company's employee lactation room.
It all began when IBM manager Cate Colburn-Smith sat down in the company's employee lactation room, shed a few silent tears, and wrote the following on a paper towel: I'm a new mom and today is my first day back at work. Is anyone else using this room?
Right away women responded, and the paper towel was eventually replaced by a series of notebooks, in which women offered one another advice and support on juggling work and a newborn. Based on the original notebooks, The Milk Memos is a heartwarming, encouraging (and often hilarious!) guide to working motherhood.
It's one of the most existential moments any woman will face: sitting in a small room tucked away in the bowels of your company, pumping breast milk for a child so close to your heart-yet, at that moment, so far away. The Milk Memos records the voices of mothers who, while struggling with the difficulties of blending their two lives, prove that women don't have to choose between work and family. Their thoughts on how it can be done will inspire women everywhere. This invaluable book weaves the actual Milk Memos journal entries with information-packed sections on such topics of great concern to working moms as:
- finding a private place to pump breast milk at work and establishing a routine that you can maintain despite your busy workday;
- establishing the right daycare solution;
- getting a decent night's sleep with a new baby so that you can shine (or at least glimmer!) during business hours; and
- negotiating flextime, part-time, or a job share with an employer.
The ultimate gift for any new mom who will soon return to work, The Milk Memos is destined to become a classic on the parenting shelf.
By Robyn DiFalco "neginha"
- September 16, 2008
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... read more
You don't have to be a working mom to buy this
By Lawrence J. Galardi
- March 22, 2007
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... read more
Perfect for the breastfeeding working mother!
By J. Laney
- March 29, 2007
This book is fabulous! As a soon to be second time mom who will breastfeed again, I found it to be a refreshing reminder of what is to come and helpful in that it gave me a community that I was a part of. Most breastfeeding books only cover a little bit about returning to work, one even suggested having someone bring the baby to work so you could breastfeed (YEAH right, that is practical in an office!). The Milk Memos gives you sound advice along with humor and support. I read this book in less than 24hours even having a 3 year old! I was highly entertained and wished I could be a part of their 'club'. I highly recommend this book to anyone who will be breastfeeding or even just thinking about it. It proves that it can be done and that you can make it through this special time in your child's life.
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