The Milk Memos: How Real Moms Learned to Mix Business with Babies-and How You Can, Too (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Mar 15, 2007 - Health & Fitness - 384 pages
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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.


  

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Great advice from real working moms. - Goodreads
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It is chock full of practical tips. - Goodreads

Review: The Milk Memos: How Real Moms Learned to Mix Business with Babies-and How You Can, Too

User Review  - Ania - Goodreads

Good book and quick read for any new mom who will be going back to work. I enjoyed it and think it would have been even better if I read it a year ago when I was just coming back to work. Read full review

Review: The Milk Memos: How Real Moms Learned to Mix Business with Babies-and How You Can, Too

User Review  - Kristin - Goodreads

Literal copies of notes passed back and forth between a group of mothers pumping daily in the lactation room (closet) at IBM interspersed with some additional knowledge and tips expanding upon the ... Read full review

Contents

HELPING YOUR BABY SLEEP THROUGH THE NIGHT
THREE IN THE BED
MAKING A CHANGE
MAMA KNOWS BEST
A LIFE OF THEIR OWN
CALL THE PLUMBER
READ THIS WHILE SITTING DOWN
CRACKED UP

ON YOUR MARK GET SET PUMP
WHAT TO BRING
MAMMARY MISSION
WHEN TO PUMP
PUMPING LIKE A PRO
OVER THE HUMP
BREASTPUMPS 101
BREAK OPEN THE PIGGY BANK
CLEANING CALAMITIES
SHARE AND SHARE ALIKE?
OUCH
CAN YOU HAVE IT ALL?
TWO WORLDS COLLIDE
A MOTHERS GUILT
MILK MAMAS UNITE
CREATURE COMFORTS
CANT HURT TO ASK
DARE TO DREAM
HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH?
STAND PROUD
A MATTER OF TIMING
RECIPES FOR SUCCESS
FRESH AND NOT SO FRESH MILK
DONT WORRY BE HOPPY
THE GOODBYE KISS
SEEKING MARY POPPINS
HOME SWEET HOME
ALL IN THE FAMILY
NEIGHBORLY LOVE
DONT FORGET DAY CARE
THE BRIGHT SIDE
SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE DENVER DES MOINES NEW YORK
COPING AT WORK WHEN YOURE A ZOMBIE
DONT BITE THE BREAST THAT FEEDS YOU
BOTTLE BLUNDERS
STUBBORN ALL DAY NURSING ALL NIGHT
MILK MISFORTUNES
MILKMARES
KEEP IT IN PERSPECTIVE
WHY DO WE DO IT?
FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
THE FLIP SIDE
MIXED BLESSING
ITS ALL ABOUT THE MUTE BUTTON
LEAVING ON A JET PLANE
CARRYON LUGGAGE
A WORD ABOUT DRY ICE
BABY ON BOARD
TELL IT LIKE IT IS
CAUGHT IN THE ACT
LOST YOUR KEYS AGAIN?
THE BOOBY TRAP
HANG IN THERE
HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE MOMS
THE MOTHERHOOD PENALTY
HEADS HELD HIGH
ONE BAD EGG
POOPED OUT NEED PAMPERING
PATTYCAKE MOM VERSUS CAREER MOM
WHEN TO WEAN
DONT QUIT COLD TURKEY
ANOTHER BUN IN THE OVEN?
COMING ATTRACTIONS
THE MILK MEMOS LESSON
THE MILK MEMOS DREAM
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