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

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Penguin, Mar 15, 2007 - Family & Relationships - 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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User Review  - stubbyfingers - LibraryThing

I found this book to be both inspirational and reassuring. Geared towards mothers who are returning to work, really I'd recommend it for anybody who has to use a breast pump for any reason. Read full review

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User Review  - PinkLadies - LibraryThing

This is a must read for all working and pumping moms. It promotes breastfeeding and what better way can it be done if not through mother-to-mother support? I enjoyed reading the journal entries of the ... Read full review


first day back
pump and circumstance
blend until smooth
home away from hom
milk duds
nanny 911
crying over spilled milk
breastmilk for the soul
working from home
businessclass blues
indecent exposure
brain drain
detour ahead
the graduate

sleeping like a baby
stressed breast
battle strike
big news

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About the author (2007)

Cate Colburn-Smith is the co-author of The Milk Memos: How Real Moms Learned to Mix Business With Babies—and How You Can, Too. She graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in business, and works as a marketing executive at IBM. Colburn-Smith lives in Colorado with her husband and two daughters.

Andrea Serrette is the co-author of The Milk Memos: How Real Moms Learned to Mix Business With Babies—and How You Can, Too. She graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder and has more than 17 years of experience in marketing, branding, and content. She currently works as a senior manager at Ricoh USA and lives in Colorado with her husband and children.

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