The following are some excellent books that offer great information and support for breastfeeding mothers who are employed outside the home:
- Nursing Mother, Working Mother by Gale Pryor
- Hirkani's Daughters: Women Who Scale Modern Mountains To Combine Breastfeeding And Working by Jennifer Hicks (Lone Star Ma has an essay in this one)
- The Milk Memos by Cate Colburn-Smith and Andrea Serrette.
It is important to tell our stories. The personal is political. We support each other more than we ever know when we share our stories.
I think I may have pumped breastmilk in almost every public building in this city that has been around for longer than 10 years - probably not really, but it sure seems that way! I always had jobs where there were lots of meetings in those years and the challenges were many, but we pulled it off.
Do you have any pumping stories to share? Please share them in the comments section!
I found my support through a private group on facebook with 9,800 members! I exclusively pump for my little one and I dont feel like there'a a lot of info out there for mom's in this situation but this group has been a life saver!
Thankfully, my company has been very supportive of pumping at work, they give me whatever time I need but they dont really have a good private space to pump (I got walked in on by a client(!) my first week back to work). I really wish more companies/offices/schools would have a special designated place for pumping mommas.
Thank you so much for your story! Finding private places is really hard. I remember I used to lend my office to staff at my old workplace who did not have their own private office, but I would still get walked in on in other places, like City Hall (hey, I posted a sign, dudes)!
Do you subscribe to that PumpMoms listserv? I'm not sure if it is still out there but it was when I still pumped.
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