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Publisher's Summary

This is a practical, relatable, and humorous guide to surviving the difficult, awkward, and rewarding job of being a breastfeeding, working mother.

Meet the frenemy of every working, breastfeeding mother: the breast pump. Many women are beyond "breast is best" and on to figuring out how to make milk while returning to demanding jobs. Work. Pump. Repeat. is the first book to give women what they need to know beyond the noise of the "Mommy Wars" and judgment on breastfeeding choices. Jessica Shortall shares the nitty-gritty basics of surviving the working world as a breastfeeding mom, offering a road map for negotiating the pumping schedule with colleagues, navigating business travel, and problem-solving when forced to pump in less-than-desirable locales.

Drawing on the war stories, hacks, and humor of working moms and on her own stories from her demanding job and travel in developing countries, she gives women moral support for dealing with the stress and guilt that come with juggling working and breastfeeding. As she tells the listener in her witty, inspiring manifesto, "Your worth as a mother is not measured in ounces."

©2017 Jessica Shortall (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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gives hope

its a good read that takes stress out of going back to work and pumping.

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You give me hope!

I'm a female avionics mechanic who's about to have my IUD removed so my husband and I can start working on our third child. I pumped, finished college and had a part time job when we had our first child. I pumped, finished my master's degree and had a full time job after I had our second child. But, now since I am back to working in aviation, I'm VERY nervous about how I will be able to pump when I return to work.
Your book gives me more hope! it was just nice to be reminded that I'm not alone!
Thank you!

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Great book to read before returning to work.

Listened to this book while I was pumping. Great book to read before returning to work. Gave me lots of points on how to pump in awkward situations, what parts I needed to invest in and always have on had, and to realize that I am doing the best I can! However long we decide to pump at work, we are amazing women and it is doable!

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I felt connected

listening to this audio book while pumping during the wee hours made me feel so much better. Though I am not back at work yet, I feel it gave me a better sense of "what to expect" and hearing about the stories of other mothers gave me a sense of connection.

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great book

Loved this book! Just went back to work and have been stressing about supply. After reading this book, I have relaxed so much and gained a lot of confident and determination.

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Good resource

This resource is practical and full of personal stories. Always nice to be reminded that I am not alone on this journey!

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Supportive resource

This audiobook was not only entertainingly read, but felt extremely supportive. Filled with tips and tricks. A must read for mother’s preparing to breastfeed, whether they are preparing to become working breastfeeding mommas or not.

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stressful

I needed to learn about pumping at work, and this book had useful and practical information, but listening to the tone of voice of the author is stressful. Also, it really focuses on the "awkwardness" of breastfeeding.
Then, I started listening to it at 1.4x speed sounds fast and not stressful. I'm glad I pushed through because it has alot of practical information.

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So real

Love the voice and entire narrative of this book. So relatable and a must-read for any woman who pumps and works. Portions of it even made me tear up as i found myself in silent solidarity with so many women across the world. Thank you

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Great tips, supportive & funny

This book really would have been great as a first time pumping mom. However I found it during my second go around and listened to it more as a support book while working and pumping. There are a ton of really great tips in here including what to do when you forget the bottle lids at work! I found myself doing a target run for bags in the middle of the day. With being so short on time already I could have used an alternative.

I enjoyed the comments from other moms throughout this book. It’s funny the situations we’ve all found ourselves in and it’s nice to hear a supportive voice that keeps things lighthearted.

Highly recommend for first time moms while you’re pregnant and even a good listen during all those late night feedings or daytime naps. Second time or third or fourth moms might also enjoy this listen if not just for the support I felt when listening to stories that were similar or even worse than my situations.