Work. Pump. Repeat.

The New Mom’s Survival Guide to Breastfeeding and Going Back to Work
Narrated by: Jessica Shortall
Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (218 ratings)

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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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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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bathroom is doable?!?!

ok, look. I am not some overly loud obnoxious pumping mom that screams that's not good enough but I JUST stopped this book and was done. Done bc this author just said that although a public bathroom is not ideal, it's "doable"... EXCUSE ME?!?! What the freaking heck?! no. it is not! it's ILLEGAL, federal law, which she says herself in this book, is that a workplace must provide a space tdd hard is NOT a bathroom. like... what the heck?!?! before this is was the "fake it till you make it" back to normal. this is not ok either!! this only adds to the delusions that new moms can survive with little to no accommodation when going back to work. I am so disappointed. she said she would be honest, tell hard truths, and no BS in this book. but omg... NO NEW MOTHER should ever be expected to be back to "normal" in the first 6 months of life. That woman is a different woman who is still capable of doing everything she was, if not more, but doing it a little differently. I just c as nt say enough about why these 2 comments are absolutely not ok I recommend another book called the 5th trimester. that book was amazing. supportive, had lots of tangible information, and validated the very real scenario of new moms and wh as t they actually go through...

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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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Very Helpful for Any New Mom!

I liked the practicality of this book and the easy to take home tips (especially pump bag packing). I also appreciated the non-judgmental nature of the book! Highly recommend to any new mom, pregnant or postpartum, whether they are pumping or about to pump.

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Perfect for New Moms!

This book is great for new working moms! My baby is due soon and I was so nervous about going back to work and breastfeeding and this book definitely stuck out to me and I’m going to exchange this title and get the paperback to have in the house. The narrating was great. So glad to hear it from your voice!

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What I needed

I read this book during a time when I was nervous and over anxious about breastfeeding my first baby. Not only did it provide reassurance in a non pushy way, but helped me think ahead to what I’ll need for when I go back to work, eased many new mom worries, and made me feel like I have a plan. Highly recommend for any mom, working or not.

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Should be required for all working moms

Honest. Real. Informative. This book spoke directly into my soul as a working mom. You'll be laughing and crying within the first 5 minutes.