Breastfeeding moms who are going to work outside of their homes can use strategies for making it work. Here are some books which provide that support. Not every strategy works for every working mom. You need as many options as possible. Check these out: “Working Without Weaning: a Working Mother’s Guide to Breastfeeding” by Kirsten Berggren. Written by a lactation consultant who belonged to a group of working moms. Her friends swapped strategies about what worked for them. Recommended to me by a local hospital lactation consultant: “The Milk Memos: How Real moms Learned to Mix Business with Babies and How You Can, Too”. Milk Memos are funny to read as well as helpful. On the La Leche League Website you can find “Of Cradles & Careers: A Guide to Reshaping Your Job to Include a Baby in Your Life. There is the inspirational book: “Hirkani’s Daughters: Women Who Scale Modern Mountains to Combine Breastfeeding and Working”. Hirkani’s Daughters is a compilation of mother’s stories of how they made breastfeeding and working outside the home happen.
If you are a breastfeeding woman and you plan to return to work, you will do yourself a favor with these books. You don’t have to re-invent the wheel. Other mothers’ wisdom and experience can help you choose what is right for you and your baby.