11 September 2008

Book Review: The Milk Memos

I just finished reading The Milk Memos: How Real Moms Learned to Mix Business With Babies--And How You Can, Too by Cate Colburn-Smith and Andrea Serrette. I wish I had read this book before I returned to work from maternity leave, but fortunately, I had plenty of support from my partner and co-workers, one of which just finished nursing her daughter and pumped at work as well. There is lots of good advice in this book, from how to survive the first week back, finding a private place and time to pump at work, and even all the way to discussing weaning. The book is based on notebook entries that were started at IBM by women pumping milk in their lactation room. The book has notebook entries interspersed with real advice and facts. The authors are non-biased with regards to how long a woman chooses to pump and nurse and whether or not they switch or supplement with formula. There are also anecdotes about forgetting pump parts and leaking milk. But what touched me the most was realizing that I'm not alone in feeling torn about returning to work and still being a mommy as much as I can. There is good advice about how to handle it and keep your sanity. I recommend this book and rate it 9 out of 10.


Cate Colburn-Smith said...

Hi there!
It's Cate Colburn-Smith here, co-author of The Milk Memos. I have a google alert that tells me when The Milk Memos comes up on blogs, etc. So I was thrilled to read your review!! I'm glad you liked the book, especially the fact that you related to the experience of being torn between returning to work and remaining true to your mommy self (and BabyBoy!). I am totally impressed that you find time to blog on top of everything else! All the best to you, your partner, and your beautiful son!

Spica said...

Hi Cate,
Wow, I'm honored that you have dropped by! I write these book reviews mostly for myself and didn't really imagine the authors reading them. But the web is a small world! And it is true that it is difficult to find time to blog. It was easier when I was unemployed, but life has gotten hectic again now that I have a new job. Thanks for your kind wishes.