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The Work-Pump Grind

The work-pump grind might be a big factor in why nearly 75% of nursing moms stop breastfeeding by 6months. 
USA Today reported what many nuring moms already know: transitioning back to work is hard enough, and pumping makes things even more complicated. 
Ashley May wrote “Most American moms return to work just a few weeks after giving birth, and the decision to continue breastfeeding usually means they will need to pump. Initially, they have to talk to their employer about breaking three to four times daily to go into a room, partially undress, piece pump parts together, hook up to a machine, […]

The Raising of America

Something I didn’t even realize I was doing: the raising of America – although it’s what moms and dads have been doing since before 1776. We’ve been raising the future generations of the United States. 
Yet as one of the most powerful and richest countries in the world, why is it so hard to raise a family? The stress and financial burdens are stunting the development of new families across the country. Could these stressors go away if we shifted our culture, or offered better maternity and child care options?
I was offered to watch part of documentary series that explores […]

Pump On Business Trip

Second Time Mom: Keeping Up the Milk Supply

Being a second time mom was sometimes easier, and sometimes harder.  It was easier for me to understand that when I had to travel for work, my kids were in good, loving hands.  I’m fortunate to have a very caring and dedicated granny-nanny that my kids just adore.
For me, this second time around has been harder to keep my life balanced.  I had more day-job work, including several business trips that kept me away for up to a week at a time.  I miss my kids like crazy, and then also have to manage a round-the-clock pumping schedule to […]

Reflections for International Women’s Day

I couldn’t strike today; I had to go to my day job. Yet, I know I’m lucky that I could do that. 
I’m a minority woman with a master degree. The mere fact that I was able to go to school and choose the work I wanted to do makes me feel fortunate, because I’m pretty sure my maternal ancestors didn’t have the same choice. 
Sure it was a different system for them: British-ruled Hong Kong in the mid-20th century.  But you could even say 10 years ago was a different time; a time BSP (before smart phones). 
Tonight I reflect on […]

10+ Travel Tips for Pumping Moms

Alone in a bed. A bathtub all to myself. Coffee on demand. This is a dream…no.  This is a business trip. And it’s real.
Many moms who have pumped breastmilk will agree that pumping is generally stressful. Throw in a business trip and the logistics then become extremely complex. But if you’re looking forward to sleeping in bed, alone, uninterrupted – then here are a few tips to make your travel plans a little easier. The list below could accommodate a 1-2 night trip.
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5 Tips to Successful Pumping at Work

Originally published on Philly Baby Bump.
Spectra S2 Double Electric Pump
Going back to work after maternity leave, let alone pumping at work, was difficult. I stressed about my baby in daycare; I stressed about how much baby was eating; wondering how much he might cry or sleep. I also stressed about my performance at work; about commuting; about pumping milk.
If I was going to keep nursing and pumping, I knew I had to make it as easy as I could at work. There are now a record number of American moms that are breastfeeding, but there is a significant drop […]