Friday, July 02, 2010

Breast Pumps and Briefcases: Breastfeeding for the Working Mom (Giveaway)

I remember having to go back to the office after my first two children were born. It was torture! I was very fortunate to find a daycare provider to give my boys lots of tender loving care in her home, but it still didn’t make it any easier to leave them. My sons thrived with their caregiver, but I also made sure that I left an important part of me with them each day (besides plenty of hugs and kisses): my breast milk! It wasn’t easy, especially when it came to finding a private place and time to pump my milk at work, but I’m proud that I accomplished it and was able to give my babies all of the nutrition I could provide.

At that time, I had to figure things out by trial and error. For instance, I learned that the cheap breast pump I bought (manual, one-sided) wasn’t the most efficient way to express my milk. If I did it over again, I would invest in a high-quality electric pump. But there were very few resources available at that time (my boys are now 20 and 17) to fill me in on those important details. Fortunately, there’s now a terrific CD available for those of you who will be combining a return to the workplace with nursing. It’s called Breast Pumps and Briefcases: Breastfeeding for the Working Mom, and it’s hosted by Shari Criso, a Registered Nurse, Certified Nurse Midwife, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and nationally recognized parenting educator and entrepreneur. She is also the mother of two amazing breastfed daughters!

If you’re expecting a baby and plan to return to the workplace and breastfeed, I highly recommend Breast Pumps and Briefcases. You’ll also want to consult this resource if you’ve already returned to work, but are having trouble making the adjustment as a breastfeeding mom. Shari covers topics such as purchasing a breast pump, making arrangements with your employer, developing a pumping schedule, maintaining your milk supply, storing your breast milk, and much more. You’ll feel like you’re listening to a friend as Shari reassures listeners that they can breastfeed their baby while working and let go of the anxiety of combining two worlds.

You can find Breast Pumps and Briefcases at www.mybabyexperts.com, along with a ton of other breastfeeding and other parenting-related advice. This is a must-read site for anyone who is breastfeeding or planning to nurse their baby!

GIVEAWAY

Shari Criso has generously offered a complimentary copy of her Breast Pumps and Briefcases CD to one lucky reader! To enter, leave a comment about breastfeeding on this post. If you’re pregnant, do you have a question about breastfeeding? Are you worried about something? If you’ve breastfed before, do you have any tips to share? Did you find it easy or difficult, and why? You must do this first step to enter the giveaway.

You can earn optional, additional entries by:

- Following Shari Criso (@sharicriso) and Susan Heim on Parenting on Twitter (@ParentingAuthor) and tweeting about this giveaway. You may tweet this giveaway twice a day. (Please space them at least an hour apart.) Leave a separate comment with the URL of each tweet. (It’s easy to tweet this giveaway by using the Bookmark button at the bottom of this post. 1 entry per tweet.)

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One winner will be randomly selected from the qualified comments received by Friday, July 16, 2010, at midnight ET. Please leave an email address on one of your comments if it’s not available on your Blogger profile. Winners must respond within 72 hours or another winner will be drawn. Contest is open only to US residents.

CONTEST CLOSED. Congratulations to the winner, Henria O.!





DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of this CD to facilitate this review. No other compensation was provided.

11 comments:

  1. My daughter is 8 months old and I've returned to work. I pump everyday at my lunch break and I must say that it's not the most convenient thing. My constant worry is producing an adequate supply of milk. But so far, it seems to be going well.
    sazzyfrazz at gmail dot com

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  2. I follow via GFC!
    sazzyfrazz at gmail dot com

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  3. I'm an email subscriber!
    sazzyfrazz at gmail dot com

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  4. Joined the mailing list at MyBabyExperts.com!
    sazzyfrazz at gmail dot com

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  5. Anonymous7:42 PM

    Support is extremely important while breastfeeding, mom can do it alone, she needs the support from her partner and her employer when she returns to work.
    saraymurillo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  6. Anonymous7:44 PM

    I'm already on the mailing list at MyBabyExperts.com

    saraymurillo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  7. Anonymous7:47 PM

    I already follow you and @sharicriso
    @mothersutopia

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  8. Anonymous12:43 PM

    I follow your blog through google friends, Mother's Utopia

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  9. I follow Susan Heim via GFC ~busiemommie

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  10. I subscribe to Susan Heim via email

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  11. I have a 4 month old and I have been pumping at work since he was 8 weeks old. I pump twice a day at work and while my employer is very supportive and let's me do it on the clock, I feel very guilty over all the time I spend not doing work things because of it.

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