Colburn-Smith and Serrette aim to make the impossible a little less so with their guide for working nursing moms. "We are thoroughly convinced," they write, "that you don't have to choose between having a career and being a great mom." The genesis of the book was in a tiny lactation room at IBM, where an impromptu mothers' group formed. Pumping away in the former janitor's closet, the IBM moms communicated with each other through notebooks about their struggles, woes and joys. Sections of the notebooks are reproduced, interwoven with practical advice. While at times the book reads like an ad for Medela breast pumps, the guidance is sound. Choosing child care, spilled breast milk, picking the right pump, evil bosses, plugged ducts, low milk production (breasts that turn out to be "Milk Duds") and the like are written about both informatively and humorously. In this solid resource, Colburn-Smith and Serrette do their best to be all-inclusive, careful not to judge those who supplement with formula or decide to wean before the baby's first birthday. (Mar.)Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Writing for women who are trying to balance their commitment to their careers with their desire to love and nurture a newborn child, IBM executives Colburn-Smith and Serrette have compiled this journal/guidebook on successfully blending the two. Empathetic and often humorous, they relate their adventures of pumping breast milk at work, getting enough sleep, and finding the right day-care solution. Per the book's title, the book centers on breastfeeding and examines the intricacies of the art—making sure the baby gets enough to eat, storing pumped milk, and healing sore breasts. Nursing mothers, whether working or staying at home, will find camaraderie and assistance. Recommended for public libraries.