Monthly Archives: September 2011

Musings of a working mom

September 23, 2011

Thanks to Ann for emailing Milk to share her experiences of being a working, nursing mom!

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I am a working mother of two. With my first, I went back to work and she (went) to daycare at less than 3 months old (!). I actually went back to work with her after 4 weeks. I had meetings in my office when she was just 4 weeks old!

I would have out-of-town meetings, so I would pump while driving. I used a poncho over my clothes, hooked up the pump before I got on the road (or stopped to set it up) and then pumped while driving. I used a hands-free nursing bra to do this. I had both a summer and a winter-weight poncho.

I pump at my office every day – lucky to have an office with a door that closes and locks – and I continue to work (sometimes). With this baby there’s Facebook (there wasn’t with my daughter) to divert my attention.

With my son, I nursed him at 5 weeks old, in a sling, during a new-client pitch meeting with one of my staffers next to me. It was interesting. The meeting ran long but when he got fussy I simply said “I’ll put him in my sling” and then proceeded to latch him on under it. We got the client. I wore a jersey wrap dress with nursing tank to the meeting – it was my only ‘good’ outfit for that stage of postpartum size.

I practiced a week earlier at a coffee shop with a friend and found my cover up scarf was insufficient, so I used my sling for the meeting (with a long tail so I draped it over him). If you’re lucky enough to take your baby to work, it’s important to practice in public but in the presence of friends, so you can feel confident that you can continue to carry on the conversation at work with a new baby.

My go-to dress is a turquoise blue “knotted waist dress” from Milk (I think I wear it at least once a week). I also have a jersey wrap dress worn over a nursing tank that I can also nurse in easily. I find nursing dresses to be the most comfortable, second would be a nursing top under a business suit jacket which offers excellent coverage.

My favorite working mom pic is of the Italian U.N. representative in her suit, with a Moby wrap over it, her sleeping daughter in the wrap. A UK newspaper ran the story last year.

Tell us your favorite nursing stories! You may email them to us at CustomerCare{at} We’d love to post them here and share them with our readers.

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Milk Nursingwear Helps Nursing Mothers in Uganda and East Africa

September 13, 2011

Josephine Nugara, an IBCLC in Uganda, contacted us this summer about her community initiative to help educate mothers in Uganda and East Africa about the value of breastfeeding their children, and asked us for our help.

Josephine is a member of the International Lacatation Consultant Association (ILCA) and is establishing a breastfeeding resource center in her village.  She says that there is a lack of supportive breastfeeding services in Uganda.  She has initiated a program of home visits to rural pregnant and nursing women, to offer them help and support with breastfeeding.

Milk was delighted to send nursing tops and dresses to Josephine to support her initiative.  Some  of the items were given to poorer rural mothers as a reward for their continued breastfeeding, and others Josephine sold to working-class locals to help raise money for her new breastfeeding center.

Milk salutes Josephine and her dedication to the pregnant and nursing mothers in her community – and is happy to support her efforts!

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