adventures in breastfeeding
From short nipples to pumping in public, some surprising nursing challenges and how fIVE women overcame them
What the expert says: “I tell moms that when they’re at work, they’re in a strange place for pumping, which can make it more difficult to express their milk,” Petok says. Women in a formal work environment should create a ritual to help them pump their milk more efficiently: Arrange an official break, drink a glass of water, listen to music, gaze at a photograph of the baby. But the most important thing is that women pump often while at work—preferably at the same times their babies normally nurse.
“The fact that my son
was able to have a conversation with me
about my lingerie made me wonder whether
it was time to wean.”
— Susan Hayden