Making It Work

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Making It Work

When my daughter was born three years ago, I was a stressed out and busy Marketing Manager. I was committed to breastfeeding for as long as I could, but found it challenging. In my first month back to work, I had to fly to Chicago for a three day business trip that went over the weekend. What to do? My husband and daughter went with me. While I was out wining and dining – and therefore pumping and dumping in the fancy restaurants’ bathroom stall, I’m sure the bathroom attendant thought I was shooting up – my husband was heating up breast milk using the hotel room’s coffee pot.

In hindsight, it was a totally insane time, finding ways to breastfeed while holding down a demanding job. I also had to commute from Ballard to the East side with the baby, as her daycare was just four blocks from my office. I can’t remember how many times I pulled off to the side of the 520 exit ramp to nurse.

We made it six months and only made that because we were very committed – and with a supportive employer. Now I am a freelance writer and could breastfeed all I want!

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