"Filled with problem-solving hacks, moral support and plenty of humor, this relatable read aims to help you navigate the sometimes awkward, always rewarding job of being a working mom who breastfeeds. As Shortall's applause-worthy manifesto declares, 'Your worth as a mother is not measured in ounces.' We couldn't agree more."
- Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine, December 2015 print issue
"Work. Pump. Repeat. is an incredible resource for breastfeeding moms going back to work. But this is also a must read for anyone working or living with a pumping mom, even the guys. Jessica's spirit comes through, irresistibly fun and honest you can't help but laugh and be humbled at the same time. Little did I know that Jessica would be unearthing some of life's most valuable lessons for women, managers and employers while she was pumping in cars during our infamous Nepal trip."
- Blake Mycoskie, founder & Chief Shoe Giver, TOMS
"Debut author Shortall strikes the perfect note...and takes a casual, keeping-it-real tone toward everything from “porn-star boobs” to pumping during conference calls...It’s the kind of information an intimate, chatty friend who’s done it all could share in a few lunchtimes and a session on the couch—did you know you can sterilize coffee cups in the microwave and pump milk into them?—except that not every mom has those kinds of friends. Having such helpful tips and tricks in print will be a godsend to the back-to-work mom who doesn’t have time for everything to go any less than smoothly."
- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Finally, here was the resource I'd been looking for. I emailed (Jessica) that afternoon: "It feels like a lifeline across the scary, scary void." This guide...reads as if your most no-nonsense, most supportive friend wrote it just for you...I credit (Work. Pump. Repeat.) with giving me the confidence and knowledge I needed to tackle this experience head on and make sure my kid had the milk he needed to thrive."
- Genie Gratto, BlogHer
"When you read Jessica Shortall’s book, you feel as if your wicked smart and big-hearted friend sat you down to give you the good, the bad and the (often hilarious) reality about pumping at work. Finally a comprehensive book on pumping at work I feel confident about recommending to my clients!"
- Elaine McGhee, Founder, www.ThriveMomma.com
"Shortall manages to be both hilarious and informative in the non-condescending manner that can only come from someone who has truly been there...the result is a holy grail of information. I described the book to a friend as 'postpartum-pee-inducing funny.' It is a book I not only want to buy for my soon-to-be-working-mom friends, but also for all of my coworkers so that they can just finally understand."
- Liberating Working Moms
"There are a lot of breastfeeding books out there, and quite a few that I wouldn't recommend to anyone who has to work outside the home in their baby's first year. So it's refreshing to come across a nursing-while-working book which I feel I could actually give to a new mother without worrying that I am going to send her off into a tailspin of anxiety and depression...In short? Without a doubt, the best and most practical book for WOH nursing mothers that I've encountered, and an excellent buy or gift."
- Breastfeeding Without BS
"As IBCLC’s, we understand the theory behind pumping and the production of breast milk. However, no one can understand the practicalities and the emotional cost better than a mom who has done it! Jessica Shortall’s book has hit on an area of need. Based on her own experience, she delivers practical how-to’s that other books are missing. "
- Cindy Leclerc, RN IBCLC and Jana Stockham, RN IBCLC,co-creators of NuuNest
I read Work. Pump. Repeat. both as a mother who breastfed and worked, and as an IBCLC. The information in this book is spot-on the science behind lactation, written so that stressed working moms will understand it with no jargon to wade through. Ms. Shortall tells it like it is and doesn’t sugarcoat the realities of breastfeeding and working. She reminds us that breastfeeding isn’t all or nothing and some breastmilk is better than none. Bravo!
- Robyn Roche-Paull, BSN, RN, IBCLC, author of Breastfeeding in Combat Boots: A Survival Guide to Successful Breastfeeding While Serving in the Military
"Preemie Moms are on an intimate basis with breast pumps early on...Navigating pumping and all that life entails is a challenge. Then add going back to work. This is where Work. Pump. Repeat. comes in with extremely detailed advice on navigating the politics and logistics of the corporate world and pumping. With a friendly and yes even funny tone, author and Mom Jessica Shortall helps to lighten the mood surrounding this difficult task...She also makes it clear that all breastmilk is a success regardless of amount or duration of pumping. She will get cheers from the NICU crowd for sure."
Clearly, this book is written by an experienced working mother who has done it all. As a working mom, I found my self nodding all along while reading this book, agree with tips and hacks presented, and some ‘Aha’ moments in finding new, practical hacks. This is such a comprehensive and practical guide for mothers to prepare for returning to work.
...a solid advice guide that should be on the shelves of any woman who enjoys a career and who wants to return to it while continuing to nurture her child: a guide very highly recommended for its exceptional focus and well-rounded discussion of the realities of the venture.
- D. Donovan, Senior eBook Reviewer, Midwest Book Review