"Breastfeeding and Returning to Work"
of Human Lactation
Leche League International
Aitken - Motorola Semiconductor
Colleen Bak - Birthing The Future
Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC
Librarian *** stars - "Recommended"
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and Returning to Work
is a very useful video. You
summed up many of the problems facing the working mother and then offered
many solutions. It was
especially nice to see such a diversity of mothers.
The photography was crystal clear.
This is an important video for all working mothers.”
Dr. Marshall Klaus
Pediatrician and Neonatologist
Author of "Your Amazing Newborn" and “The Doula Book”
“Every year, thousands of women wean their babies
prematurely rather than face the obstacles they perceive in continuing to
breastfeed on their return to work or school.
This 12-minute video offers mothers many reasons to face the
challenge and practical tools for doing so.
. . . There are helpful suggestions on approaching and educating hostile
employers. The section on
common questions and answers addresses the need for support from partners
and coworkers and how to get it.
… The video would be helpful in breastfeeding classes for mothers who
are returning to work and in high school prenatal and postpartum classes.
… It is clear, simple, and
to the point."
Journal of Human
Volume 20 Number
1 February 2004
Reviewed by Naomi Bromberg Bar-Yam ICCE, PhD
“The Breastfeeding and Returning to Work
video provides answers to the kinds of questions working mothers
have about breastfeeding and gives them the encouragement and support they
need to be successful.”
Director of Publications
La Leche League International
“You did a heroic job capturing the complexities
and obstacles of returning to work and breastfeeding.
With the suggestions offered in the video you're sure to sway
undecided mothers to take advantage of the many benefits associated with
breastfeeding. Your scenarios
with real moms and the experts are very impactful. Your
video will be shared with Motorola employees around the country.”
Director, Wellness and Work/Life
"Breastfeeding and Returning to Work
is a film that all women who are considering breastfeeding should
see. It encourages the act of
breastfeeding with a thorough explanation of the full scope of benefits
that it has for both mother and child.
While the physiological and psychological benefits of breastfeeding
are explored, the main focus of the video is to aid women in easing their
transition back into work and or school while continuing to breastfeed.
This video, while only twelve minutes long, is packed full of helpful
suggestions that women can use to empower themselves and succeed in
breastfeeding outside of the home. The
suggestions are well thought-out, reasonable, and sensible, especially in
the section about how to approach the subject of breastfeeding with
one’s employer. They are
coupled with encouraging visuals of numerous women accomplishing the
continuation of breastfeeding through various means, including having
their babies at work, pumping breast milk at work (both in their cubicles
and in specially designated rooms), on-site childcare services, and
childcare services that would bring the baby to the woman at work.
The variety of women shown makes this video particularly useful to show
clients of any age, race, or background.
It shows one school-age mother and others who work in jobs ranging
from the army to the office, from blue and white collar to professional.
Overall, Breastfeeding and Returning to Work is
a valuable and informative video that manages to impart a wide range of
valuable information in a brief twelve minutes, and the enthusiasm of the
women who talk candidly is infectious."
Birthing The Future
"Have you ever wished you had an effective
response to those who think that working and breastfeeding is difficult or
impossible? If so, this
12-minute video is it. A
treasure trove of information in a concise format, topics include: reasons
to breastfeed, planning your return to the workplace, pumping and storing
milk, the financial benefits of supporting breastfeeding for your
employer, and answers to common questions.
Full of facts and heartfelt emotions, this video features a wonderfully
diverse group of mothers who describe their experiences, their feelings,
and the rewards of continuing to breastfeed after returning to work.
A full range of options is included: bringing your baby to work,
providing exclusive human milk feedings while mother and baby are
separated, and combining breastfeeding and formula.
Also welcome is the diversity of pumps shown in the video, which
conveys without words many of the best choices available in the
A mother who is unsure about breastfeeding will appreciate the variety of
choices presented. Some human
milk is touted as better than none. The
point is also clearly made that anything is possible if you make a
commitment and take the time to plan.
The only change that would improve the quality of this video involves its
language. It describes
breastfeeding in terms of its “advantages” and “benefits.”
Those who promote breastfeeding are currently trying to change the
language to better reflect breastfeeding as the human norm.
With this mindset, it is not that babies stand to gain something
extra by breastfeeding (“better health, more intelligent”), it’s
that they stand to lose significantly if they don’t (“sick more often
and more severely, less intelligent”).
In other words, if formula is the norm, breastfeeding has health
“benefits”; if breastfeeding is the norm, formula-feeding has risks.
For those looking for a video to play in a doctor’s or public health
department’s waiting room, this would be a great choice.
Its length also makes it ideal to include in a “Working and
Breastfeeding” class. Thank
you Bruce Wittman and Eagle Video for providing a needed breastfeeding
resource for new parents!
Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC
Co-author of "The Breastfeeding Answer Book"
“Aimed at working mothers, this information-packed short program
outlines the benefits of breastfeeding, including the immunizing properties
of breast milk, mother/child bonding, the
savings over high-cost formula milk, and a lower incidence of ovarian and
breast cancers in moms who nurse. Viewers are advised of the importance of
having a plan for nursing while working, as well as gaining the support of
family, friends, and daycare providers.
Offering tips for approaching employers, the program lists numerous
reasons why companies should support nursing mothers – among them, lower
absenteeism, a positive corporate image, and higher employee morale – and
features interviews with successful nursing mothers (a young 16 year old
still attending high school, and a military mom) who have gone back to
school/work and continued to breastfeed their babies.
Resources and support organizations are listed at the end of the
program, including the La Leche League and the World Alliance for
Breastfeeding Action. While
there are clips of women nursing babies and ‘pumping in process,’
discretion is used. Recommended.”
Video Librarian Review ***
Vol 18 No. 6 November-December
“Mothers often discontinue breastfeeding after they
return to work or school. Following
a discussion of the benefits of breastfeeding by various physicians, this
program features several mothers from diverse backgrounds who tell how they
managed to successfully continue breastfeeding after going back to work.
While some corporations encourage women by providing private rooms
where mothers can nurse their infants or use a breast pump, others are not
as accommodating. Good captions
focus viewer attention on main points in this brief, well-constructed video
that is also available in a Spanish version.
The Benefits of Breastfeeding
is another title from this distributor.”
Vol. 100 No.6 11/15/03 Page 612