Jessica Shortall is a thirtysomething working mother or two, with a career dedicated to the intersection of business and doing good. She is the author of Work. Pump. Repeat: The New Mom's Survival Guide to Breastfeeding and Going Back to Work, and is an outspoken advocate for working mothers and for paid family leave. She started out her adult life as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan (more vodka drinking than you would expect from a Muslim country), and hasn’t stopped searching for ways to change the world since, in fields as diverse as hunger and LGBT rights. As the first Director of Giving for the now-iconic TOMS Shoes, her work had her literally circumnavigate the globe with a breast pump. Jessica has an MBA with honors from the University of Oxford in the UK. Before having children, she used to enjoy travel, yoga, cooking, and a lot of other activities. Currently she’s just hanging on for dear life.
Jessica Shortall is the author of Work. Pump. Repeat: The New Mom's Survival Guide to Breastfeeding and Going Back to Work, and is an outspoken advocate for paid family leave.
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January 22, 2014
I’m a working mother of two small children, and I’ve breastfed them both. In fact, I’m currently somewhere in the middle of breastfeeding my second child, who has cut some teeth recently and knows how to use them, so we’ll see how much longer this continues. And it’s been interesting, being alive and mothering and breastfeeding during a time of historically high intrusion into women’s nutrition relationships with their babies. I’m not a breastfeeding crusader. I’ve found the whole situation to be exhausting and crazy and difficult. I am already sad about how fast my baby seems to be growing...