When I returned to work in downtown Los Altos as a new mother, I regularly asked myself what professional repercussions I’d experience from noncovert breastfeeding. Some of you probably saw me nursing the baby at the library, in front of Linden Tree Books and once – during an epic meeting that stretched into a designated “lunch break” – while interviewing what turned out to be a supremely supportive grandmother.
Committing fully to both a chosen career and nursing my daughter was a privilege, more than worth anxiety and awkward moments along the way. And I’ve learned how to ask for help to an unprecedented degree as a new mother. As I interview other new moms in Los Altos and Mountain View, I hear this over and over about feeding a baby and returning to work: It is so much harder than we expected. But with cheerleaders and role models, we’re figuring it out.