Obama administration supports breastfeeding, but moms find it hard to breastfeed in public or pump at work

The Obama administration recently pushed to support moms who breastfeed. First lady Michelle Obama even visited Atlanta as part of her “Let’s Move” campaign and cited how breastfed children have a reduced of childhood obesity. The IRS just approved tax credits for the purchase of breast pumps and other pumping supplies. President Obama wants employers to allow moms adequate time and space to pump on the job.

Breast pumps and accessories now qualify for IRS tax credits


Why would a president get involved in such an intimate matter? It’s because so many people and employers don’t support breastfeeding. I think it’s the most natural thing in the world. Sadly, our Mommy Talk Show guests have had some hurdles when it comes to breastfeeding in public and pumping breast milk while they’re at work. Listen in on our conversation:

Here are some great resources on breastfeeding:
Kelly Mom
Ask Dr. Sears
LaLeche League International

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Creator & Host of Mommy Talk Show. Emmy award-winning TV journalist.Wife & Mommy; Mom Blogger; Social Media Coach; Long Island, New York transplant living in Atlanta, GA. Follow Joyce on Twitter @MommyTalkShow Author of Use What You Know: A Business Idea Guide for Moms featuring interviews with mompreneurs who created businesses using their skills & backgrounds.

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  1. I think the breastfeeding “battle” will go on forever. I remember one time I even got kicked out of church while breastfeeding my son… and I was wearing a nursing cover!!! Ignorance knows no bounds…

  2. Never ceases to amaze me why the sight of a breastfeeding mother creeps people out.
    I have a bunch of responses prepared in case anyone ever wants to “banish” me while I’m breastfeeding A.J.
    For church folks I’d say, “How do you think Mary fed baby Jesus?”
    That should shut them up pretty quickly!

  3. My colleague and I returned from maternity leave about the same time, and I found it difficult to pump in the ladies’ room. In an effort to make it easier for other new moms, we approached the vice president of our institution and requested the establishment of a lactation room. The university responded positively by creating a comfortable private room! Ladies always ask for what you want!