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.
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:
Ask Dr. Sears
LaLeche League International
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…
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!
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!
Great suggestion. No one should suffer in silence!
I agree! Thanks Joyce!