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Mompreneur and Co-founder of Moms Pump Here.

There is No Such Thing as Balance Being a Mom

There is No Such Thing as Balance Being a Mom

 

I'm convinced - there is no such thing as balance as a mom. I think balance is this elusive carrot society dangles in front of our faces saying, "you can have it all and feel sane."

 

I don't know who's making up these rules or guidelines for moms but there is no way to stay sane breastfeeding every 2 hours, cleaning the house, working on our next big ideas, staying in touch with friends, feeding our family, loosing those few extra pounds and looking like a sex kitten for your partner. 

In some weird multi-verse there are perhaps women who can do it all and feel even keel but not in this one. There is no such thing as balance when you're a mom. What is balance anyway?? A scale we step on? A deep breath? Quite time? Happiness? Balance doesn't equal any of these things. Moms are trying to get through each day with the kids intact and some sort of sanity at the end of the day. Balance is also society's way of putting pressure on women who have to do it all. Can you imagine being a single mom to several kids, earning a 6 figure salary, maintaining a date life, maintaining a clean house and keeping up with after school activities? Where is there balance in that? Society thinks women who are successful obtain balance but in reality they're only trying to hold everything together like the rest of us.

I really do think the alternative word here needs to be happiness...not balance. Happiness comes from within and can be found in the most peculiar moments. It can be found alone at the supermarket or in that second cup of coffee. Happiness can be found in the nap you take while your baby naps. Happiness can be found when your feet hit the floor in the morning.

Let's get real with ourselves. When parenting, moms do not need to chase balance...they need to harvest happiness! Find your happiness wherever and whenever you can. Don't let it go!

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DEFINITION OF NURSING ROOM - (Lactation Room & Breastfeeding Room)

A Nursing Room is a dedicated private room other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and interruption from the public, which is used by nursing mothers to express breast milk by breastfeeding or breastpumping.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS OF A NURSING ROOM

  • Comfortable seating
  • Table
  • Outlet to connect electric breastpump
  • Sink for cleaning nursing equipment
  • Lockable door
From Pregnancy and maternity, to infants, toddlers, parenting and motherhood, MomsPumpHere does its best to help new moms make the transition from nursing at home to breastfeeding or breastpumping for their babies in public. Pregnancy was challenging enough mother's health, finding a nice comfortable spot to nurse your baby shouldn't be.

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (OBAMACARE):
Workplace Lactation Accommodation Laws

SEC. 4207. REASONABLE BREAK TIME FOR NURSING MOTHERS.
Section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (29 U.S.C. 207) is amended by adding at the end the following:

    1. (r)An employer shall provide—

      (A) a reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for 1 year after the child’s birth each time such employee has need to express the milk; and

      (B) a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk.
    1. An employer shall not be required to compensate an employee receiving reasonable break time under paragraph (1) for any work time spent for such purpose.
  1. An employer that employs less than 50 employees shall not be subject to the requirements of this subsection, if such requirements would impose an undue hardship by causing the employer significant difficulty or expense when considered in relation to the size, financial resources, nature, or structure of the employer’s business.
  2. DEFINITION OF LACTATION ROOM - (Nursing Room & Breastfeeding Room)

    A Lactation Room is a dedicated private room other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and interruption from the public, which is used by nursing mothers to express breast milk by breastfeeding or breast pumping.

    Lactation Room Guide -