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Mompreneur and Co-founder of Moms Pump Here.

Wendy Williams Calls Breasts Fun Bags

Wendy Williams Calls Breasts Fun Bags

This morning Alyssa Milano was a guest on the Wendy Williams Show and Wendy brought up Alyssa's breastfeeding advocacy work. Wendy said she disagreed with public breastfeeding and felt women should go breastfeed in car or cover up. I think Alyssa was just as shocked as us listening to her opinion of breastfeeding. She asked Wendy if she would cover her head eating or if it was ok for Miley Cyrus to walk around with her boobs hanging out vs. a mom breastfeeding. 

Wendy went on to say that breasts were sexual objects, "fun bags," and when women are done breastfeeding their boobs go back to being sexual objects. The audience was in shock and quiet from her comments. Wendy quickly changed the subject but Alyssa kept her cool, took her to task and educated her briefly.

This is not the first time Wendy has offended moms with her breastfeeding comments. In June of 2014 moms staged a nurse in at the Wendy Williams Show studio. Ironically Wendy is for women's rights and believes women should hold their own.

In this video (at 4:30) from 2014, it was even more controversial because the young lady who was breastfeeding was bashed both for breastfeeding publicly and being a African American woman. The male guest is the only one sticking up for her.

Every time a public figure says a women should cover up while breastfeeding women's rights take a step back. Wendy is free to her opinion but we have a responsibility to each other as women to destigmatize women's bodies as sexual objects. No woman should ever be shamed or made to feel less than for breastfeeding because it is a natural, biological way of nourishing a child and if your baby needs to eat you need to feed your baby. There are not always nursing rooms or cars you can just hop into.

Thank you Alyssa for standing your ground and being our voice!

 

 

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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 -