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 breast pumping or through breastfeeding.
We’ve written about Ms. Courtney Jung’s ideas on breastfeeding before (see www.momspumphere.com/blog/entry/fired) but this week we are reacting to her new book “Lactivism: How Feminists and Fundamentalists, Hippies and Yuppies, and Physicians and Politicians Made Breastfeeding Big Business and Bad Policy” (Basic, 258 pages, $26.99) – and we haven’t yet read it entirely.
The Affordable Care Act (often called Obamacare) was implemented by most insurers on or after August 1 2012. The ACA made free breast pumps available to new moms through their health insurance, a plan intended to take away one of the biggest hurdles for a new mom. For the most part, moms who've taken advantage of this new baby bonus are satisfied.
Traveling moms don’t have it easy. There’s a lot of coordination that goes into plane traveling with young children or a newborn. You have to think about how you’re going to maneuver the airports (listed in our airport nursing rooms locator) and get your children from point A to point B seamlessly. In a perfect world it would be seamless but moms often have to deal with luggage, strollers, car seats for the plane, entertaining children or keeping a newborn calm during a flight, stares and comments from less than understanding passengers and then the whole fiasco de-boarding. But what if you are a nursing mom? Traveling with kids or not if a mom is nursing she will also need to coordinate time to breastfeed or breast pump.
News broke this week that breast pump manufacturer Medela will be phasing out one of its pumps, the Medela Personal “Double Pump”. This does not mean the product is being recalled or is dangerous, but they have received complaints that this particular pump is not as efficient as its other models such as the highly recommended Pump In Style Advance or the manual Harmony pump.
Depending on when and where you gave birth, you may have received a “free” diaper bag or cooler pack courtesy of formula companies. Many birthing hospitals in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Delaware have made policy changes which forbid this practice from continuing, and recently Maryland has joined this change.
Great news, Moms! Century 21 department stores in New York have changed their policy for breastfeeding. Employees at six of the company’s New York locations have been educated and will now instruct nursing mothers that they may breastfeed anywhere in the stores.
Who cares if you've discovered an endangered species or nearly died in the Congo to bring awareness to the elusive silver back gorillas or performed in front of thousands in the NFL....you're beautiful breastfeeding picture on Facebook was shamed by a follower and reported as nudity!
I think I stand with many moms, nursing or not, who are fired up about last week’s column in The New York Times written by University of Toronto political scientist Courtney Jung. In her column, she has argued that breastfeeding has become a “righteous zeal” and a “moral imperative” and that we are making too big a deal about for mothers in America.