Breastfeeding and pumping away from home comes with many challenges, not the least of which is finding time and a clean, private place to do it (no, a bathroom stall does not count as a lactation room). But, according to new research highlighting the need for more workplace protections for nursing moms, it can even lead to job loss.
An eye-opening new study conducted by Pregnant At Work, an initiative from the Center for Work Life Law, has revealed that over the last ten years two-thirds of cases that allege breastfeeding discrimination in the workplace have resulted in a mom losing her job through firing or being forced to resign.
In a recent Reddit story that has gone viral, a brother tells what happened when her sister was shamed by a 12-year old girl for breastfeeding in public.
Posted by Redditor u/starsonwith his sister’s permission, the redditor shared how his sis was feeding her newborn son, who he describes as “the world’s cutest little boy”, at a restaurant when a 12-year-old girl sitting at a nearby table with her father commented, “Ew, she has her tit out.” Her dad, however, explained that breastfeeding isn’t an “ew”-worthy action. “No, she’s feeding her baby, it’s natural,” he said in response. The girl then said, “Can’t she do it somewhere like the bathroom?” The dad replied, “Sure she can. You go eat your dinner [in] your bathroom, too.” Bravo! Read the rest of dad’s response in the embed of the story below.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, it is legal — as in, there are laws that spell this out flatly — to breastfeed or chestfeed in any public or private location in 49 states, the District of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands. (For the curious, Idaho is the only state that doesn’t currently have these kinds of laws.) Additionally, breastfeeding is exempt from public indecency laws in 29 states, the District, and the Virgin Islands. And yet, breastfeeding parents are often shamed for feeding their babies in public — and frequently, it’s because of our own misplaced shame surrounding breasts.
It is an undisputed fact that breast milk is best for baby. In the mommy wars, we often see battles about how best to raise a child and parent a newborn that turn ugly. Formula fed children do well as well and a lot of us were formula fed as babies and turned out fine. A lot of moms, for various reasons, so not breastfeed for personal reasons.
Some are not comfortable breastfeeding perhaps because of a past of mental anguish from sexual abuse, or have low milk supply or simply lack of support at work and home. But for those who are not hampered by these impediments, knowing the overwhelming benefits may sway their decision to nurse their newborns.
Here are 111, precisely, that our friends at Mom Loves Best asked us to share with you all.
You thought you’d seen it all until you heard of a mom who breastfed her baby while pole dancing.
Ashley Wright posted a video to her Facebook page of herself pole dancing while babywearing and breastfeeding.
Wright toldThe Huffington Post that she’s been a pole dancer for eight years and started doing a few moves with her baby once she was about 1-year-old.
“I didn’t start climbing up the pole with her (in a carrier), until she was one or a little closer to two years of age,” Wright told the site. “There are moments in which she would rather spin around with me, than to sit on the floor and do something else. And I, as her mother, am completely okay with having to adjust my pole practice to have her on me.”
Since going viral back in January this year, Wright has used her new found fame to attract more people to the art of pole dancing.
On her blog, Ms. Wright’s Way, Wright calls herself a “badass breastfeeding, babywearing, attachment parenting, pole dancing, yogi mama.”
Wright told BabyCenter that to protect her daughter Shannon’s neck during the performance, she wrapped the little girl’s head so it would remain stable. She said Shannon watched educational videos on a cell phone as she danced.
As one would expect, she has had to explain and defend her decision to pole dance with her daughter and has taken down the original video that gave her a lot of attention.
Wright said that babywearing has helped her stay active while also tending to her daughter’s needs. She says she didn’t set out to breastfeed and pole dance at the same time, but it just naturally happened that way.
Her daughter is now two and copies her moves in some of the videos. Cute!
Editor’s note: Bravo for baby wearing and attachment parenting and pole dancing is a great way to stay fit. I tried a class once and totally sucked and will never be going back so hats off to those who can.