Pumping at the White House
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|Wed, 03-13-2013 - 8:38am|
When I imagined my journalism career, I never pictured myself standing shirtless in a unisex bathroom in the White House.
But that is precisely where I found myself in November, as a new mother of a nursing infant returning from maternity leave to cover the president.
Hiding in a bathroom is a common condition for many breastfeeding moms seeking a private place to pump milk in their workplace.
But it's a condition the White House has been trying to eliminate. Under President Barack Obama's new health care law, employers with more than 50 workers are required to provide a private lactation space other than a restroom for nursing mothers up to one year after giving birth.
"One of the most common reasons mothers cite for discontinuing breastfeeding is returning to work and not having break time or a private space to express milk,” White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett, chair of the president's Council on Women and Girls, wrote about the president’s health care law in a Dec. 2010 White House blog post.
So then why was I stuck pumping in a bathroom at the very address where the lactation room requirement had originated?
Interesting article! Anyone else run into something similar at their place of employment? Are you comfortable with the area you've been provided for pumping?