Being a new mom with a job can be a challenge. Even if working moms have childcare while they work, they aren’t completely off the hook. Mothers of breastfeeding babies need to pump their breast milk every two to four hours, regardless of where they are or what they are doing, which can take up to 30 minutes. For moms with jobs, this usually means taking long breaks during the workday and potentially missing out on work. But this month, D.C. Councilmember Brianne K. Nadeau found a good solution for this dilemma, and may have made history in the process.
Brianne K. Nadeau is a city councilmember in Washington, DC.
As part of her job, she regularly attends public hearings. These hearings can get pretty lengthy with some lasting even up to six hours.
As a new mom, Nadeau has to pump breast milk in order to feed her new baby.
Nadeau’s daughter Zoe is 3 months old. And like all babies, she’s gotta eat. That means Nadeau needs to pump breast milk while she is at work.
Pumping breast milk can take up to 30 minutes, and Nadeau didn’t want to have to call a recess every few hours to go and pump.
Pumping breastmilk can be an involved process. Moms have to take a lot of time to hook up to a machine, get partially undressed, and wait for their milk to be pumped.
To avoid all of that hassle, Nadeau decided just to pump right at the dais!
Instead of calling a recess, Nadeau decided she could handle pumping during the meeting without being distracted. She tweeted her plans so everyone would be prepared.
But really, there wasn’t much to be distracted by.
Nadeau used a pump called a Freebie which can be placed underneath a woman’s clothes and allows them to pump without removing anything. It collects the milk in cups instead of bottles, which a mom can slip it out to pour into bottles. Nadeau said the pump barely even makes any noise.