Nadeau is not only the first woman to pump during a D.C. council meeting, she’s also the first council member to give birth while in office.
She told the website Babble, “I wanted to share my story so that other working moms would know they are not alone. We’re all just doing our best to juggle being moms with being our best at work. It’s not easy!”
Of course, some people aren’t happy about her decision.
People tweeted that she was just doing it for attention. And to that we say, “awesome!” Of course, it was not just a publicity stunt (she needed to feed her baby!), but it was a great way to show that breastfeeding and pumping milk is natural and it doesn’t hold a woman back from doing her job.
But other people were supportive and glad she was helping to de-stigmatize breastfeeding and pumping in public.
Women were inspired to see another woman in a high-powered position use her position to help promote the normalization of the act. Boobs were made for feeding babies, after all!
Her colleagues on the City Council were supportive of her choice.
Charles Allen, a fellow councilmember told the Washington Post, “Council member Nadeau has business to do. She can run a hearing and if she needs to pump, she can do it.” (Allen is also committed to family rights, and co-introduced a bill this year that supported paid family leave.)
Congrats to Nadeau on being a pioneer!
It’s pretty cool that Nadeau refuses to let anyone stop her from being a mom and holding a high powered position. And she is using her platform to help other women see that they can do the same.
Dare we say it..? We’re pretty pumped for her! (Sorry.)