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.
Thanks @fox5dc for stopping by to meet Zoe! https://t.co/IsB0bY2JbR— Brianne K. Nadeau (@Brianne K. Nadeau)1507273700.0
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.
via: ShutterstockPumping 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!
As a new mom, I don't want to recess my committee each time I need to pump so I will be pumping for a short while a… https://t.co/YR4ERVbA52— Brianne K. Nadeau (@Brianne K. Nadeau)1513274525.0
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.
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.
@BrianneKNadeau Attention dollars hard at work— J Mac (@J Mac)1513383450.0
But other people were supportive and glad she was helping to de-stigmatize breastfeeding and pumping in public.
@BrianneKNadeau Thank you for your leadership and no-nonsense approach. As a fellow mom, I am thrilled.— Molly Rauch (@Molly Rauch)1513346903.0
Her colleagues on the City Council were supportive of her choice.
Hooray! The @DCPaidLeave carolers stopped by to sing about enacting paid family leave just as it was passed. Catchy… https://t.co/uL7SEKm1hc— CM Allen's Team Is #STAYINGHOME For Health Workers (@CM Allen's Team Is #STAYINGHOME For Health Workers)1513613761.0