For women who work, breastfeeding almost always means pumping. And pumping at work can really suck.
Breast milk has the awesome ability to sustain human life, boost brain power, and bolster immunity. So why isn’t everyone in the world marveling at the super power of breastfeeding mamas? Why are women still shamed for putting babies to breast in public spaces (it's an issue in India, too) and left to pump breast milk in dirty bathrooms and supply closets? Because change is slow. Revolutions take time, and they require persistence and patience. The good news: here in the United States, we’re seeing signs of progress.
San Francisco may be known for its steep hills and streetcars, but it’s quickly becoming the best city for working mothers and families. Last year the city implemented a paid parental leave ordinance and in 2018 the new Lactation In The Workplace Ordinance goes into effect that requires all employers in the city to provide a dedicated space for expressing breast milk at work. If you’re not sure what the ordinance requires or how to be in compliance, we’ve identified four key things you need to know and do.
It may be the 21st century but there's still a lot of confusion, misunderstanding, and stigma around breastfeeding in public. Yeah, we don't get it either. But we do get that when you're a busy mama on the go, you don't have extra time to read up on your breastfeeding rights.
But trust us, you have rights. So we've put together a quick cheat-sheet to save you time so you can get back to what matters most, like breastfeeding your baby or finding a clean and quiet place to plug in your breast pump.
Use this 2-question checklist to find out.
A woman’s right to breastfeed is protected by both state and federal laws. The 2010 Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) "Break Time for Nursing Mothers" ensures that breastfeeding protections also extend to the workplace. Is your business in compliance with the law?
Mamava celebrates women every day of the year, but we get especially pumped for March because it’s Women’s History month. So imagine how excited we were to learn that the theme for the 2017 National Women’s History Project was “trailblazing women in labor and business.” Labor and business! Hello?!