Traveling when you're a breastfeeding mom can be a challenge, especially when you need to find a private space to pump. But thanks to the FAA reauthorization Act of 2018, life is going to get easier. The new bi-partisan bill includes provisions from the Friendly Airports for Mothers (FAM) Act (written by Senator Tammy Duckworth in 2015) and requires lactation spaces in airports. So say good bye to pumping in bathrooms!
Women have been breastfeeding for as long as they’ve been having babies. So it’s pretty surprising that, in many parts of the world, breastfeeding in public is considered a shameful act, and even illegal. And perhaps even more surprising is that, in the United States, breastfeeding in public wasn’t protected by law until 2018, when both Utah and Idaho (finally) updated their laws. Wha??? Seriously. True story.
Airports are often ranked on customer service, on-time arrival rates, and their overall amenities. But when you’re breastfeeding, what you really need is a place where you can put down your bags and pump or nurse.
Porsche Sheffield is a mama of four, a wife, and a police officer. It's definitely a challenge juggling family life with work life. But the hardest thing she's had to do on her breastfeeding journey? "Pump while I'm on duty."
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Ten years ago Carlisa Thomas was a new mom who didn't know anything about breastfeeding. But today, after five kids and one powerful mama group, Carlisa is a confident breastfeeding mama who wants to help other moms.
Nobody is born knowing how to breastfeed a baby—that’s why it’s great to have a community of other mamas and lactation pros to show you the ropes and help you troubleshoot when the flowing gets tough. At Mamava, lactation consultant and birth doula Sally MacFadyen has superstar status, having helped over half the moms who work here successfully nurse their babies. So stop the midnight Googling and feel more confident with these top tips from Mamava’s favorite “boob whisperer.”
The transition to motherhood is often depicted as joyous—and rightfully so. But postpartum depression and anxiety are a reality for many women and, for Gaby Cavins, an officer in the U.S. Navy, having a baby was “like hitting a brick wall.” Never mind giving birth—what caused the most pain for Gaby was breastfeeding.
Before kid(s), going away for a weekend was easy. You threw your Kindle and a pair of yoga pants in a tote bag and (hopefully) remembered to water the plants. But when you’re breastfeeding, getting away—even for a few days—is more complicated. Don’t worry. Use this handy guide to get you out the door and onto your adventure.
Our Mamava mama is Bree LeMay, a full-time single mother of two children. She's also a hair stylist who's getting ready to go back to work behind the chair part-time and plans to pump in between clients. As a staunch believer in a mama's right to breastfeed wherever and whenever the need arises, Bree's gotten her fair share of unhelpful comments and sideways looks. She doesn't let it faze her, just continues on confidently: "I openly nurse in public because I feel absolutely zero shame for nurturing my children." Bree offers these insights to other breastfeeding mamas.
Author Kate Rope. Photo: Heidi Geldhauser
Kate Rope wants all mamas to to know that the transition into motherhood isn't easy, that society's standards for parenting are often unrealistic, that self-care and support are critical to enjoying the journey—and "good enough" parenting means you're doing a great job.