Last weekend I attended a beautiful wedding for my nephew and his new bride. It was a family-friendly wedding and there were many guests with children under the age of 1 years old. When I went to the restroom there was a mama standing up breastfeeding her child. I was completely caught off-guard on multiple levels. Recently I was intereviewed on The Boob Group podcast about how small businesses can help breastfeeding mamas and I was encountering a real-life situation of what small businesses can do to support nursing mamas. First off, businesses need to provide a space other than a bathroom for nursing mamas, second mamas should be able to nurse where they are comfortable and not where society tells them to go and lastly communities including workplaces need to think about how they can provide support for breastfeeding mamas. Are you wondering what I did in this situation?
I said to the mama "Let me get you a chair.". She replied "No, that is ok, I'm fine.". I told her "Well, it isn't fine with me.". I went to confirm I could pull the comfy chair pictured above into the bathroom. When I returned with the chair another mama was talking about how impressed she was that the baby was latching on with her standing up.
Mama Gracie's is passionate that we start to look at the message of encouraging mamas to breastfeed but then we aren't supporting them at work, while shopping or other public places with appropriate facilities. On our quest to bring the best breastfeeding resources to our customers we have found some superstars of breastfeeding-friendly businesses.
Love for Breastfeeding Mamas
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