If you’ve ever traveled with a baby, then you know that to keep him or her content you need a lot of tricks up your sleeve. Nursing moms, especially, have their work cut out for them, especially when the current climate seems to frown upon her feeding her baby in public, the way nature intended.
Time and again, we read about breastfeeding moms being shamed for feeding their children in public, but the same people shaming them are likely to complain if the baby is crying. These days, a conscientious mom can’t win.
Personally, when I see a mom nursing her baby, I smile to myself, knowing that the child is receiving the very best food he/she could get. And that the mom is brave enough to defend the baby's right to her food by standing strong when faced with disapproving stares or comments.
Now, thanks to President Trump, things will be a tiny bit easier for nursing moms, especially when they travel by air. And it hasn’t come a moment too soon!
Fox News reports, (Link: ) “A five-year reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration Act was signed by President Trump on Oct. 5, but with a new mandate introduced by Democratic senator Tammy Duckworth that all large and medium-size airports have lactation rooms for breastfeeding mothers to nurse or pump by Oct. 1, 2020.”
What does that mean, exactly? The report goes on to say that “All airports will be obligated to provide a private area with a door that can be locked in each terminal after the security checkpoint for nursing moms. The lactation spaces also must not be in a bathroom and need to be shielded from public view, have a place to sit, an electric outlet and a flat surface, as well as be accessible for those with disabilities.
Some breastfeeding proponents say although this is a step in the right direction, it should by no means construed as a limitation on when and where a mother can feed her child. For the bolder, more self-assured mom, this has never been a problem.
But for those moms who are already feeling doubt and trepidation about performing this perfectly natural function, the new ‘lactation stations’ will be a welcome relief from the stress they feel when traveling in and out of our nation’s airports.