Is There a Two-Class System for Working Mothers?

Breastfeeding baby with mom

This was the original piece that got us thinking way back in 2006. Since then, many things have changed… but some have stayed the same. It still remains difficult for many women to continue nursing when they return to work, particularly lower-income mothers.

 

The free-standing lactation station prototype we’re currently crowdfunding on Inlu will give us the user insight and feedback needed to develop a flatpack modular version that can be installed almost anywhere–especially in workplaces (such as factories, call centers, warehouses, and schools) where reallocating space for nursing mamas is a challenge.

 

“As pressure to breast-feed increases a two-class system is emerging for working mothers. For those with autonomy in their jobs–generally, well-paid professionals–the breast-feeding, and the pumping it requires, is a matter of choice… But for the lower-income mothers–including many who work in restaurants, factories, call centers and the military–pumping at work is close to impossible, causing many women to decline to breast-feed at all, and others to quit after a short time.”  –  New York Times