Posts Tagged ‘breastfeeding’
When I was a kid, I thought my mom knew everything. It seemed like she just had all the answers, on every aspect of life.
I must not have gotten that mothering gene. In fact I feel like I don’t ever know anything: I’m constantly winging everything and just hoping for the best….
Like how to potty train a three-year old boy (after trying numerous times when he was a two-year-old)…
And then how to retrain them when they regress after you have baby #2…
Continue reading “Thrush and Breastfeeding” »
Breastfeeding has been getting much more attention recently (Time Magazine’s controversial front cover only proves this). But why is it so talked about of late? Why does breastfeeding matter so much that government programs, like WIC, food stamps, and Planned Parenting, actually have lactation consultants on hand, breastfeeding seminars provided free, and even incentives for breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding is a constant subject of intrigue and debate and draws a lot of media attention. But such a vast amount of information can make it difficult to be clear about the benefits and potential downsides of breastfeeding.
Continue reading “Breastfeeding and Your Baby’s Oral Health” »
1. It’s good for you. Breastfeeding may lower your risk of acquiring
- type 2 diabetes
- heart disease
- high blood pressure
- high cholesterol
- ovarian and uterine cancer
Even better- breastfeeding can lower your risk of developing breast cancer. In other words-use them so you don’t lose them!
Working While Pregnant
Then, along came week 36 of pregnancy-I waddled everywhere and I had an exhausting commute of three hours every day. Also, as other lab techs know, working in the lab requires quite a bit of standing throughout the shift. Working in a hospital on night shift can cause breaks to be sporadic, sometimes cut short, and occasionally skipped. This can be very difficult on a pregnant person; my blood sugar would drop so easily that I needed a break often.
Shift Change, Lighter Workload
Looking back, I now think about how nice it would have been to receive the benefit of switching to an easier shift. Maybe if I had a doctor’s note I could have moved to another shift, but the thought did not occur to me. If an employee knew that a workload change was a benefit they were entitled to while pregnant, it would probably be a great relief to many women. Also, having benefits that extend to women beyond pregnancy would be extremely helpful for everyone.
If employers would better support new mothers, the employers could benefit from having a better work environment, happier employees, and increasing productivity. This is especially true when applied to breastfeeding support. In America, there are a very small percentage of employers who actually have any benefits for breastfeeding mothers, hospitals and laboratories included.
This is very unfortunate since breastfeeding is a necessity for optimal health in children and women. Businesses need to provide a recognized private area for mothers to nurse or pump every few hours during their shift. Children would be ill less often, causing fewer absences from the mothers. Also, mothers who have breastfeeding support return to work sooner because they are not worried about having to wean their child. For me, this was a major deciding factor of whether I should continue working after my baby was born. Finding a relaxing place to pump and trying to fit it into my third shift schedule seemed impossible.
On top of that, I needed to find someone I trusted to watch my baby all night long since my husband worked evenings also. This proved very difficult because not many family members were willing and able to take care of a three month old all night. If my employer had on-site childcare services, that could have “killed two birds with one stone.” During my breaks I could nurse my child and I could see that she was being well cared for in the process. It is so simple and convenient; that would be one of the best benefits an employer could provide. Even though I love spending time with my child, it would be very tempting for me to return to work if I knew this benefit would be available.
Better Work Environment for Pregnant and Nursing Women
Although there has been much improvement to women’s rights in the workplace, there is still a need for more leeway towards pregnant and nursing women. If employers want to build morale and support for families, this is a good place to start. I love the laboratory and really miss the lab environment. I will always put my child first, but I wish I could do both. Overall, it would be good for everyone- businesses, children, and parents; a win-win-win situation.
What do you think about pregnant and nursing women’s rights in the workplace?