Tammy Duckworth: giving birth shouldn’t force me to give up my Senate vote on key bills

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) just gave birth to her second child. That makes her the first sitting senator to do so while in office.

But she learned before she welcomed her daughter that the Senate wasn’t built for new mothers — or, for that matter, anyone else who can’t appear in the Senate chamber.

So she wants to change the rules.

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Powerful Photos Of Military Moms Breastfeeding In Uniform

As the founder of the “Normalize Breastfeeding” project, photographer Vanessa Simmons has captured and shared countless images of mothers nursing their babies around the world. 

Her new series depicting military moms breastfeeding in uniform is particularly stunning.

While photographing mothers in the Washington, D.C. area as part of her Normalize Breastfeeding Tour, Simmons documented a group of breastfeeding women in their Army, Navy and Air Force uniforms.

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mama story: 5 tips for the mom who travels and is still nursing

Fresh off my 6-month maternity leave, I sat across a conference table from my manager discussing changes to my company’s travel expectations and how that would impact my role at LinkedIn. Much to my surprise, travel expectations increased drastically while I was in the midst of baby bliss, and though I used to love traveling, the idea of being away from my then 5-month-old while also still breastfeeding seemed overwhelming and frankly, upsetting.

How was I going to have enough milk saved while keeping to my pump schedule? How do I pump and navigate all the different airports? Was it possible? Would I have to end my breastfeeding journey earlier than I wanted?

I was faced with a decision: I loved my job, I loved breastfeeding, and I loved my son so I made the decision to make it work no matter what. 

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aboard the breast express: at the MIT "Make the Breast Pump Not Suck" hackathon

this past weekend was one for the record books. support for breastfeeding was front and center in a very big, important way and we were part of it. i

hundreds of people gathered at the MIT Media Lab to ask: how do we make breastfeeding part of the journey for every mama?

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