I haven't been keeping up, but I just read this about the pumps. I am
a WIC breastfeeding counselor and in my state (NJ), we have had to
make certain rules when giving away pumps. According to my colleagues,
we used to be able to give out double electric pumps to any mom, but
since the state has been slow (very slow) to give us pumps, we had to
restrict who we give it to. We are now only giving these pumps to
women who are exclusively breastfeeding and the manual pumps to those
who are doing both. I think this is unfair because a pump can help any
mom who thinks that she has to go back to work feel that they can pump
enough milk for their baby while away and sign up for the exclusive
package. My point in all this is that I agree that we need to make
pumps more available for our moms.
--- In email@example.com, "Jennifer Laycock" <jennifer@...> wrote:
> I'm going to chime in to agree with the others. I also saw the
> through and sat on it for a few days trying to decide how I wanted to
> approach it on my blog. I've found the conversation here to be
> valuable as many posters have brought up points I agree with, but
> yet considered myself.
> I understand the concept of the very slight risk in terms of disease
> transmission and of the higher risk of buying a "lemon" pump, but I
> any way see how this ban would benefit breastfeeding mothers. This
> is about education, not limitations. There's value in helping moms
> understand the risks associated with buying a used pump, but to try and
> block their access to it is, in my opinion, condescending.
> I'd much rather see an organized effort focused on increasing access to
> pumps. Making sure every mom on WIC has just as much access to a pump as
> they do formula, seeing insurance companies consider full or partial
> coverage, encouraging more companies to keep hospital grade pumps on
> their lactation rooms so moms only have to bring their own personal
> them, etc. Let's organize, yes...but let's do it to increase access to
> breast pumps, not to limit it.
> Jennifer Laycock
> The Lactivist Blog