Getting through the airport is already the worst for everyone, but for working moms who need to pump or moms with a baby who wants to eat, like, right now, it's even more of a hassle. We've all heard stories of women pumping in airport bathrooms, which is totally gross, not to mention a logistical nightmare (exactly where do you put the pump down?!). But things are finally about to change.
Thanks to the championing of working mom amd congresswoman Tammy Duckworth and Senator Claire McCaskill, the bipartisan Friendly Airport for Mothers (FAM) Act recently passed in the Senate as part of the FAA Reauthorization Act and will require large and medium-size airports across the nation to provide clean and accessible lactation rooms in each terminal for breastfeeding moms to use. The rooms must also be provided with a door that locks—something that will allow all moms to breathe a sigh of relief.
Congresswoman Duckworth realized what a huge struggle it was after she became a mom and found herself traveling for work while nursing.
“It’s not uncommon for moms to be directed to a public bathroom stall. We would never ask our fellow travelers to eat their meals in bathroom stalls, yet we ask new mothers to feed their children and to pump breast milk while sitting on a toilet seat,” says Congresswoman Duckworth in a Facebook post.
“If airports still have space for smoking lounges even in 2016, surely we can find the space to allow new mothers to express breast milk—a biological imperative that can help protect babies from illness—as well."
As Senator McCaskill puts it, “Moms deserve a more convenient, accessible place to nurse than the last stall of the bathroom."
We couldn't agree more.