In August 2011, Monica Ponder and I founded Support Table for Two, a campaign to establish lactation rooms in public places for breastfeeding moms. Our initial campaign project is to build community support for the establishment of lactation rooms at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (HJAIA) in Atlanta.
DID YOU KNOW ATLANTA'S AIRPORT DOES NOT HAVE DESIGNATED LACTATION ROOMS FOR BREASTFEEDING MOTHERS?
The world's busiest airport, HJAIA does not have designated lactation rooms for employees or customers. They ask mothers to feed their children in the restroom or to call in advance to arrange a private room to pump or breastfeed. There is no information or timeline posted on their website when or if lactation rooms will be established. Our motivation behind this community initiative is simple: For HJAIA to tout itself as the busiest and largest airport in the world, it should also be a leader in creating comfortable environments for traveling mothers and parents. Instead nursing moms have to call in advance to secure a private place to pump or breastfeed.
WOULD YOU EAT IN THE BATHROOM? THEN WHY WOULD YOU EXPECT A BABY TO EAT THERE?
Airport officials suggest that nursing mothers use co-ed family restrooms to pump and breastfeed that are located at the following concourses and gates: T-4, T-8, A-8, A-27, B-9, B-22, B-29, C-11, C-19, C-43, D-4 and D-32. While this is an option for nursing mothers, it is unacceptable. Breastfeeding moms deserve a designated, safe, secure, and comfortable place to pump and breastfeed. Eating in the bathroom is gross! Why should we make our kids do it?
JOIN THE MOVEMENT
Breastfeeding moms are sick of being treated like second class citizens. Nirvana "Harley" Jennette, a mother of four from south Georgia, along with other moms has scheduled a statewide nurse-in across the state of Georgia to be held on Monday, March 5, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jennette was recently kicked out of church for breastfeeding her baby.
Along with thousands of other breastfeeding moms and supporters, take a stand to support breastfeeding moms in Georgia and across the country.
GEORGIA STATEWIDE NURSE-IN LOCATIONS
Atlanta Capitol Building
206 Washington Street SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30312
200 East 4th Street
Woodbine, Georgia 31569
Savannah City Hall
2 East Bay Street
Columbia County Justice Center
640 Ronald Reagan Drive, Evans, GA 30809-7603
105 MULBERY STREET
Warner Robins, GA
Sojourner Marable Grimmett is an Atlanta-based author who is recognized for writing about the joys and challenges of being a “stay-at-work” mom and connects with moms, both new and experienced, who have the responsibility of raising a family and maintaining a full-time job. Sojourner has been featured in FitPregnancy, iVillage, MacaroniKid.com, BlackCelebKids.com, MyAtlantaMoms.com, WhatToExpect.com, BlackandMarriedwithKids.com, Fox News, and CNN. She is married to her college sweetheart, Roland and they have two young sons, Roland Jay and Joshua.
Visit her blog sojournermarablegrimmett.blogspot.com follow her on twitter and like her on Facebook. Also join her new campaign to support establishing lactation rooms in public places www.supporttablefortwo.org.
K. Kheir Photography