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(Slate)   One female reporter discovers that breast feeding in Obama's White House is almost as hard as getting a budget through Congress   (slate.com) divider line 188
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2013-03-08 02:03:19 PM  
This wouldn't be necesary if American women had decent maternity leaves.
 
2013-03-08 02:06:04 PM  
Speaking of hard.........


headline.......

i.imgur.com
 
2013-03-08 02:06:07 PM  
Yes, it's beautiful, yes it's natural. Now put those farking things away, we are in public.
 
2013-03-08 02:06:09 PM  

Flab: This wouldn't be necesary if American women had decent maternity leaves.


Not all of them even take the leave they get. And they're encouraged not to, even by other mothers.

We have a cultural problem; we value work over almost everything else, including health and family.
 
2013-03-08 02:07:10 PM  

dv-ous: Flab: This wouldn't be necesary if American women had decent maternity leaves.

Not all of them even take the leave they get. And they're encouraged not to, even by other mothers.

We have a cultural problem; we value work over almost everything else, including health and family.


^^^^^^^
 
2013-03-08 02:07:44 PM  
She never would have had this problem in a Clinton White House.  He would have taken matters in hand and helped, no matter the personal sacrifice required.
 
2013-03-08 02:07:47 PM  
Fartbongo hates boobs which makes him gay and Sara Palin is our new lesbo in chief
 
2013-03-08 02:07:48 PM  

Yogimus: Yes, it's beautiful, yes it's natural. Now put those farking things away, we are in public.


Indeed, it's important that we have priorities and babies should understand.
 
2013-03-08 02:08:41 PM  

FlameDuck: Yogimus: Yes, it's beautiful, yes it's natural. Now put those farking things away, we are in public.

Indeed, it's important that we have priorities and babies should understand.


Or you know... be like the 90% of mothers that figured this out.
 
2013-03-08 02:09:08 PM  
Boobgate!!
 
2013-03-08 02:10:47 PM  
Clicked link, sees pic of Whitehouse not boobies and moves on
 
2013-03-08 02:12:04 PM  
www.filmsquish.com
Jeezus Christ...next thing you know, they'll be wanting to breastfeed in the war room!
 
2013-03-08 02:12:27 PM  

Yogimus: FlameDuck: Yogimus: Yes, it's beautiful, yes it's natural. Now put those farking things away, we are in public.

Indeed, it's important that we have priorities and babies should understand.

Or you know... be like the 90% of mothers that figured this out.


Yup, best things come in a can.
 
2013-03-08 02:12:58 PM  

Mr. Right: She never would have had this problem in a Clinton White House.  He would have taken matters in hand and helped, no matter the personal sacrifice required.


Hillary or Bill? I think both would enjoy making sure each boob gets tapped out.
 
2013-03-08 02:13:14 PM  
Who brings a baby to the White House?
 
2013-03-08 02:13:21 PM  

Flab: This wouldn't be necesary if American women had decent maternity leaves.


OH MY GOD DONE IN ONE.
 
2013-03-08 02:14:04 PM  

FlameDuck: Yogimus: FlameDuck: Yogimus: Yes, it's beautiful, yes it's natural. Now put those farking things away, we are in public.

Indeed, it's important that we have priorities and babies should understand.

Or you know... be like the 90% of mothers that figured this out.

Yup, best things come in a can.


No, if he came in the can, she wouldn't be in this predicament.
 
2013-03-08 02:14:48 PM  
So the headline makes it sound like the White House is to blame, when in fact they did what they could to help her. She's employed by Yahoo, not the White House, and the onus is on Yahoo to provide accommodations, not the White House. The Administration did attempt to help her even though it wasn't required to, but as the article points out, due to security issues there are limited places you're allowed to go by yourself.

So, the headline is misleading in trying to blame Obama, which is about par for the course I guess.
 
2013-03-08 02:15:47 PM  
Just pump it lady.
 
2013-03-08 02:16:20 PM  

megarian: dv-ous: Flab: This wouldn't be necesary if American women had decent maternity leaves.

Not all of them even take the leave they get. And they're encouraged not to, even by other mothers.

We have a cultural problem; we value work over almost everything else, including health and family.

^^^^^^^


Well... notwithstanding the article (which seems like a pretty simple case of security measures messing up somebody's ability to go off and be by themselves for a bit.)

Most nursing mothers deal with crap like that, but most mothers aren't working in the White House Press Corps.
 
2013-03-08 02:16:52 PM  

Cymbal: Mr. Right: She never would have had this problem in a Clinton White House.  He would have taken matters in hand and helped, no matter the personal sacrifice required.

Hillary or Bill? I think both would enjoy making sure each boob gets tapped out.


Yeah, I thought of Hillary after I posted.  Either would have been happy to help.  They make a great team, those two!
 
2013-03-08 02:16:57 PM  

Flab: This wouldn't be necesary if American women had decent maternity leaves.


Suggesting this is literally going back in time and shooting Paul Revere in the head.
 
2013-03-08 02:17:00 PM  
as long as she shares
 
2013-03-08 02:17:00 PM  
As a journalist, you are going to be in a variety of situations covering the news.  Not all those situations are going to be conducive to using a breast pump.  She probably wouldn't take an overseas assignment while breast feeding her child.   She might have some challenges covering a city beat.  She's having some challenges covering the white house with the hassles of security probably preventing her from leaving the building where she is essentially a guest doing her job, to take care of her pumping needs.

How about her employeer?  What do they have to say about this?  Couldn't they provide her another assignment temporarily and then put her right back in that original position later?  Isn't that what family laws are for?
 
2013-03-08 02:19:22 PM  

itsfullofstars: As a journalist, you are going to be in a variety of situations covering the news.  Not all those situations are going to be conducive to using a breast pump.  She probably wouldn't take an overseas assignment while breast feeding her child.   She might have some challenges covering a city beat.  She's having some challenges covering the white house with the hassles of security probably preventing her from leaving the building where she is essentially a guest doing her job, to take care of her pumping needs.

How about her employeer?  What do they have to say about this?  Couldn't they provide her another assignment temporarily and then put her right back in that original position later?  Isn't that what family laws are for?


Dude... she is a "reporter" for "Yahoo".  Not exactly pulitzer material here.
 
2013-03-08 02:19:42 PM  
And technically she was trying to use a breast pump, not breastfeed her baby. Pretty big difference there subby. Women don't want to be seen as just another milking cow hooked up to a machine. It's loud and much more distracting than breastfeeding to anyone in the area.
 
2013-03-08 02:19:55 PM  

Weigard: Flab: This wouldn't be necesary if American women had decent maternity leaves.

Suggesting this is literally going back in time and shooting Paul Revere in the head.


Um...why? Is it such a crime that MAYBE we might need more than six weeks at 55% pay to bond with our kid before passing them off to whatever kind of babysitter/nanny/family member we can scrape up within such a short amount of time?
 
2013-03-08 02:21:16 PM  

Weigard: Flab: This wouldn't be necesary if American women had decent maternity leaves.

Suggesting this is literally going back in time and shooting Paul Revere in the head.


Oops. My bad.  It was a momentary lapse on my part.   I'll try to keep my Canadian commie views under control.
 
2013-03-08 02:21:24 PM  

kiwimoogle84: Weigard: Flab: This wouldn't be necesary if American women had decent maternity leaves.

Suggesting this is literally going back in time and shooting Paul Revere in the head.

Um...why? Is it such a crime that MAYBE we might need more than six weeks at 55% pay to bond with our kid before passing them off to whatever kind of babysitter/nanny/family member we can scrape up within such a short amount of time?


Not at all. Just don't biatch about making 70% of what a man makes.
 
2013-03-08 02:21:39 PM  
I work at a public aquatics facility.

We had a Mom that started breast feeding her child while they were in the pool.The lifeguards told the woman that she needed to exit the water and continue her feeding poolside.

The woman made a complaint and it was made very clear to us by the Health Dept. that if a Mother wants to breastfeed while in the water, we can not stop her.

/CSB off
 
2013-03-08 02:22:45 PM  

Yogimus: kiwimoogle84: Weigard: Flab: This wouldn't be necesary if American women had decent maternity leaves.

Suggesting this is literally going back in time and shooting Paul Revere in the head.

Um...why? Is it such a crime that MAYBE we might need more than six weeks at 55% pay to bond with our kid before passing them off to whatever kind of babysitter/nanny/family member we can scrape up within such a short amount of time?

Not at all. Just don't biatch about making 70% of what a man makes.


You have to admit, it's a pretty good gig.  70% of the pay for 30% of the work.
 
2013-03-08 02:23:17 PM  
You're tellin' me. Those little monsters bite!
 
2013-03-08 02:23:18 PM  
I prefer boobs that dont have children dangling from them
 
2013-03-08 02:23:32 PM  

kiwimoogle84: Is it such a crime that MAYBE we might need more than six weeks at 55% pay to bond with our kid


Holy shiate!  I'm a guy and I get 5 weeks at 70% pay.
 
2013-03-08 02:24:28 PM  

Beerguy: I work at a public aquatics facility.

We had a Mom that started breast feeding her child while they were in the pool.The lifeguards told the woman that she needed to exit the water and continue her feeding poolside.

The woman made a complaint and it was made very clear to us by the Health Dept. that if a Mother wants to breastfeed while in the water, we can not stop her.

/CSB off


You know, I support the whole "you have a right to breastfeed your child anywhere you otherwise have a right to be with your child" except in precisely this case and in the case of, say, food preparation. If you're excreting fluids in an environment where those fluids might end up in someone's mouth (other than the baby's mouth), I think there needs to be an exception.
 
2013-03-08 02:24:34 PM  
She is pretty talented if a white house reporter can simultaneously use a breast pump while giving Obama a wet sloppy beej.

:-D
 
2013-03-08 02:24:48 PM  

itsfullofstars: Couldn't they provide her another assignment temporarily and then put her right back in that original position later?


They probably could have and they may have even offered, but the White House press corp is a strange bunch, where you sit is based on your seniority,  and she may have lost that seniority if she went and worked a different beat.
 
2013-03-08 02:24:57 PM  

Beerguy: I work at a public aquatics facility.

We had a Mom that started breast feeding her child while they were in the pool.The lifeguards told the woman that she needed to exit the water and continue her feeding poolside.

The woman made a complaint and it was made very clear to us by the Health Dept. that if a Mother wants to breastfeed while in the water, we can not stop her.

/CSB off


If she wants to feed her child in a cauldron of urine and old band-aids thats her choice or right. I dont even know anymore
 
2013-03-08 02:25:30 PM  
Yogimus:

Dude... she is a "reporter" for "Yahoo".  Not exactly pulitzer material here.

The reality of the situation is that she is probably a self employed free-lancer. Marissa Mayer has orderd all Yahoo employees back in the office anyway so I guess this is moot.
 
2013-03-08 02:26:11 PM  

Mr. Right: Cymbal: Mr. Right: She never would have had this problem in a Clinton White House.  He would have taken matters in hand and helped, no matter the personal sacrifice required.

Hillary or Bill? I think both would enjoy making sure each boob gets tapped out.

Yeah, I thought of Hillary after I posted.  Either would have been happy to help.  They make a great team, those two!


They wouldn't help clean up any spills, though.
 
2013-03-08 02:26:41 PM  

Flab: This wouldn't be necesary if American women had decent maternity leaves.


This wouldn't be necessary if Americans weren't so offended by bare breasts.
 
2013-03-08 02:26:47 PM  

itsfullofstars: Yogimus:

Dude... she is a "reporter" for "Yahoo".  Not exactly pulitzer material here.

The reality of the situation is that she is probably a self employed free-lancer. Marissa Mayer has orderd all Yahoo employees back in the office anyway so I guess this is moot.


I do find it irritating that Mayer has ordered everyone back into the office, including working mothers like herself - but she had a huge nursery built into her office.
 
2013-03-08 02:26:59 PM  

Flab: kiwimoogle84: Is it such a crime that MAYBE we might need more than six weeks at 55% pay to bond with our kid

Holy shiate!  I'm a guy and I get 5 weeks at 70% pay.


I get my FMLA 12 weeks, after I exhaust my vacation, at no pay! What do I win?
 
2013-03-08 02:27:57 PM  

Lt. Cheese Weasel: [www.filmsquish.com image 432x311]
Jeezus Christ...next thing you know, they'll be wanting to breastfeed in the war room!


CSB..they wanted to end that scene with a big pie fight, you can see the pies in that shot.
It got cut.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-03-08 02:28:06 PM  

Molavian: Yogimus: kiwimoogle84: Weigard: Flab: This wouldn't be necesary if American women had decent maternity leaves.

Suggesting this is literally going back in time and shooting Paul Revere in the head.

Um...why? Is it such a crime that MAYBE we might need more than six weeks at 55% pay to bond with our kid before passing them off to whatever kind of babysitter/nanny/family member we can scrape up within such a short amount of time?

Not at all. Just don't biatch about making 70% of what a man makes.

You have to admit, it's a pretty good gig.  70% of the pay for 30% of the work.


First of all, you're BOTH wrong. I never complain about "only making 70% of what a man makes" and I think it's ridiculous that women campaign for equal wages and then expect the men to pay for all their meals out at restaurants. You want equality, or you want to be spoiled. You can't have both.

Secondly, I work in a female dominated field, and what I make is just fine. In fact, I make more than a male friend in the same field. I make more than Mr. Kiwi and he basically does the same thing I do. Plus, I do work hard. So you can both suck it.
 
2013-03-08 02:29:10 PM  

dv-ous: Flab: This wouldn't be necesary if American women had decent maternity leaves.

Not all of them even take the leave they get. And they're encouraged not to, even by other mothers.

We have a cultural problem; we value work over almost everything else, including health and family.


Whatever it is it's definitely  not mothers and fathers wanting the f out of the house for a 1/3rd of the day.
 
2013-03-08 02:29:12 PM  

dv-ous: Flab: This wouldn't be necesary if American women had decent maternity leaves.

Not all of them even take the leave they get. And they're encouraged not to, even by other mothers.

We have a cultural problem; we value work over almost everything else, including health and family.


There's also the problem that it's very difficult to find a job that actually pays enough to let one parent (I don't care which one) stay at home with the children while they're pre-school aged. Almost all of it is wage stagnation, though there's some amount of keeping-up-with-the-Joneses in there too, I think.
 
2013-03-08 02:29:50 PM  
Hey, if public masturbation was legal I'd still do it in private.
 
2013-03-08 02:30:01 PM  

kiwimoogle84: you can both suck it.


Apparently not as well s you..
 
2013-03-08 02:32:24 PM  

IRQ12: dv-ous: Flab: This wouldn't be necesary if American women had decent maternity leaves.

Not all of them even take the leave they get. And they're encouraged not to, even by other mothers.

We have a cultural problem; we value work over almost everything else, including health and family.

Whatever it is it's definitely  not mothers and fathers wanting the f out of the house for a 1/3rd of the day.


I work from home and my wife is a stay-at-home mother, except that she stays at home way less than I do. She has play dates, runs errands, takes the kid to the park, goes and hangs out with other stay-at-home-wives (not all of whom are mothers). I just realized the other day that I hadn't actually stepped out of my house in over a week. It was kinda surreal.
 
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