Sometimes it just takes a mom to take a stance and stand up for the things that everyone else thinks doesn’t matter. I should know as an advocate for moms and babies I stand up for moms who can’t afford a basic essential like diapers.
And my dear friend Sojourner Marable Grimmett, a mommy blogger, is standing up so that breast-feeding moms have more options other than having their babies eat inside of dirty bathroom stalls. That’s the only options moms in Atlanta have right now and Sojourner thinks that’s a dirty deal that needs to be re-negotiated.
So she’s taken up the cause to get lactation rooms in Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport, also known as the “world’s busiest airport.” Hartsfield-Jackson currently does not have designated lactation rooms for employees or customers. Mothers are asked to feed their children in the restroom or to call in advance to arrange a private room to pump or breastfeed. Breastfeeding in the bathroom is synonymous to having your child literally “eat” in the restroom, Sojourner said. (Would you eat in the restroom?) Breastfeeding mothers deserve safe, secure, and comfortable places to pump and nurse, Sojourner said.
Sojourner of Fox 5 Atlanta’s MyAtlantaMoms.com and blog, Married with Two Boys launched a lactation room support campaign, Table for Two, to bring awareness to these challenges and provide help for breastfeeding mothers seeking to transition back into the workplace and community, particularly through the establishment of lactation rooms. The initiative’s first goal is to establish lactation rooms at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (HJAIA) in Atlanta, Georgia.
“It’s time to establish designated and convenient lactation rooms at Atlanta’s airport, as well as companies, and organizations across the country,” Sojourner said. The campaign is a resource for anyone looking to build lactation rooms in their community and workplaces.
Sojourner is featured in this month’s Tastemaker Magazine to discuss the importance of breastfeeding.