Academic Motherhood and Breastfeeding on Campus

A new book “Academic Motherhood” outlines the lack of support and resources that women academics face when they return to work and need to breastfeed their babies. New mothers encounter stigma when they breastfeed because they are not provided a comfortable, quiet place where they can lactate. One study finds that in one American state alone, there are 12,000 faculty members and students who are pregnant or lactating at any one time. One of the authors says:

“Women are uncomfortable asking for help. Women who have had children and have the experience can rally around them. It takes guts to talk about it.”