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Sojourner Marable Grimmett and Monica L. Ponder are co-founders of Table for Two (TFT), Incorporated, a community organization that seeks to establish public lactation rooms for breastfeeding mothers. ...

Sojourner Marable Grimmett and Monica L. Ponder are co-founders of Table for Two (TFT), Incorporated, a community organization that seeks to establish public lactation rooms for breastfeeding mothers. With its grassroots and real-world approach to building global breastfeeding acceptance, the signature TFT campaign asks the important question, "You wouldn't eat in the bathroom, so why would you expect a baby to?" In public locations locally and broadly, lactating mothers are asked to feed their children in the restroom or to call in advance of their travel plans to arrange a private room to pump or breastfeed. All breastfeeding mothers deserve safe, secure, and comfortable places to pump and nurse. Table for Two seeks to build awareness so that this basic human right will become a reality. The TFT campaign is a resource for anyone looking to build lactation rooms in their community and workplaces. For more information, please visit www.supporttablefortwo.org, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/supporttablefortwo, and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/lactationrooms.

Sojourner Marable Grimmett, MA
Email: SojournerGrimmett@gmail.com
Web: http://sojournermarablegrimmett.blogspot.com

Monica L. Ponder, MS, MSPH
Email: mlp@mlpcommunications.com
Web: www.mlpcommunications.com

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    Breastfeeding Summit: ROSE Conference featuring Table for Two (TFT) Breastfeeding Summit: ROSE Conference featuring Table for Two (TFT) Presentation Transcript

    • Sojourner Marable Grimmett, MAMonica Lindsey Ponder, MS, MSPH Co-founders, Table for Two Foundation, Inc.
    • Table For Two Foundation, Inc. (TFT):• TFT is a community organization that seeks to establish public lactation rooms for breastfeeding mothers.• We provide grassroots and real-world approaches to building global breastfeeding acceptance.• The signature TFT campaign asks the important question, "You wouldnt eat in the bathroom, so why would you expect a baby to?"
    • Table For Two Foundation, Inc. (TFT):In public locations locally and broadly, lactating mothers are asked to feed their children in the restroom or to call inadvance of their travel plans to arrange a private room to pump or breastfeed. All breastfeeding mothers deserve safe, secure, and comfortable places to pump and nurse. Table for Two seeks to build awareness so that this basic human right will become a reality. The TFT campaign is aresource for anyone looking to build lactation rooms in their community and workplaces.
    • Table For Two Foundation, Inc. (TFT):
    • Table For Two Foundation, Inc. (TFT):
    • History• Over the last several decades, there have been major changes in the United States in how families address the issue of women working outside the home.• Fifty years ago, the majority of American women did not work outside the home. However, two wars played a major role in the labor workforce: World War II and the Vietnam War.• After the war, most of these women returned to their previous roles as wives and homemakers, although a significant minority remained in the workforce.• With the emergence of the women’s rights movement of the 1960s, women began to demand equal opportunity for employment and better wages.
    • Motherhood and the Workplace A couple years ago, I interviewed working mothers in higher education to find out how they balance work and motherhood. Common themes emerged from the interviews: • Torn with how to balance work and motherhood • Frustrated with the lack of work policies to support mothers • Guilt • Extremely grateful for and expressive about the importance of family support“Working Moms: Finding a Balance. Between Work and Motherhood,” Chapter 1 was first published inthe SACRAO Journal, volume 23, pp. 5-10. (2001)
    • Motherhood and the WorkplaceAccording to Mason and Ekman:• Most women who choose to have a career and family are forced to modify the pace at which they are able to move up the professional ladder. ***―Women adopt various strategies to successfully combine family and employment obligations. One is to postpone childbearing and to havesmaller families. Another adaptation is women’s choices of part-time or gender-segregated jobs that aresupposedly easy to enter, leave and reenter.‖ (Spain & Bianchi, 1996) “Working Moms: Finding a Balance. Between Work and Motherhood,” Chapter 1 was first published in the SACRAO Journal, volume 23, pp. 5-10.
    • Motherhood and the Workplace • There is a constant struggle between family-friendly pursuits that support family and children and the yearning women have to pursue professional careers. In some situations, employers respect the need; in others, they don’t. • Ann Crittenden (2001) in The Price of Motherhood states: ―A mother’s work is not just invisible; it can become a handicap. Raising children may be the most important job in the world, but you can’t put it on a résumé‖ (p. 3). • The achievement of success for most women is having a profession, healthy and positive families, and supporting the development of one’s children.Sojourner Marable Grimmett
    • Facts82.8 millionEstimated number of moms in the US and roughly 61% ofmoms work.Modern MomsAverage 2 Kids (1950s: 3.3 Kids, 1700s: 7-10 Kids).First-time MomsAverage age of new moms is 25 (vs. 21 in 1970).7 out of 10Moms are in the labor force, compared with 5 out of 10 in1950.
    • Facts4 out of 10Moms who work full time perform volunteer work at some pointduring the year.Several reasons why women return to work: • Families dependent on two incomes. • Being the primary breadwinner for their children. • Women want to work outside the home because they desire to achieve through professional careers of their own.Breastfeeding during the first 12 months of an infant’s life hasbeen shown to provide tremendous health benefits for thechild, even long-term. The decision to return to work can sometimes conflict with a mother’s breastfeeding goals.Source: Utgoff, K. (2005, May). Labor Market Data. Speech presented before Joint Economic Committee for United StatesCongress: Washington, D.C.
    • Breastfeeding in the Workplace• Women have lobbied for years to establish lactation rooms in their places of employment and public facilities.• Only recently have states begun to pass laws that help ensure that mothers have a private place to nurse their children.2 Major Challenges• I believe there are a lot of women who want to continue breastfeeding when they return back to work from maternity leave, but decide to stop nursing because there is no place for them to pump at work.• However, I also feel that having a compassionate and supportive supervisor can make a world of difference for nursing moms and can support "Breast Time.”
    • Breastfeeding in the Workplace • Unfortunately, many mothers stop breastfeeding prematurely due to the inconvenience and lack of privacy • The painful reality of allowing breast milk to ―dry up‖ when women are not ready to stop nursing can cause tremendous grief, depression, and disappointment for mothers anxious to provide the most important nutrients to their newborn. • If you are interested in breastfeeding and don’t have a lactation room at your job, then speak up and request that a private room be established. • Table for Two, Incorporated was created to foster the establishment of public lactation rooms for breastfeeding mothersSojourner Marable Grimmett
    • Background: My Journey • Prior to our first son’s birth I was a workaholic. I worked more than 10-hour days and responded to work-related e- mails on the weekends. My life was my job; and work came first. I skipped family functions and sorority meetings to perform work related tasks. I sacrificed my personal and social life to advance my professional career. • I had fears of returning to work—fears of not being able to juggle my new life and fears that my supervisor and co- workers would not understand my struggle to maintain a happy medium. And, although, I am an extremely good multitasker, having the responsibility of taking care of another human being is a huge deal. Sleep deprivation, diaper changes, dressed in burping clothes, and pacing up and down the same hallway ruled my whole universe. I was a changed woman.Sojourner Marable Grimmett
    • Balancing a Professional Career and Motherhood Maternity leave gave me time to collect my thoughts and prioritize my life. Before returning back to work (from maternity leave with our oldest son), I decided to modify my work schedule in this manner: • Asked my supervisor if I could change my work hours to 8 am – 5 pm, in order to pick up our son from daycare • Found a daycare facility where I could monitor our child online • Made a firm commitment to leave work on time every day • With our second child, I helped establish a lactation room on campus, in order for moms to have a safe place to pump and maintain their milk supplySojourner Marable Grimmett Now I advocate for other working mothers!
    • How can you Support TFT? Take action today to help • Like our Facebook page establish lactation rooms in • Follow us on Twitter public places! @LactationRooms #LactationRooms • Share your comments on our YouTube video • Share our campaign with others • Recommend a company to TFT (Breastfeeding friendly or not)Current project: Send an email to HJAIA encouraging them to establish lactation rooms at: http://www.atlanta-airport.com/Airport/ATL/contact_information.aspx
    • Sojourner Marable Grimmett talks about the goal and efforts of her Public Square Atlanta group, "Establish Lactation Rooms at Atlantas Airport," as well as what she sees as the benefits to both the public and airport in providing dedicated spaces for nursing mothers.Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BW1jUAhMHk
    • www.supporttablefortwo.org
    • www.facebook.com/supporttablefortwo
    • Helpful Publications and Resources Ellison, S. (2001). The Courage to Be a Single Mother: Becoming Whole Again After Divorce. New York: HarperCollins. Gentile, M. C. (1996). Managerial Excellence Through Diversity: Text & Cases. Illinois: Waverly Press. Kunhardt, J., Spiegel, L. & Kunhardt, S. (2004). Intimate Dialogue on Becoming a Mother. New York: The Soho Parenting Center. Orenstein, P. (2000) Flux: Women on Sex, Work, Love, Kids & Life in a Half-Changed World. New York: Anchor Books. Sachs, W. (2005) How She Really Does It: Secrets of Successful Stay-At-Work Moms. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press. Warren, E. and Tyagi, A. (2003) The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle Class Parents Are Going Broke. New York: Basic Books.Sojourner Marable Grimmett
    • Thank you! Thank you!Please feel free to email us!Sojourner Marable Grimmett, MAEmail: SojournerGrimmett@gmail.comWeb: http://sojournermarablegrimmett.blogspot.comPhone: 404.783.3522Monica Lindsey Ponder, MS, MSPHEmail: mlp@mlpcommunications.comWeb: www.mlpcommunications.comPhone: 404.593.5597For more information, please visit www.supporttablefortwo.org,on Facebook at www.facebook.com/supporttablefortwo, andon Twitter at www.twitter.com/lactationrooms.