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I support the FAMILY Act. Do you?

I took advantage of California Paid Family Leave after my baby was born. During that 12 weeks, I bonded with my baby by breastfeeding him as often and as long as possible; I also built a very good milk supply. By the time I went back to work when my little one turned 3 months old, I had two gallon of breast milk stored in my freezer.

The working environment I returned to was, unfortunately, very unfriendly to breastfeeding mothers. I went through a long, exhausting process of fighting just for a reasonable pumping space and a harassment-free office, which caused me to be stressed out with my milk drying up.

Luckily, I was able to continue exclusively breastfeeding my little one with my stored milk supply.

Moms, let’s talk about health care

My name is Angela Warren and I am an uninsured mother of four in Arizona.

I had worked full-time since I was 15, but that changed after the birth of my 4th child at 34. For years I went to work at 4:30 AM and was able to provide quality health insurance for my children. I had great coverage as a Manager at Starbucks and didn’t know what uninsured parents in the United States were going through, until I became one myself. After my youngest child was born, I became a full time stay at home mother, and we were able to receive coverage from my husband’s employer. This worked for some time, but my husband and I divorced, and while my children were still thankfully eligible for health insurance coverage under his plan, I became uninsured.

Tough Choices for Momepreneurs: Combating the Health Insurance Barrier

I am an entrepreneur, a momepreneur, to be exact.

I was working full-time at a university writing center when I had my second child at the age of 41.  It became clear to me that working full time was too much of a strain on my family. I decided to move down from full-time to part-time employment, but instead of improving things, the stress of doing a full time job in part time hours was too much. It was evident to me then that if I was going to be healthy and happy, I needed to make a change—and that change meant starting my own business. The flexibility of being an entrepreneur allows me to spend more quality time with my family while still pursuing my own professional goals. However, despite the benefits of being a momeprenuer, healthcare coverage almost kept me, and later my husband, from making the decision that would improve our lives.

Nursing Mom Speaks Out Against LSAC Policy

By Ashley

On October 1, 2011, I sat on the bathroom floor of the LSAT test center pumping milk for my 5 month old son. I felt dirty, embarrassed, stressed, and alone. Things no one should feel as they are in the midst of taking one of the most important exams of their life. An exam that is key to gaining entry into a profession that fights for and defends the rights of all individuals to compete on an even playing field so they can live up to their full potential.

A few months before signing up to take the LSAT, I called the organization that administers the LSAT, the Law Schools Admissions Council, and asked if I could get an additional 15 minutes added to the break time provided, and be given a private place to pump breast milk. LSAC denied my application because breastfeeding is not considered a “disability.”

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