Topanga Cafe, Kitsilano. December 2011.
Because the lady behind the counter is worried about my baby gnawing on a straw while sitting in my arms (he could get hurt! in so many ingenious ways!) but not the range of bacterial infections that could come from lying down in a public john.
…and just in case you were wondering: the straw is that black line next to the toilet. That was the last time he gnawed on it.
I literally think I’m dying!!! I’m screaming in pain as my first baby is being born – it feels like I’m shitting a hippo!!! – and Peter is crying and then I’m holding her and it feels like the most feminist thing in the world anyone could ever do. I love my children!!! And suddenly I feel, Woomph, I’m creative, I’m going to write five columns and a book while I’m breast-feeding. Wowzer!! If you want a job done, ask a working mother. They are the most productive people in the UNIVERSE.
From ‘How to Be a Woman’ by Caitlin Moran (http:///theguardian/books/2011/jun/20/how-to-be-a-woman)
After sparking a particularly heated discussion about the absurdity of not having a clean, safe place to change babies in the entire education building on McGill University campus, our dear mamactivist Sarah was delighted to receive the following email:
Subject: Baby Change Station Installation
Sent on behalf of Patricia Jackson, Building Director, Faculty of Education
Baby Change Station Installation – March 7th
Facilities will be installing at least one baby change station in the Education Building on Wednesday, March 7th. The installation is expected to last approximately 1 to 2 hours and therefore shall not disrupt usage for very long. During the work, the woman’s washroom will have men working in it and a sign will be posted directing people to the next closest woman’s washroom.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:
Work Order Administrator
Facilities Operations and Development
One down, ~40 more to go!
In an airport security washroom.
ABC News reported on Friday that a mother in Hawaii needed to pump breast milk in the open area of an airport bathroom in order for a TSA agent to permit her to get through security with her breast pumping equipment.
“I’m in a dress, in heels and I find myself in front of a sink and mirrors with travelers coming in and out of the bathroom,” Amy Strand told ABCNews.com. “I’m standing at the sink with my breast hanging out, pumping. I wanted to cry. I was humiliated.”
Read the full story here.
Vancouver, December 2011. Salmon n’ Bannock restaurant.
Because this cute little table was probably intended for more dignified things, but… mamas gotta do what mamas gotta do.
Train from Montreal to Toronto, December 2011.
Because they do sometimes have a changing table in the first class washroom. For short babies up to 33 lbs.
Montreal, December 2011. The empty hallway of our ‘temperature controlled’ storage locker at Beaumont Mini-Storage.
Because I’d rather change my baby in a hallway covered with bits of broken glass than their bathroom floor.