While pregnant with my now 5 year-old son, I moved near a chapel with the tiniest, stinkiest Mothers Room I have ever seen.
I think it is important that lactating mothers assert their right to feed their children wherever and whenever necessary. However, I appreciate the extra respect and courtesy some institutions show for nursing mothers by providing comfortable breastfeeding rooms where mothers can nurse their children without worrying about noise, distractions, or perceived modesty.
My local chapel had such a room, but it would more accurately be labeled “Mothers Closet”. It only had room for one rocking chair. That would have worked well if our congregation had only one baby, but nearly everyone who attended this Mormon chapel was Mormon and Mormons like to have babies. Mothers and their screaming infants were frequently sighted checking the room, finding it occupied, and then searching for another location.
The one rocking chair in the itty bitty Mothers Closet was shoved against the changing table. Imagine the smell! I should also mention that there were only two changing tables in the building–in the Mothers Closet and in the Women’s Restroom. Lucky dads! They got Sundays off from diaper duty.Read More