While the Affordable Care Act protects a mother’s right to pump when she is at work, our country and our city have some work to do to make breast-pumping in public more accessible to mothers. Public locations to pump are often limited to bathrooms (ick!) and outlets can be difficult to find. That said, there are some locations to pump near The National Mall so we’ve put together resources to help!
1. It is your right to breastfeed anywhere you can legally be in DC! Sometimes you may encounter strangers who aren’t aware that the law protects nursing mothers and babies. Here is a simple card you may want to print out, explaining your rights as a nursing mother.
2. Below is a map of locations that have indicated an intention to set up private or semi-private nursing and pumping areas, or that have family restrooms with outlets and benches:
3. There are often many restrictions about what you can carry at marches, rallies and other events on The Mall. Large backpacks (like pump bags) are often banned. Contact your event organizers for specific information on what you can bring with you.