‘A Pumping Conspiracy’: Why Workers Smuggled Breast Pumps Into Prison – The New York Times

From the article:

Yet the United States has one of the lowest breast-feeding rates of any industrialized nation. One reason is that, unlike every other developed country, the government doesn’t guarantee paid maternity leave.

Once back at work, many women find that their employers make it virtually impossible to pump. A 2013 survey of 550 women nationwide conducted by researchers at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health found that 60 percent did not have the time or a place to express milk on the job.

I really feel like I live in some sort of Dickensian labor nightmare.