2013 Bumpie Best: Most Controversial Parenting Story

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Welcome to our 2013 Bumpie Best countdown! We’re highlighting the most talked about, most stylish and most amazing new mom, pregnancy and fertility moments that have taken place over the past year. Wondering which celeb mama we most admired in 2013? Or which nursery trend was most loved by moms-to-be? Stay tuned, y’all! We’re rolling though the most defining moments the Year of the Snake brought us.

2013′s Most Controversial Parenting Story Was…

The New Hampshire mama fired for leaving work to breastfeed. When new mom Kate Abra Frederick was fired for asking for an extra fifteen minutes on her break so she could nurse, it sent a shockwave through moms all over the country.

While she was still on maternity leave, Kate asked her employers at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services for an extra fifteen minutes so that she would be able to feed Devon at daycare because he was struggling to take a bottle. She felt that driving the two minutes to the daycare would be the best compromise: She could feed her son and return to work, worry-free. She even offered to make up the time she took off.

Her employer denied what Frederick calls a “reasonable request to accommodate her desire to breastfeed her child during the workday” because under the Affordable Care Act, employers are only required to make it possible for moms to pump their milk at work; nowhere in the law does say that they are required to let their employees breastfeed their kids during work hours.

Ironically enough, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services is responsible for promoting World Breastfeeding Week throughout the state.

Do you think that Kate’s request should have been denied? Read what other moms are saying here

What was the most controversial story you heard all year?

Stay tuned for more 2013 Bumpie Bests…