Is the breast pump the new BlackBerry?
I'm glad Simon made sure we had those sweet midday nursings. And I think mothers like me who cherish their windows of freedom can overdo it. But so do the La Leche purists. A little pumping can allow a mother to continue nursing when she otherwise might just give up. In the end, breast pumps aren't proof of our maternal dedication or abdication, or evidence of our feminist cowardice. They're a convenience that allows us to have it both ways, for a little while at least. That's not the same thing as having it all, but it's a compromise worth savoring.
Emily Bazelon is a Slate senior editor and writes about law, family, and kids. Her forthcoming book, Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Empathy and Character. Find her at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook or Twitter.