This Week in Family
While the U.S. has been reluctant to outlay large amounts of public funding for child care, other countries have taken more aggressive approaches: The Canadian province of Quebec is in the midst of a decades-long experiment that provides generous family leave and a highly subsidized child-care system. But the experiment has its challenges: Quebec has had to start supplementing public child-care centers with private ones in order to make space for every kid, resulting in very different experiences for different families.
The Big Question
Last week, innovators met up at an MIT hackathon to figure out how to improve the experience of breastfeeding:
The occasion was a hackathon that brought together developers, designers, and others to, as the event’s title puts it, “Make the Breast Pump Not Suck.” ... What emerged was an awareness that the challenges surrounding breastfeeding were not just technical and equipment-based. There were practical, social, and economic obstacles that needed to be addressed. Even under perfect circumstances, breastfeeding will not work for every family, but at the core of the hackathon’s vision is that it definitely could be much easier for many people, and there are plenty of borderline cases for which changing the circumstances, technologies, and systems could have a real impact.
What was your experience with breastfeeding? What would have made it easier? What did you struggle with? Tell us your stories in Homebodies, The Atlantic’s Facebook group for discussing family life.