"Pump & Feed" is a (virtual) performance ritual by Taja Lindley that comments on the labor of breastfeeding when returning to work after maternity leave. This work is inspired by Lindey's younger sister who recently gave birth and is navigating infant feeding postpartum as a special needs teacher for elementary school students.
We often hear "breast is best" yet postpartum folks are not always supported. This piece asks: how can we (better) support breastfeeding parents? What labor is required and by whom for this support? What systems and relationships need to transform so that postpartum folks are not shouldering this responsibility alone?
"Pump & Feed" premiered at "We Are Each Other's Harvest: Postpartum Nutrition and Infant Feeding" on Monday May 8th, 2023. This event was the second day of a series of events curated by the inaugural National Postpartum Awareness Week. You can watch the replay here. The performance begins at 01:20:55.