Tikkun Leil Shabbat, in Washington, DC, USA
Breastfeeding in the Sanctuary:
It is permitted. There is “no written policy. I nurse uncovered in during services every time I go, and no one has said a word to me. Several moms have even thanked me for making them feel more comfortable. I was one of the first people in the community to have a baby – 4.5 years ago, and I started bringing my little one and nursing (without a cover) when she was about 6 weeks old. Lots of mothers who have had babies after me bring their babies to services and nurse – most use covers but not all.”
Private Nursing Locations:
There is no designated nursing room/space, but “there’s a classroom where some of the kids play when they get bored or disruptive during services and some moms nurse there.” It is between the sanctuary and the bathrooms. There s no sign or label. “No one tells you to go there because nursing is welcomed in the sanctuary, but people find it by following the sounds of the older small children – or just following their older small children who magically find the other kids.” It is accessible on Shabbat.
The website offers no information about breastfeeding.
The community is supportive and positive about breastfeeding, including the breastfeeding of toddlers. “About 4 years ago, I once gave community announcement while nursing my 6ish month old. No one said a word to me about it. I suspect some people were uncomfortable, but the fact that I did that has opened the way for all of the other mothers in the community to nurse in the kahal when and how they want or need to.”
General Child Friendliness:
There are no changing tables. There is no real space for strollers but people put them near the coats. There s space for children’s supplies, including a fridge for pumped milk.
The attitude toward children in the main service is very supportive.
This community is also very supportive and positive toward bottle feeding.
This synagogue received a rating of
- Great, could barely be better- 1
out of 7, where 1 is the best rating and 7 is the worst.
Synagogue Website: http://tikkunleilshabbat.blogspot.com/