Breastfeeding at: Stanford Minyan, Palo Alto, CA

Stanford Minyan, in Palo Alto, California, USA

Breastfeeding in the Sanctuary:

It is permitted.  “There is no written policy regarding nursing (or essentially anything) but I’ve done it and no one batted an eye.”  However, she notes that “I was deep in the women’s section and was wearing a cover so no skin showed. I would have felt less comfortable if I were more exposed but only because it’s a small minyan and it would make me stand out.”

Private Nursing Locations:

There is a “room across hall from sanctuary”, that is a study lounge, and is usually private.  “Quirks include that anyone can technically walk in (but this rarely happens in practice and if so, you can sit/nurse so you see them before they see you).”  It is labeled “Lounge”, and contains “2 big comfortable couches and pillows.”  It is accessible on Shabbat.

Other Information:

The website offers no policy about breastfeeding.

The community is generally “Pro-breastfeeding. I know due to private discussions I’ve had about it with community members. That said, there are so few mothers of young children/babies that folks are more pro-breastfeeding in theory than in practice. Most members of the community are students (younger) and baby boomers (older).”

General Child Friendliness:

There are no changing tables available.  “We sometimes pull a table into the women’s or men’s bathroom downstairs to change diapers. Or just change them on the floor/couches.”  People leave strollers “downstairs near kiddush.”  Kids’ stuff s left wherever is convenient, and “Pumped milk could be stored in the small mini-fridge downstairs.”

The attitude toward children in the main service is “Welcoming. 1-2 toddlers and kids run around in main service and people always wave at them/engage them. When kids are very loud, parents tend to take them out to the hallway.”

Bottlefeeding is also accepted as “Fine.” in this community.  People are generally indifferent to it.

Wrap-Up:

This synagogue received a rating of

  • Alright, it works pretty well- 3

out of 7, where 1 is the best rating and 7 is the worst.

Contact Information:

Rabbi Daniel Silverstein

Contact via the website: http://stanfordminyan.org/contactus.html

Synagogue Website: http://stanfordminyan.org/

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