Alameda Councilmember Malia Vella said last spring that she was inclined to breast-feed her newborn at the council dais if improvements for working mothers were not made at City Hall. Changes like new changing tables in restrooms and a plan to purchase a breast-feeding pod for City Hall is already in the works.
But despite Alameda City Hall’s bid to catch up with modernity, Vella said Monday that another reality of parenthood will require her to bring her newborn son to Tuesday night’s council meeting. Her husband is working late Tuesday and she doesn’t have a sitter.
Vella is believed to be the first councilmember to give berth while serving on the Alameda City Council. The addition of a “junior councilmember” will surely also be a first.