Senator Tammy Duckworth on breastfeeding, preschool drop off and the importance of your village
Senator Tammy Duckworth (Illinois) is one of the most prominent mothers in American government today. In 2014, at the age of 46, she gave birth to her first child, Abigail, and became one of only 10 women in history to give birth while serving in Congress. In 2018, she once again made headlines after giving birth to her second child, Maile, this time becoming the first U.S. Senator to give birth while in office. In addition to being a groundbreaking politician, a purple heart recipient and veteran of the Iraq War, Senator Duckworth is a powerful advocate for veterans and working families. Senator Duckworth spoke with Liz from the Senate offices in Washington, DC and chatted about how motherhood opened her eyes to the important policy changes needed to better serve working families, as well as her own difficult journey to motherhood.
Elise Loehnen is the Chief Content Officer at Goop and the well-known right-hand woman of Gwenyth Paltrow. Before coming to Goop, Elise had a high-powered career in magazines, working at Conde Nast Traveler and Lucky. Today, Elise serves as a frequent go-to spokesperson for Goop, co-hosts the Goop podcast, and is a mother to her two sons, Max and Sam.
In this episode, Liz chats with Elise about postpartum depletion and what our healthcare system can do to better serve women before, during and after pregnancy.