Breastfeeding Med Student Denied Extra Time During Licensing Exam

A Massachusetts judge this week ruled against the mom of a 4-month-old who’d asked the court to compel the National Board of Medical Examiners to allot her extra time during her 9-hour medical licensing test so she could pump her breastmilk. In denying the mother’s request, Norfolk Superior Court Judge Patrick Brady argued: “The plaintiff may take the test and pass, notwithstanding what she considers to be unfavorable conditions. The plaintiff may delay the test, which is offered numerous times during the year, until she has finished her breastfeeding and the need to express milk."

 

However the mom in question, Sophie Currier, has said she needs to take the test before she’s able to commence her medical residency at a

Boston hospital this fall. Currier’s attorney,

Christine Smith Collins, told the Boston Globe that she’ll appeal the decision, adding, “Basically, the judge decided it’s okay to tell women to wait until they are done being moms to become professionals, which, as far as I’m concerned, is not acceptable in this day and age.” (September 2007)