Since returning from maternity leave in August, NBC’s chief White House correspondent Hallie Jackson has been very busy at work.
On Saturday, Jackson shared a photo of herself on Instagram on Saturday that many new moms could relate to. In it, she’s using a breast pump while riding in a van with other politics reporters headed to the White House. Learning to pump at work is a predicament many women have had to navigate, and it’s made even more challenging when you need to stick to a breast milk schedule but lack the time or privacy on the job.
“Me, my Spectra, and the White House press corps…” Jackson captioned the photo of herself in the car with her breast pump and a scarf draped over her. “This happened on the way back from Walter Reed Sunday, during the president’s hospitalization, in a van carrying the small group of reporters who travel with the president. It was my turn that day. I hadn’t pumped since 7 that morning, and by the time we set up the live shot at the hospital, held a news conference with the president’s doctors, and then – the dagger – hit traffic on the Beltway, it was 12:30 and now or never.”
Jackson, 36, gave birth to her first child in March, a girl named Monroe. Since then, she’s been pulling back the curtain on what it’s like to be a working, new mom, showing the ups and downs and even bringing her little one on set with her.
“It’s just a picture, but to me it’s a snapshot in time: on day 3 of nonstop coverage, on about 6 hours of sleep total, during one of the most intense weeks in my professional life,” Jackson continued. “Not a day went by this week where