Actress Sarah Drew campaigned to use her breast pump in a scene for the hit TV show. It was a major step in the movement to normalize breastfeeding.
Grey's Anatomy actress Sarah Drew (and former Fit Pregnancy cover model) had an interesting idea while filming the show: She wanted a recent episode to feature a scene in which her character, April, pumped breast milk.
It might not sound like much, but breastfeeding moms will understand how huge this is: How often do we see characters dealing with the more tedious parts of motherhood on TV shows, after all? What's more, the move did wonders to normalize breastfeeding—and that was Sarah's exact intention.
"I asked to have [that] pumping scene," Sarah, who is a mother in real life, told Glamour. "As a breastfeeding mother, I would be pumping if I was away from my baby. So that action, that cut, made it into the scene. It’s something I really care about and is part of, for me, what it means to be a working mother. You have to account for all of that stuff when you travel away from your child. I always really celebrate the moments where we get a window into that struggle or that journey."
Sarah also told the episode's director to get a wide shot of the scene—that way viewers could get a glimpse of all the pumping equipment moms require.
Not surprisingly, fans fell in love with the revealing scene. "Love that this scene made it in! Showed how breastfeeding & working moms fit pumping in so babies get fed," one viewer tweeted. Another added: "@GreysABC thank you for showing @sarahdrew pumping! To show that even hard working women can still work and pump is inspiring!"
We're with them—we couldn't possibly love the decision to include the pumping scene more. Not only did Sarah normalize breastfeeding, she found a way to show millions of people what motherhood really looks like and how tough it can be. Kudos to Sarah and the creative team behind Grey's Anatomy.