Study of Nursing Mothers
The participation of women in a higher education program depends on the extent to which the program takes into consideration the special needs of women—issues that have long plagued women’s participation in education programs. In this study, we found that issues like childcare have not received any special consideration in the delivery of part-time higher education programs. This paper argues that university administration should review its present arrangements with regard to the participation of nursing mothers, for example, in part-time academic work. Efforts should be made to make daily academic activities nursing-mother friendly—reviewing the timetable to provide baby time-out and allowing for fewer daily academic activities; providing adequate daycare for children; and providing special counseling to alleviate the childcare and learning stress faced by nursing mothers.