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Is there anyone here that could help me with an issue regarding breastfeeding and accommodations in a standardized test? I've copied my post from elsewhere for the (mostly) full details. Feel free to PM me with any information or contacts. Thanks!<br><br>
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A question for you ladies (I'm making a sexist assumption that we're all ladies here):<br><br>
Background Info:<br>
I (and my husband) have recently decided that I will apply to law school this coming year. In order to do this, I need to take the LSAT. This isn't a big deal (took it before but my scores are invalid now because they're past the three year mark). The big deal lies in that my daughter, Miriam, is six months old and still exclusively breastfed (no solids). She refuses all bottles and is "eh" with cups. I need to take the test in June (the 11th, specifically).<br><br>
My Question:<br>
Has anyone ever attempted to get accommodated testing in order to take their baby in with them to the test? It is accepted practice for persons to have testing alone (I of course wouldn't bring a baby into general testing) and/or with extended time (nice because of distraction but I'm willing to work without it if I need to), so I certainly wouldn't be asking for anything that hasn't been given before. On the other hand, I'm not sure how to go about getting this. In order to get accommodated testing, I believe I need to declare as a disability but...it's not, really. Is breastfeeding covered under ADA? Any suggestions or places to check out?<br><br>
As a note, by the time I start law school she will be well over a year and certainly capable of drinking from a cup and/or eating solids. That, or I just won't go. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br><br>
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I have no information for you, but I would contact the LSAT company directly to request the accommmodation, and as soon as possible. Good Luck.
 

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I plan on contacting them today. The issue lies in that they request that all accommodations are submitted with the registration paperwork and *then* they'll decide what, if any, they'll give. So I'm trying to figure out how to word this and what backup information I might could find so that I don't end up with a test date that I can't use. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Breastfeeding is not covered under ADA, however that doesn't mean that it isn't covered by some other state statute or that the company doesn't have a policy about it (if you're lucky) or that you won't have a sympathetic person reviewing the paperwork.<br><br>
Frankly, I think that it's a longshot -- but it's definitely worth pursuing. Good luck!
 

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I really doubt they'll do it; I know from experience that the LSAT can be real jerks about things that ARE covered by the ADA, and require insane amounts of documentation--a "doctor's note" doesn't cut it for most of their "accomodations," you're talking about tons and tons of paperwork. No, I'm 99.99999% sure they'll say no.
 

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I would expect the answer to be no, and I'd just make preparations to work around the LSAT schedule. If I remember correctly (it's been years), there is some sort of longer break in the middle, right? I would have my dh come with me to the exam and I'd show up early. I'd nurse right before I had to go into the exam, and if the babe needed it, nurse during the break. We were allowed to leave the room at one point, I think. Honestly, though, I just can't remember.<br><br>
Most likely, though, the baby won't even need to BF during the break. When I went back to work at 2 mos pp, dd would go on 6 hour bottle strikes when I was out of the house (at first). She wasn't unhappy or crying for me; she was just waiting to see if I'd come home before she was willing to take the bottle.<br><br>
I think it should go off without a hitch; you just kind of have to make a day of it with your dd and your dh. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
GL. I'm rooting for 180 for you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
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