NBC's Whitehouse correspondent, Hallie Jackson, opened up about the development that unfolds from being a working mom, as she got busy with intense journalism.
Hallie Jackson, who has been busy at work since the news of President Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis, took a moment to ruminate on the difficulties attached to being a working and nursing mother.
On her Instagram page, Jackson shared a candid snapshot of herself in transit with her colleagues. However, this was not a social call, as she noted her heartfelt concerns in the caption.
NBC’s chief White House correspondent, Hallie Jackson, speaking on the Today's Sunday Mail show, on November 17, 2019. | YouTube/Today
BEING A NURSING MOM
Hallie Jackson, 36, was photographed sitting on a bus alongside her workmates. She had a Brown shawl whipped around her neck to cover her chest. Beneath the clothing was her milk pump, which was connected to her body. She wrote in her caption:
"Me, my Spectra, and the White House press corps… This happened on the way back from Walter Reed Sunday during the president's hospitalization…"
Jackson, who had her face covered with a white face mask, explained that she had to immediately pump milk because it hadn't been stable in the previous week. While Jackson went about her mom duties, a colleague took the photo, and after Jackson viewed it, many emotions swelled.
JUGGLING MOTHERHOOD AND HER CAREER
For the NBC star, the test of motherhood came with her non-stop coverage of the president's hospital stint. Jackson wrote that it was one of the "most intense weeks of her life" as she only got six hours of sleep in three days.
Jackson noted that having her daughter during the lockdown was a blessing.
This was as opposed to the routine recommended for a nursing mom who needs plenty of rest. Jackson shared that she missed many pumping sessions and had not kept to the diet that saved her milk supply. However, she gave credit to the moms on her team, who helped her pull through.
FIRST TIME MOM
In March, congratulations were in order for the broadcaster and her fellow NBC star spouse, Frank Thorp, as they welcomed their first child together. The newborn named Monroe "Ro" Jackson Thorp, weighed 5 pounds, 9 ounces at birth, and also arrived a few weeks before the due date.
Speaking to TODAY, the happy mom expressed her feelings as she sweetly talked about the first moment she met her child. Jackson noted that she had gotten props and lessons from other moms, but nothing prepared her for the overwhelming feelings when she met her daughter.
BACK AT WORK
Following childbirth, Jackson's maternity leave was considered perfect timing as she got her break during the pandemic lockdown. Returning to work in August, Jackson opened up to InStyle about her break and how she adjusted into motherhood.
Jackson noted that having her daughter during the lockdown was a blessing. Speaking about how moms with school-age kids were faring, Jackson shared that she was in an association with such mothers, and the pandemic coupled with virtual learning was quite impactful.
The 36-year-old made it known that while she was at home, a studio was set up to aid remote working, but being a chief correspondent, she would still need to be on the field.