By Jessica Williams, www.LoveParentingLA.com
I was recently made aware of the Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2011. This bill was introduced on August 1, 2011 and supports women in the workplace to ensure they can not be fired or discriminated against and have a private place and break time to pump. If you would like to show support for this bill, you can tell your representatives and senator to co-sponsor the bill by clicking here for an online form. You can learn more here: www.USBreastfeeding.org.
Here is the official word from the United States Breastfeeding Committee:
“WE know that all major medical authorities recommend that mothers breastfeed exclusively for six months and continue breastfeeding for at least the first year of a child’s life. WE know that breastfeeding saves lives and dollars. WE know that moms need and deserve to be supported to reach their personal breastfeeding goals. And WE know that workplace lactation support is actually simple and cost-effective…but do your Senators or Representative?
All mothers should have the opportunity to breastfeed their infants, but policy and environmental constraints make this inaccessible for many families. The Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2011, introduced into both houses of Congress on August 1, tackles one of the most challenging barriers faced by moms today: returning to work. More than half of women with children under one year old are in the labor force, but without adequate support in the workplace, these mothers are more likely to stop breastfeeding early.
The bill aims to protect and expand the rights of working moms by 1) ensuring that breastfeeding mothers cannot be fired or discriminated against in the workplace, and 2) extending the existing federal provision to ensure that an additional 13.5 million executive, administrative, and professional employees, including elementary and secondary school teachers, have break time and a private place to pump in the workplace.”
With love and support to those mothers who are working away from their infants for extended periods of time and deserve to have pumping made as comfortable as possible.
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