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We have an opportunity again to help breastfeeding mothers (and families) in South Carolina. Rep. Ann Peterson Hutto has introduced a bill supporting breastfeeding mothers with regard to custody/visitation. The proposed bill, #H4411, states a judge must take into account the breastfeeding relationship for a child up to the age of 2 when deciding on custody/visitation. We already have a few co-sponsors: Chip Limehouse, Leon Stavernacus, and Joan Brady. That's great, but 3 of the 4 are from Charleston. This is not a Charleston bill, rather a bill that will benefit all of South Carolina. If you know other friends, family, professionals or organizations around the state, please have them contact their Representatives.

The bill has gone to the Judiciary Committee. These are the Representatives that we must contact now. This is the second year of the session. That means what does not pass by May will die. To access all the info you need visit You will be able to see what committee your representative is on, who is on Judiciary, etc. Please help support H4411.

I have just returned from Washington representing South Carolina at the United States Breastfeeding Committee. To quote the representative from the CDC "Be LOUD about breastfeeding". There may be info. soon about a "town hall meeting". If you are interested in helping this bill pass or want future alerts in regard to the bill, contact Lin Cook at [email protected] or call 843-696-1068.

Please forward to your local La Leche League, Holistic Moms' Network, natural parenting groups, or anyone else who is a breastfeeding advocate in SC.
Thank you!
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