No matter what they're doing or where they are, people who are breastfeeding need to express milk every few hours. As of 2018, all 50 states have enacted laws to protect a woman's right to breastfeed in any place, public or private, as long as they are authorized to be there. However, there are many environments where families face challenges trying to find a clean and private space to nurse or pump. Few public buildings have designated lactation spaces, and many end up in restrooms or on floors. No one should have to compromise their milk supply simply because they cannot access a clean and private space to breastfeed or pump.
Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act (H.R. 866/S. 528)
The Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act, passed in February by voice vote in the House, would require that certain public buildings that contain a public restroom provide a lactation room, other than a bathroom, that is hygienic and available for use by a member of the public. A covered public building may be excluded from the requirement if the building does not contain a lactation room for employees who work in the building and does not have a room that could be repurposed as a lactation space at a reasonable cost; or if new construction would be required and the cost is unfeasible.
The bill has been introduced in the Senate with bipartisan support and referred to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Help us mobilize support to get the bill out of Committee and through the Senate by contacting your Senators today!
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