Magazine article Working Mother

Nursing Rights

Magazine article Working Mother

Nursing Rights

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Over the past few years, there's been a lot of affirmation about how great breastfeeding is for both mother and baby. So why are U.S. laws still so far behind? Only 21 states formally exempt breastfeeding from public indecency laws,accordingto information from the National Conference of State Legislatures. There is no federal legislation to protect a woman's right to nurse in public, and even when there is a public breastfeeding law, in some states business owners can kick a woman out if they don't want her to nurse her baby in their establishment, says Melissa Vance, an attorney with La Leche League International, a breastfeed ing advocacy grou p. Even the workplace isn't safe: Many businesses still fall to provide breastfeeding employees with a clean, comfortable place to pump or sufficient breaks to do so. (For employers that do support breastfeeding,seeounooBestCompanies for Working Mothers, page 80.) Fed up with the discrimination, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) has just introduced the Breastfeeding Promotion Act, a proposed amendment to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. …

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