Advocacy Issues

 

Advocate for Federal Legislation

 

Learn more at the United States Breastfeeding Committee's website: www.usbreastfeeding.org.  Look under the Policy & Actions tab. 

  • Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act: The Act would provide paid family and medical leave benefits.
  • MOMMA's Act: The bill would improve federal efforts with respect to the prevention of maternal mortality and reduction of maternal morbidity.  It would provide a standard measure for states to report maternal mortality, issue best practices, establish Regional Centers of Excellance, and expand Medicaid and CHIP coverage for postpartum care from 60 days to a year.
  • Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA): The Act would expand and further guarantee accommodations for pregnant women.  It would establish that it is an unlawful employment practice for an employer with 15 or more employees not make reasonable accommodations to the known limitations related to the pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions of the employee, unless the employer can demonstrate that the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of the business.
  • PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act: This bill would close the coverage gap by protecting employees unintentionally excluded from the Break Time law by extending the law's protections to cover salaried employees as well as other categories of employees currently exempted from protections, such as teachers. It would provide employers clarity on when pumping time must be paid and when it may be unpaid. 
  • Friendly Airports for Mothers Improvement Act/Small Airport Mothers' Rooms Act of 2019: This bill would amend Title 49, United States Code to require small hub airports to construct areas for nursing mothers.
  • Maternal Health Pandemic Response Act of 2020 (H.R. 8027): The bill would address maternal mortality and morbidity during the COVID-19 pandemic by improving research and data collection and delicating resources to safeguard the health of pregnant and postpartum women.  Read the press release.

 

Contact your U.S. legislators in Congress

www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml

 

Breastfeeding Saves Dollars and Makes Sense

 

Contact your U.S. congressional representative and inform them that breastfeeding is good for families, employers and the economy.  Tell them that congressional action is urgently needed to remove barriers to breastfeeding success.  We need improved workplace accomodations, improved maternity care practices, and improved consumer protections regarding infant formula labeling and marketing claims. 

 

Advocate for NY Legislation: Assembly and Senate Bills

 

  • A02866 / S00483  Requires human breast milk banks, companies and cooperatives to comply with certain standards and provides for education and support of certain breastfeeding mothers
  • A03015 / S01802  Provides medical assistance coverage for the cost of donor breast milk which is medically necessary for certain infants
  • A03032 / S03296  Relates to reimbursement for donor human breast milk
  • A02759 / S02249  Requires insurance coverage for the cost of donated breast milk
  • A04402 / S00650  Relates to establishing the lactation accommodation in the Public Transportation Facilities Act
  • A08372 / S01544  Mandates the provision of lactation accommodations in airports
  • A02345 / S03387  Relates to lactation counseling services
  • A00715 / S03352  Relates to exempting breast pump replacement parts and certain supplies from sales and compensating use taxes   

 

Other Information

 

Resources are available here:

www.usbreastfeeding.org/LegislationPolicy/BreastfeedingAdvocacyHQ/BreastfeedingSavesDollarsandMakesSense/tabid/339/Default.aspx

 

Resource for divorce and breastfeeding issues:

http://www.pabreastfeeding.org/news/protecting-breastfeeding-while-in-a-divorce-or-custody-dispute/

 

Albany-based attorney provides links to free webinars and other free resources:

www.laurenhuntesq.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 1994 a mother visiting a mall in Latham NY, took a break from shopping to nurse her baby.  A security guard told her to stop breastfeeding or leave.  Mothers rallied their support and organized a nurse-in. This is their story.  

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PO Box 61

Delmar, NY 12054

Email: nysbcinc@gmail.com

 

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