Advocacy Issues

The Providing Urgent Maternal Protections (PUMP) for Nursing Mothers Act was signed into law on December 29, 2022.

The PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act extends the coverage of the Break Time law so that all workers (agriculture workers, nurses, teachers, truck and taxi drivers, home care workers, managers) have a clear right to break time and space to pump during the workday.


Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021

H.R. 959 and S. 346

The goal of the bill is to end preventable maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity in the United States and close disparities in maternal health outcomes. Please click the link for more information.


The Federal Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA)

The federal Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA), as part of the FY 2023 omnibus spending package, was signed into law December 2022 and goes into effect on June 27, 2023.


The PWFA Act expands and further guarantees accommodations for pregnant women.  It will establish that it is an unlawful employment practice for an employer with 15 or more employees to 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.


Advocate for Ongoing Federal Legislation

Learn more at the United States Breastfeeding Committee's website under the Policy & Actions tab. 


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 accommodations, improved maternity care practices, and improved consumer protections regarding infant formula labeling and marketing claims. 


Contact your U.S. legislators in Congress



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:


Resource for divorce and breastfeeding issues: 


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




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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