August is National Breastfeeding Month!
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
- 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.
Contact your U.S. legislators in Congress
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
- 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
/ S02249 Requires insurance coverage for the cost of donated breast
- A04402 / S00650 Relates to establishing the lactation accommodation in the Public Transportation Facilities Act
- A08372 / S01544 Mandates the provision of lactation accommodations in airports
/ S03387 Relates to lactation counseling
- A00715 / S03352 Relates to exempting breast pump replacement parts and certain supplies from sales and compensating use taxes
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