Many states currently have laws protecting nursing mothers in the workplace, but this could gain national application if the proposed health care bill is passed. Buried deep within the bill (page 1,230 of 2,074 – if you’re wondering) are provisions requiring an employer to allow a nursing mother the opportunity to express milk during working hours and provide a private place (but not a bathroom) in which to do so.
There is no final decision on the health care bill so no action is needed at this time. We will update you when more information is available.
You can find out more on this topic by reading “What the Senate Health-Care Bill Says About Breast Feeding” by Jacob Goldstein from the Wall Street Journal. Click here to read the article.