Friday, April 11, 2008

Breastfeeding Act before the House

It is unfortunate that we need legislation to protect breastfeeding, but we do. Far too often, mothers are shamed and kicked off flights and out of buildings for nourishing their child. Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) introduced the Breastfeeding Protection Act in the House of Representatives.

Here's "the lowdown" from MomsRising. org:
P.S. THE LOWDOWN ON THE BREASTFEEDING PROMOTION ACT: Representative Carolyn Maloney's Breastfeeding Promotion Act (H.R. 3799) would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to protect breastfeeding by new mothers by providing tax credits to employers who provide a place to breastfeed and/or provide breast pumps. This makes it a lot easier for women who want to give their babies breastmilk and keep their jobs. As you may know, 82% of American women become mothers by the time they are forty-four years old, so this issue is critically important to a large portion of our nation. To read the bill, visit The Library of Congress Website.

One of the nice things about MomsRising is that they have an easy submission form letter that you can send (and edit before sending) to your Congresspeople. This way-- even if you don't have time to write out a letter yourself, you can still encourage your representatives to be involved and active in topics important to you!


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