I may be in New York now, but I still consider Massachusetts my home. So it’s heartening to see the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition pushing state legislators to enact laws to protect breastfeeding. Right now the Bay State is one of four states that has absolutely no law whatsoever that addresses breastfeeding. But that could change. One of the bills pending now protects a mom’s right to breastfeed in public.
The Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition has planned a breastfeeding lobbying day on Wednesday, May 9. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
10:00 am – noon
State House Room 109
If you’d like to see some change on a federal level head to Washington, DC on May 10th for a nurse-in. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) is re-introducing the federal Breastfeeding Promotion Act on May 10, 2007.
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
New Jersey and Independence Ave., SE
Washington, D.C. (Capitol Hill)
INCLEMENT WEATHER ROOM: TBD
Here’s a summary of the Act, courtesy of Angela at Breastfeeding123
The Breastfeeding Promotion Act (1) amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to protect breastfeeding by new mothers (specifically the Act expands the Pregnancy Discrimination Act to protect breastfeeding and expressing milk in the workplace), (2) provides tax incentives for businesses that establish private lactation areas in the workplace, (3) provides for a performance standard for breast pumps, and (4) allows breastfeeding equipment to be tax deductible for families.
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