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Passing of Fairness for Breastfeeding Act 2019

If you have been following along on the Fairness for Breastfeeding Act, we are pleased to announce that on July 25th, the act was signed by the president and is now an official US law. To learn more about the laws journey, check out our previous blog post here!

Here is a breakdown of exactly what the law requires:

'This bill requires that certain public buildings that are open to the public and contain a public restroom provide a lactation room, other than a bathroom, that is hygienic and is available for use by members of the public to express milk. The lactation room must be shielded from public view, be free from intrusion, and contain a chair, a working surface, and (if the building is supplied with electricity) an electrical outlet.

A public building may be excluded from such requirement at the discretion of the official responsible for its operation if:

-It does not contain a lactation room for employees and does not have a space that could be repurposed as one or that could be made private by using portable materials, at a reasonable cost;

- Or the cost of new construction required to create a lactation room is not feasible.'

This a step forward in both the normalization of breastfeeding as well as the promotion of breastfeeding for all moms, even those that have to go back to work after birth. Overall, this is a step for health outcomes nationwide!

Until next time!

Mikayla and Cassie

Mamas Maternal Health Lactation Counselors/Dietitians


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